By Rishi Sangani
Pomona-Pitzer starting shooting guard Kyle McAndrews made three clutch free throws with 0.4 seconds left, and the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens spoiled Senior Night at Ducey Gymnasium with a 51-50 victory over the home team Stags. McAndrews, just a freshman out of Seattle, shot a desperation three-pointer down by two points when Stags point guard Remy Pinson fouled him in the act of shooting. McAndrews missed the shot but made the three free throws to seal the victory for the visiting Sagehens. McAndrews was the only Sagehen in double figures, with 16 points, to go along with a perfect 7-7 the free throw line in 24 minutes.
CMS was led on the offensive end by Chris Blees. Blees had a game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds as well as 2 steals. The usually deep Stag bench was ineffective, accounting for only eight points. CMS was down by four going into the half 26-22 but turned the deficit into a six point lead with 13:22 left in the second half. As the game came to a close, Pinson hit a huge three pointer from the right side wing with 22 seconds left to give the Stags a 50-48, but the lead would prove to be short lived. On the next possession McAndrews hit the game-winning free throws.
Looking ahead to the SCIAC Conference Tournament, both Claremont teams will sport home court advantages. #1 CMS will host #4 Redlands at Ducey Gymnasium, and #2 Pomona-Pitzer invites #3 Whittier to Voelkel Gymnasium. Both games take place Friday evening; the Conference Championship Game will take place on Saturday evening at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Pre Game Coverage
By Nathan Falk
The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens travel across 6th street tonight to take on the 11th ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags. The “Battle of Sixth Street” continues with Pomona-Pitzer trying to avenge their January 18th loss which ended with a buzzer-beating layup from Sophomore Remy Pinson.
On Senior Night, the Stags (23-1, 12-1 SCIAC) will celebrate their “Big Three,” Chris Blees, Mani Maceira, and Joey Anderson, who have lead the team to the best season in the school’s history. CMS, whose only loss this season came at the hands of Whittier in a double overtime thriller, has already clinched their 4th consecutive SCIAC championship.
The Sagehens (14-9, 9-4 SCIAC) are currently tied for second place in conference with Whittier. After their 79-58 rout of the Poets on Saturday, Pomona-Pitzer could clinch a home-court first round conference game if they beat the Stags tonight. Lead by Freshman Jack Klukas and Sophomore Jake Klewer, the Sagehens are loaded with young talent, and have proven themselves against very tough opponents all season long.
The last time these two teams met at Pomona, the gym was over capacity and the game came down to the final seconds.
Tonight’s game is bound to be another thriller so come down to Ducey Gymnasium or tune in to the live broadcast below!
Audio and video coverage will begin at 7:00 PM as play starts at 7:30 PM. You can catch all of the live action on this page! Today’s broadcast will be brought to you by Nathan Falk (CMC ’14), Rishi Sangani (PO ’15), Peter Richman (CMC ’12), Tristan Fitch (HMC ’15), Christina Brandt (CMC ’14), Dante Quazzo (CMC ’15) and Nathan Barnett (PO ’11).
You can watch the broadcast live here: