The Sagehen Report: Week of January 23
Pomona-Pitzer fans celebrate the tying three-pointer with six seconds left during Saturday's game with CMS.
Last week saw one of the largest crowds in the history of Voelkel Gymnasium witness one of the most dramatic finishes in the facility’s history. Both Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps came into the Sixth Street Showdown with perfect 3-0 records in the SCIAC. CMS was also 14-0 overall and ranked No. 12 in the nation, and there was a distinct buzz around the five colleges about the big match-up on the first week of classes for the spring semester.
The game did not disappoint the crowd from an entertainment standpoint, as it featured a wild, roller-coaster finish which left the Sagehens on the short end of a 57-55 defeat. Pomona-Pitzer trailed by four points with 27 seconds left after a three-pointer from CMS sophomore Tyler Gaffaney. Jack Klukas ’15, though, came up big on the Sagehens’ final two possessions, scoring on a tough running left-handed lay-up to cut the lead to two, and then tying the game with six seconds left with a clutch three-pointer off a crosscourt inbounds pass from Jake Klewer ’14.
The shot drove the Pomona-Pitzer half of the overflow crowd (2,470) into a frenzy, but CMS took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court as Remy Pinson scored in traffic with .5 seconds left to give the Stags the memorable win. The top three scorers for the Sagehens were freshmen, as Klukas had 13 points, Michael Cohen ’15 added 12 and Kyle McAndrews ’15 had nine.
Video of the last 10 seconds can be seen here: http://www.pe.pomona.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/videos/CMS_-_PP.flv
Pomona-Pitzer bounced back from the loss with a 64-57 win over La Verne on Saturday, as Klukas led the way again with 19 points and nine rebounds, while CMS lost in double overtime at Whittier, creating a three-way tie for first place in the SCIAC. The Sagehens will travel to Whittier on Wednesday in a battle between two of the three first place teams, and then travel to Occidental on Saturday.
The Women’s Basketball team will host its version of the Sixth Street Showdown against CMS on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. after dropping a couple of tough conference games last week. Alexis Sones ’13 had a spectacular effort in a losing cause against La Verne on Saturday, scoring a career high 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She also had 21 points in a 58-53 loss at Whittier on Thursday, and is now averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game.
The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams each picked up convincing wins over Caltech on Saturday, as the women improved to 4-1 in SCIAC duals and men improved to 3-2.
Women’s Swimming individual winners included Gailyn Portelance ’15 in the 400-yard individual medley, as well as Alex Lincoln ’14 (50-yard backstroke), Jackie Tran ’15 (100 back), Hannah Robertson (50-yard breaststroke), Sarah Tuggy ’13 (100 breast), Maddy DeMeules ‘14 (50-yard butterfly), Charlotte Dohrn ’13 (100 fly), Vicky Gyorffy ’15 (50-yard freestyle), Nola Shi ’15 (500 free) and Chrissie Alving-Trinh (1000 free).
On the men’s side, Hugh Berryman ’15 won two events as he captured the 50-yard breaststroke and the 500-yard freestyle. The Sagehens swept the freestyle events as Max Scholten ’12 won the 50, Joe LaBriola ’12 captured the 100, Kevin Byrne ’15 took the 200, and Tyler Hill ’14 took the 1000. Other individual winners were Tyson Chihara ’12 in the 400-yard individual medley, Tom Cleveland ’12 in the 50 butterfly, Chris Wright ’12 in the 100 butterfly and Nathan Yale ’14 in the 100 breaststroke.
The Swimming and Diving teams host their final dual of the season at Haldeman Pool on Saturday when La Verne visits for a 10:30 a.m. meet.
The spring sports also get underway this week as Friday will be opening day for the Sagehens Baseball and Softball teams. The softball team will host La Sierra in a doubleheader, beginning at 12:30 p.m., while the baseball team plays a single game against Westmont at 2 p.m.