CMS falls to P-P in first match of the Sixth Street Rivalry

Micah Elan PZ ’20 pushes past CMS defenders in the P-P vs. CMS men’s basketball game Dec. 6 (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)

The Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team (6-1, 1-0 SCIAC) defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-3, 0-1 SCIAC) 73-65 in Roberts Pavilion on Thursday night in a high-energy Sixth Street Rivalry matchup. P-P was looking to avenge their two losses to the Stags from last year and relied on an all-around team effort to defeat CMS.

The game was a story of two halves.

At the end of the first, center Jeremy Horn CM ’20 led all scorers with 10, and CMS led 30-29. But the second half saw the Sagehens open up the scoring, largely led by Daniel Rosenbaum PO ’19 and Micah Elan PZ ’20.

The two finished the game with 20 and 18 points respectively and shot the ball efficiently throughout, shooting 57 and 50 percent from the field.

Miles President HM ’20 attempts a layup in the P-P vs. CMS game Dec. 6 (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)

A strong effort on the boards also proved to be key to P-P’s success: The Sagehens reeled in 41 rebounds compared to the Stags’ 35. Elan and Alex Preston PO ’21 led the Sagehens on the boards, both pulling down seven rebounds.

CMS did not go down without a fight, and attempted to close a double-digit deficit with the clock winding down. Mark Sui CM ’19 led the charge for the Stags in the final minutes and finished the game with 18 points. Their final effort proved to be too little too late, however, and the Stags couldn’t find a way to overcome the deficit.

With the win, P-P continued a hot start to the 2018-19 campaign. They defeated No. 4 Whitman Nov. 24. The Stags are left still trying to figure their young team out as they head deeper into the season.

The two teams will face off again at P-P on Jan. 21, when the Stags will look to split the season series.

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