Gaffaney and Lane Propel CMS to Two Victories

After
going 1-1 in the All-Engineers Classic in Milwaukee, Wis. this past weekend, the
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team beat San Diego Christian
College (3-1) 69-53 in their first home game of the season Wednesday, Nov.
19. 

On
November 15th, CMS  (2-1) took the court in their first game of the
tournament in Milwaukee against Ohio Northern University. The Stags fell behind in the first five
minutes of the game, giving up seven unanswered points, but then clawed back and
took control of the game with a lead at 11-10 after Jack Ely CM ’18 made a pair of
free throws at the 12-minute mark.

Ohio
Northern extended their lead to as many as 16 points over
the Stags with an 18-6 run in the first five minutes. CMS continued to rally, though, getting within two points of Ohio Northern on two occasions in the
final 30 seconds of the game.

With
17 seconds left on the clock, Tyler Gaffaney CM ’14 narrowed the score to 69-67, but Ohio Northern closed out the win with a pair of free throws, resulting in a
final score of 71-67. 

Despite
the loss, the Stags used the game against Ohio Northern as an opportunity to
identify and adjust their mistakes in preparation for their game the next day.

“After
the loss Saturday, we regrouped and focused our efforts on our Sunday game, where we felt they had been lacking during the loss,” Ely said.  “Sunday
was a good lesson in attention to detail for our team.”

Against Illinois Tech, CMS came out strong with a jump shot from
Gaffaney in the first 15 seconds.

The
Stags dominated the court, holding on to a comfortable 16-5 lead midway through
the first half. Going into halftime, the Stags stretched the score to 40-20
after Oliver Mausner CM ’17 made a three-point
jump shot.

“Our
team moved the ball very efficiently throughout the weekend,” Ely said. “We did
a good job of giving ourselves good opportunities to score and get to the free
throw line.”

The
Stags’ intensity only amplified in the second half as 11 different CMS players
sunk shots to tack on another 41 points, culminating in a layup by Kendrick
Morris CM ’18 for a 81-38 Stag victory.

The
2014-2015 season marks a change of scenery for the CMS basketball programs with the construction of Roberts Pavilion over their old home in Ducey Gym. The Stags will play their home games in Pomona-Pitzer’s Rains
Center for the next two seasons as construction occurs. 

The
transition to a new home gym didn’t throw off the Stags, though, as evidenced by
their 69-53 win against San Diego Christian this past Wednesday.

The
Stags kept the tempo of the game at a fast pace, leaving the Hawks shuffling to
keep up.

A CMS offense put forth a strong effort, led by Shelby Lane CM ’16, who racked up a
team-high 18 points on the night, missing only one basket for an 89 percent shooting record.  Gaffaney, 2013-2014’s SCIAC
Athlete of the Year, also had a big night, putting up a double-double with 15
points and 11 rebounds. The Stags also had the edge in the battle of the boards,
out-rebounding the Hawks 34-18.

“Our
team is both smart and unselfish, making our team dynamic—very conducive to
winning,” Ely said. “Nobody has a problem sharing the ball and helping out
their teammates on defense, forming a very cohesive unit on the floor.”

 The
Stags return to the court this Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. to face Trinity University
(Texas) (0-2) at the Rains Center.

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