October 31, 2015
Santa Clarita, CA -- Delewis Johnson came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points and The Master's College outlasted Caltech 83-71 Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both clubs on Bross Court.
Johnson's (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) effort couldn't have come at a better time for the Mustangs, as Evan Jenkins (Los Angeles, CA) exited with an injury just five minutes into the game. Johnson proceeded to pour in 16 first-half points, including eight in a 4:43 window as part of a 12-4 run that vaulted the Mustangs in front 14-11 with 10:43 left in the opening stanza.
The Mustangs' lead was short-lived, though, as the pesky Beavers used a couple of three-pointers to move back in front 19-18 at the 9:14 mark. However, the Mustangs duplicated that with two straight Harrison White (Winston-Salem, NC) trifectas, the second of which put TMC ahead to stay 24-21 with 8:10 left in the half.
Still, the Mustangs couldn't create the kind of separation they wanted as the Beavers stayed within striking distance, trailing only 31-28 with 5:41 left in the half. Just over 30 seconds later, Johnson struck again with his second trey, sparking an 8-2 burst that JP Webster finished off with a three of his own, staking the Mustangs to a 39-30 advantage at the 4:08 mark.
Another shot from behind the arc, this one from Reid Shackelford (Murrieta, CA) with 2:21 remaining, gave the club its first double-digit margin (44-34) of the game and the Mustangs took a 46-37 lead into halftime.
Over the first 20 minutes, the Mustangs shot a crisp 53.6% (15-28) from the field, including a 6-12 showing from behind the arc, while holding Caltech to 43.8% accuracy.
That type of shooting didn't carry over into the second half and that was part of the reason the Mustangs couldn't put the Beavers away for good until late. It appeared they were going to do so, however, sooner rather than later when they used an 11-2 run in a 4:49 span to build a 64-49 advantage with just over 11 minutes left to play.
Johnson sparked the blitz with a layup and Webster capped it with a free throw. In between, Philip Webb (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) scored four points, Keegan Scott (Spirit Lake, ID) added a layup, and Johnson hit another jumper.
However, just when it looked like this one was over, back came the Beavers who ripped off a 16-5 skein to pull within 69-65 at the 8:35 mark. Following a Mustang timeout, the Beavers continued to draw closer, getting within 72-70 on a Nasser Al-Rayes basket with 4:39 remaining.
Just when the Mustangs needed it, though, Johnson answered with consecutive layups, keying a game-ending 11-1 run that sealed the victory.
The freshman's game-high total came on 9-14 shooting from the field (2-4 from behind the arc) while Shackelford threw in 21 more points, highlighted by a perfect (8-8) evening from the foul line. Webster chipped in with 14 points and Webb had a nice debut, too, scoring nine points and tying for game-high rebounding honors with eight boards.
The Mustangs return to action on Wednesday evening when they host News Release in an exhibition at 7:00pm.
as Evan Jenkins (Los Angeles, CA) exited with an injury just five minutes into the game.