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The Master College wins in double overtime

Posted: March 6, 2014 10:54 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2014 10:54 p.m.

It took two overtime periods for the seventh-seeded The Master’s College men’s basketball team to take down second-seeded Arizona Christian 80-77 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Derrick Fain forced the first overtime when he hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in regulation, tying the score at 63. Fain led the Mustangs (19-11) in scoring with 23 points. He went 6-for-9 from the 3-point line.

“That’s just a play we saved because everyone knew we needed a three and Derrick knocked it down,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “But that’s just Fain being Fain. That’s what we expect him to do.”

Fain hit another big three with 1:23 to go in the first overtime, only to have it canceled out by Arizona Christian’s Jordan Block.

Block scored 10 points in the game and was one of four Firestorm players with double-digit points.
Brandon Newman led Arizona Christian (23-7) with 21 points and seven rebounds.

TMC was able to push its lead up to four, leading 77-73 with three minutes to play in the second OT, only to have Newman tie it back up with a three and a free throw.

The Mustangs were able to take the lead for good off of a Chris Patureau layup with 54 seconds left.

“It was just a terrific college basketball game,” Martin said. “The real story of the game is the resiliency our kids showed. To be able to get punched in the nose so many times and get off the mat and keep coming out and executing; we were so mentally tough tonight.”

Part of that resiliency came from their big men Zach Stalin and Korey Anderson.

They combined for 29 points, eight rebounds and a block.

The Mustangs move on to the semifinal of the GSAC Tournament where they will travel to Hope International.

They have lost both meetings with the Royals this year, the most recent being 64-58 on March 1.


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