Top-seeded Cal Maritime advanced to the California Pacific Conference tournament championship game with an 84-72 winner over Antelope Valley semi-final action. The championship game will be played Tuesday, February 28, at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, Calif. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.
The Keelhaulers, 20-11 on the season, got up by double digits numerous times, but the relentless Pioneers never gave in, cutting the margin back down to single digits for much of the second half, and getting as close as two points, at 58-56 with 11:13 left in the game. But CSUM pulled away at that point, pushing the lead to 11 points five minutes later following a 13-4.
The Pioneers cut the lead back to seven on a 3-pointer by Ezekiel Armstrong with 2:03 remaining, but the Keelhaulers made enough free throws over the final two minutes to close out with an 8-3 run.
Daniel Radford led CSUM with 19 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. His game total tonight pushed him past the 1,000 point plateau in his two-year career in Vallejo. Phil Randles added 16 points, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor--including both of his treys--Adam Armstead chipped in 15 points, and Justin Eisen hit four threes and finished with 12 points.
For UAV, which finished the season at 13-14, Miles Nolen-Webb had a big night, pouring in a game-high 23 points, connecting on 9-of-13 from the floor and both of his 3-pointers. He also handed out seven assists, picked off three steals, and grabbed five rebounds. Shane Shelton added 12 points, and Jonathan Parker added 11 points. Jacob Bowman had a game-high eight rebounds.