Dominican Basketball: Men, Women Defeat CSU Maritime Academy

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams enjoyed wins over CSU Maritime Academy Tuesday night.

The men’s team defeated CSU Maritime Academy 68-51 in overtime. Junior forward Adam Chavis led the charge for Dominican (11-9/8-2) with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Senior forward Chris Demarco turned 13 into a lucky number, scoring 13 and grabbing 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Junior guard Ari Iventosch scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and senior Ryan Trammel added a double-double of his own with 10 points and 13 rebounds.  Junior guard Alastair Flack and senior guard Adrian Valderrama combined for 9 points, with 6 points coming on the team's 10-of-10 free throw shooting in overtime.

CSU Maritime (8-11/4-5) was led by James Ferguson's 6-of-10 shooting for 14 points.  Andrew Medeiros and Charles Lawrence also reached double-digits for the Keelhaulers, scoring 12 points and 10 points respectively.

The Keelhaulers got on the board first with and Alex Raj basket but Adam Chavis answered with his own field goal. There wasn't much more offense in the first half, as the two teams played to a 19-19 tie at halftime. Dominican went on an 11-2 run to open the second half and jump out to a 32-21 lead. The Keelhaulers caught up with 2:52 to play on a Medeiros basket to tie the game at 41.  Medeiros would then send the game into overtime with a three-pointer in the last second of regulation.

Dominican turned on the afterburners in overtime, outscoring CSUMA 21-4 in the extra period. Demarco gave the Penguins the lead with a basket at 4:21 and Dominican didn't let up, getting to the free throw line 5 times and making all 10 free throw attempts.

Despite going 0-for-8 from three-point land in the first half, Dominican bounced back to shoot .426 in the game, including .556 in the second half and in overtime.  At the other end of the floor, the Penguins held CSUMA to .345.  The Penguins also outrebounded the Keelhaulers 47-31.

Dominican hits the road on Tuesday, February 3 to face Simpson University in Redding. Tipoff against the Red Hawks is set for 7:30 p.m.

The women’s team defeated CSU Maritime Academy 68-59. Sophomore Raquel Gomes scored 15 points and snatched down 11 rebounds. Junior guard Alisha Flaaten added 14 points and Shelly Clermenco pounded the ball inside for 12 points. Fellow starting guards Kelsey Janusch and Taki Te Koi each added 9 points apiece in the win.  The Lady Penguins also got significant from its bench, including guard Brittany Roland (pictured) in the wake of a season-ending injury to Michaelia Baskerville.

Dominican started strong, building an eight point lead, only to see a 16-point swing and another come-from-behind situation.

The Lady Penguins bounced back from the 36-30 halftime deficit by going on a 24-5 run in the first ten minutes of the second half to build the lead to 13.  The Keelhaulers would come as close as 4 points but Dominican held the lead for the rest of the game to improve to 9-10 and 7-3 in the Cal Pac.  CSUMA falls to 7-14 and 3-6 in conference play.

Dominican will next travel to Simpson University in Redding on Tuesday, February 3 for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Dominican is a member of the California Pacific Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II. The University has been invited to join the Pacific West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II Exploratory Year-One and plans on competing in a full Pac West Conference Schedule in 2009-2010.