REDLANDS, CA – The Stags men's basketball team is now one win away from clinching at least a share of the SCIAC regular season crown, as they went into Redlands Saturday night and knocked off the defending post-season SCIAC champions for the second time this season, 75-65. CMS is in first place at 10-1 with three games to play and are two games up on 8-3 Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer.
The Stags took a 2-1 lead and were ahead the entire first half thereafter, but a late Redlands run to tend the first half cut the lead to just one at 30-29 at the break. Redlands took the lead to start the second half on a jumper by Jack Colston, who had 15 points, but the Stags' three leading scorers all came ready to play Saturday.
A 15-4 run lead by sophomore guard Tyler Gaffaney and senior forward Mani Maceira, who both put up 16 points in the second half, put the Stags in control mid-way through the second half. Gaffaney was 7-of-10 from the floor and Maceria, a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. CMS' leading scorer on the season, Chris Blees, also put up 16 points.
Sophomore guard Matt Calhoun led the Bulldog attack with 18 points in the loss.
CMS (21-1, 10-1 SCIAC) travel next to Thousand Oaks where they will tplay Cal Lutheran (9-12, 5-6 SCIAC) Wednesday. The Bulldogs, with just a one-game cushion between postseason play and 5th place have an important test against the La Verne Leopards (5-17, 2-9 SCIAC) Wednesday.