LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. – Playing in what was their second game of their Northern California tour of the conference, the Vanguard University Lions (12-4, 2-1) defeated the Menlo College Oaks (9-6, 2-1) by a score of 68-50. This positive result ensured that the Pride would not come home empty handed, following their narrow defeat at the hands of William Jessup two days prior. Shacquille Dawkins (FR/Santa Clarita, CA) was the star performer on the day, leading the Lions in points and assists with 17 and three respectively.
"I was really proud of the way our guys bounced back tonight with great focus and energy," head coach Rhett Soliday stated. "I have a ton of respect for Menlo and Coach Aiona and they are going to be really tough this year in the GSAC."
Right from the start, it was clear in this contest that the Blue and Gold were not dwelling on their defeat in Rocklin. A successful jumper thirty seconds into the first period from Zach Allmon (SR/San Luis Obispo, CA), granted the Lions a lead that would last a total of 36 minutes and 19 seconds - throughout the game. The lead would change twice and the game would be tied four times in the first half, but a persistent Pride attack could not be overcome by the battling Oaks. A strong defensive performance from the Blue and Gold also contributed to their eventual victory, forcing 18 turnovers from the Oaks over the course of the contest. Vanguard turned the 18 turnovers into 10 steals, with a staggering eight of those in the first half alone. The first half ended by a 34-26 score in favor of the visiting Lions.
The second period of play was very much one way traffic for the Pride. The eight point lead that the Blue and Gold took into the second period would never be tied or overcome for the remainder of the contest. The only significant stat that Menlo could boast over their opponent, was their 26 points scored from the bench. Allmon, who had made a significant impact both offensively and defensively, managed a dunk four minutes into the second period. In addition to this display of domination, Allmon scored a further eight points on the day, pushing him into the double digit category along with Dawkins. Christian Ware-Berry (JR/Pomona, CA) was the third Lion to reach double digits in the game, with ten on par with Allmon. Brandon Brothers (SO/Pasadena, CA) just fell short of the double digit category, with nine points on the day.
"This was a tremendous road win. Shac was special tonight using his speed to set the tone at both ends and I thought our bench really gave us a lift, including Christian going 3 for 3 and playing some great defense," Soliday went on to say.
Next Game: Tuesday, January 10th against Shepherd University at 7:30 p.m.