COSTA MESA, Calif. – Future Golden State Athletic Conference member William Jessup got a taste of GSAC hoops on Saturday, falling victim to a multifaceted Vanguard attack, 96-78, in The Pit. Four Lions posted 15 or more points in the win.
Vanguard put seven points on the scoreboard before allowing the Warriors' first bucket, which came at the 17:24 mark via an Anthony Edwards lay-up.
The Lions' lead kept building, behind an almost frantic intensity, and featured a plethora of swats, dunks and steals which eventually culminated in a 12-point advantage for Vanguard at 11:34.
William Jessup, responded, however, going on a 13-5 run to cut the margin to four points (27-23) with just under six remaining in the half.
The proximity of the contest sparked something in junior Chris Gorman (Oceanside, Calif.), who proceeded to rattle off four 3-pointers in a 2:16 span.
From there, Wynnesanity took over, as senior Preston Wynne (Wellpinit, Wash.) scored five straight for Vanguard before a Jordan Diandy (Dakar, Senegal) dunk capped the period with the Lions out front 49-29.
Gorman and Wynne dropped 16 and 11 in the half, respectively, and combined for eight of the Pride's 13 assists.
Senior Tino Zaragoza (Orange, Calif.), who played 6-of-20 minutes, led all players at the break with six rebounds.
Junior Keith Mason (Carson, Calif.) boosted the Blue and Gold's inside game in the second, scoring 10 of Vanguard's 21 points by the period's midway point.
Mason's dominance could not be contained for the remainder of the competition, but frankly, neither could the Lions as Vanguard ran away with the 18-point win.
The Lions went up by as many as 25 in the second.
Mason brought out the man-eating calves in the final 20 minutes, jumping over the Warriors in the paint to drop 18 in the second half. He finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting and snatched five off of the glass.
Gorman managed 21 points, 5 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the game.
Wynne facilitated the Lions' offense with a competition-best 7 assists and scored 17 points, while freshman Zach Allmon (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) contributed 15 points and a team-leading 3 steals.
Vanguard has a pair of Cal State San Marcos tournament games remaining before breaking for the Christmas holiday. The contests are scheduled for December 17 (3:30 pm) and 18 (5:30 pm) and will be played at Mira Costa College.