It was a day filled with head-to-head matchups between Biola and The Master's athletic teams, but perhaps none of the other competitions held the intrigue of the grand finale, the men's basketball meeting to end the night.
The Eagles and Mustangs squared off in a meeting of two of the top teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference. It was a part of a whole day of competition that TMC has tabbed "Mustang Stampede."
Bross Court was packed as the Eagles entered hostile territory to take on the 13-5 Mustangs. TMC got off to a hot start, scoring the first four points off back-to-back jumpers.
Both teams battled through the first six minutes of play without giving up even an inch to the other side. It was 13-13 with 14 left to play in the half when the Eagles staged the run that put them on top by a eight points.
This run helped Biola open up the game and build its lead that would hold off The Master's for the rest of the game as the Eagles worked towards their eventual 80-66 win.
The scoring streak was actually a 13-point run that helped Biola move from a 13-8 deficit to a 21-13 advantage. It was keyed by a three-point play from Grant Corsi that first helped Biola push past the then-Mustangs lead.
The play from Corsi was followed by a Pierre Zook layup and three-point swoosh that set the Eagles on the course to victory. Those two plays gave Zook five of his eventual 16 points on the night. He tied Andre Murillo for the Eagles' biggest offensive output.
Dominique Lanier led all players with 26 points in a fantastic performance that saw him grab five rebounds, five assists and a steal in addition to his scoring efforts.
Dakari Archer, Mike Kurtz and Conroy Lester also hit the double-digit scoring mark for the Eagles, marking the first time this season that they have had five players with 10-plus.
After the big run, Biola was able to keep its advantage between six and 10 points for most of the rest of the game, with the exception of a brief run at the beginning of the second half, and another in the middle, that saw TMC get as close as four points down.
The Eagles went on one more late run, an 8-2 streak with about five minutes left, to seal the deal and grab their second conference win of the season.
Biola moves to 12-8 (2-2 GSAC) and is now tied for third place in the conference, sitting just behind No. 8 Vanguard and No. 23 Concordia.
The road does not get easier over the coming week as Biola hosts No. 19 Hope International and Concordia on Tuesday and Saturday.