No cat fight, Panthers roll over Tigers by 28

MBBALLThe 22nd ranked Chapman men’s basketball team (18-2, 9-2), powered by a season-high 29 points from senior guard Taylor Hamasaki, handled Occidental (10-9, 5-6) 94-66 at home Saturday.

The win keeps the Panthers in first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings.

Hamasaki praised his coaches and teammates for their role in his individual production.

“I like to make the best basketball plays possible. I have great teammates who are always telling me to be aggressive, and I have to thank my coaches and teammates for putting me in a position to score like that,” Hamasaki said.

Though the Tigers were able to keep it close early, Chapman pulled away midway through the first half and never looked back, leading by as many as 31 points. The Panthers maintained their lead with efficient shooting, putting up a field goal percentage of 60 percent and a 3-point percentage of 52.9 percent.

Senior forward Jordan Young also added 17 points on 4-of-5 3-point shooting. Senior guard Colin Zavrsnick led the Panthers in rebounds with nine.

The Panthers showed a great deal of energy on the defensive end, forcing 19 turnovers and holding the Tigers to just four assists on the game.

Hamasaki called the Panthers’ defense “a great team effort.”

“People were there to help each other off the dribble, and people were there for others.” he said.

Chapman’s next contest is a home matchup against Whittier 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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