Oaks finish strong in upset over Firestorm in GSAC hoops


Rosendo AmayaWood sank a pair of free throws to break a tie with 1:04 remaining and Kalen Camero hit a layup 12 seconds later to help give the host Menlo College men's basketball a 66-61 upset win over 10th ranked Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

The Oaks (9-13, 3-6 GSAC) erased an eight-point deficit earlier in the second half and held a 53-47 advantage with 6:12 left following an Adam Griffin 3-pointer.

The Firestorm eventually tied the game at 58, setting up AmayaWood's game-winning foul shots.

Ryan Wilson, in his first start, led all scorers with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed a team-high eight boards, blocked a shot, had a steal and dished out three assists.

Tyler Evans came off the bench and added 11 points. Despite no one else being in double figures, six other scorers had four or more points in a balanced offensive attack where the Oaks shot 43.9 percent for the game. Menlo dominated the glass, outrebounding the Firestorm 38-26 including 14 offensive boards.

The win moves Menlo into sixth place in the GSAC with six conference games remaining. Next is a Tuesday exhibition at University of San Francisco before they return to conference play on Saturday with a road game against San Diego Christian at 4 p.m.

Women's basketball

Menlo College beat visiting Arizona Christian, 81-77, in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest on Saturday.

The Oaks (11-12, 4-6 GSAC) led by as many as 11 points with less than five minutes remaining in the gamed but Arizona Christian cut the lead to two with 14 seconds remaining before Aaliyah Sowards hit a pair of crucial free throws to salt the game away.

Four of Menlo's five starters finished the game in double figures. Emma Briggs led the way with 15 points and 10 boards. She also had a pair of blocks, a steal and an assist.

Madison Michelis added 14 points and five boards. Breanna Turner had 14 points and seven rebounds along with three assists. Aaliyah Sowards finished with 10 points, three rebounds two steals and two assists. She was also 4-4 from the free throw line.

Menlo hits the road for a game Saturday at San Diego Christian. Tip-Off is set for 2 p.m.


Ashkon Kuhalua tossed six scoreless innings and Dalton Maxwell had two hits, including a double, but Menlo could not muster enough offense, falling to host Chico State, 1-0, in a nonconference game Saturday.

Kuhalua has yet to allow a run in 11 innings this season, though he has a pair of no-decisions. He also left his last start in a scoreless game.

Menlo (3-1) returns to the diamond against Chico State for a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

— Menlo Athletics


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