Mens Basketball

Menlo 78, Life Pacific 73

Date of competition: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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By Ryan Barnett

The Oaks needed a big win on the road and faced a formidable foe in the Life Pacific Warriors, who had one of the most commanding wins over the Oaks on the season inside Haynes-Prim. Luckily, the Oaks took care of business, knocking off the Warriors 78-73 for the first time in program history. The Warriors took a one point lead into the halftime break as the Oaks struggled defensively, however, they cleaned up their defensive mistakes and managed edge out the victory. With the win, the Oaks improve to 7-11 on the campaign and 3-6 in conference play while the Warriors fall to 8-10 and 2-7 in the GSAC.

Charles Neal: Seeing Double
One of the key differences between Thursday's matchup and the game vs the Warriors nearly two months ago was the presence of Charles Neal. All Neal did was put up a mirrored double-double, scoring a team high 21 points while collecting a team leading 12 rebounds. This marks the second double-double of Neal's career, and the first of this season. The final line on Neal: 9-20 from the field, 3-9 from three point range, 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. A solid night by the sophomore point guard to say the least.

Testa Finds His Footing
Throughout the past three seasons at Menlo, fans have come accustomed to seeing explosive performances from Jeremiah Testa. Unfortunately, of late, Testa hit somewhat of a cold spell shooting the basketball. Thursday however, it was vintage Testa, who broke out in a big way, attacking the basket with his quick first step, and leading all Oaks starters, scoring 12 points. Testa was 5-9 from the field, shooting above 50 percent for the first time since November 29 against Hope International. He also hit his first 3-pointer in three games. The Oaks need Testa to continue to step up his game heading into the second time around the conference.

Nymo Gets It Done Quietly
Anders Nymo may not be a name that immediately jumps out at anyone. That being said, the senior point guard and team captain gets his job done nearly every game, and against Life Pacific it was no exception. Nymo may not have scored, but he played his role as a point guard, coming up with a team leading three assists. This was Nymo's fourth multi assist game of the year. Nymo has also cut down on his turnovers this season, as he still is in single digits for the total of the season. Although Nymo's hard work may sometimes go unnoticed, he has played a major role in every Oaks victory this season.

Up Next…
The Oaks have a big time rematch coming up Saturday afternoon, as they will take on the 19th-ranked Hope International Royals. When the Oaks and Royals squared off inside Haynes-Prim earlier this season, the Royals squeaked by with a 2 point victory. The Oaks will look to avenge this season's earlier loss, as they did a year ago inside Darling Pavilion. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

posted by Menlo Athletics on Jan 25, 2019 at 12:35 am

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