ANGWIN, Calif.- After finishing the first week of school in the new year, the Pioneers jumped back into the swing of things by playing host to the Simpson Red Hawks. Despite a second half comeback attempt it would be the Pioneers who would find themselves with the upper hand, 86-66.
Saturday's game started out intensely with both teams neck-in-neck. PUC was able to make it on the scoreboard first with a lay-up in the paint. Simpson did not hesitate in retaliation as they continued to match the Pioneers every point.
Midway through the first half, momentum started to change as the Pioneers took hold of the game. Before the conclusion of the first half PUC was able to extend their lead by as many as 15 points. Sinking two crucial free-throws the Red Hawks were able to decrease their deficit, bringing the game within single digits. Fortunately, for the Pioneers after a technical foul called on Simpson, with 16 seconds left of play in the half, PUC was able to sink four free-throws to bring the score 44-30 going into the break.
The start of the second half strongly resembled the first with the Pioneers continuing to dominate the game. Falling behind by 20 points, the Red Hawks made a comeback attempt but it proved unsuccessful. Maintaining their strong offense and equally skillful defense the Pioneers were able to close out the game with a 20-point lead, final score 86-66.
The Pioneers had three players in the double digits, leading for the night was senior, Anthony Adams-Rule Sr. with a double-double 23 points and 12 rebounds. As a team the Pioneers shot 40% from field goal range and 78% from the free-throw line.
Josh Brakkee led the Simpson Red Hawks with a career-high 28 points and nine rebounds.
The Pioneers look into this next week hoping to gain two more wins at home. The first game is Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. against California State University- Maritime, followed by a game on the 21st at 8:30 p.m., against University of California-Merced.