Finch makes All Tournament team but Banana Slugs finish Holiday Classic with loss to Chapman

Finch makes All Tournament team but Banana Slugs finish Holiday Classic with loss to Chapman

SANTA CRUZ (12-22) –Avri Finch had eleven points to lead the Banana Slugs, but the Chapman Panthers rode a strong first half en route to a 71-48 victory in the final game of the UCSC Holiday Classic at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Three players (Sam Barela, Hayden Moore and Alex Rogat) had a game-high twelve points apiece for the Panthers (8-1). The Banana Slugs fell to 5-9.

In the first half, the Panthers started the game with an 8-2 run capped by a pair of free throws with 15:56 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would respond with an 8-2 run, capped by a Simon Mueller-Landsvik three-point play, to give the Banana Slugs the lead at 10-8. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at 13-10, on a Rashard Thornhill three pointer with 10:36 left in the half. The Panthers  took the lead for good, at 14-13, on a pair of free throws by Thomas Doyle with 10:01 left in the half and would gain a double-digit lead, at 31-21, with fifty-two seconds left in the half to lead 33-21 at halftime.

In the second half, the Banana Slugs would come as close as eleven, at 41-30, on a Ryan Silva three pointer with 16:12 left. However the Panthers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at twenty-four, at 56-32, with 9:34 left.

Thornhill had eight and Haakon Ullrich had seven points for UCSC. Chapman outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 36-23 and the Panthers had twenty more points in the paint (38-18) than did the Banana Slugs. The Banana Slugs shot 34% (17-50) from the field, 26.3% (5-19) from the three-point line and were 60% (9-15) from the free throw line. The Panthers shot 55.8% (24-43) from the field, 18.2% (2-11) from the three-point line and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line.

The Banana Slugs open a three-game southern California roadtrip on Saturday as they take on NCCAA member West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.

2019 Holiday Classic All-Tournament team

Whittier: Ahmad Young, Nick Potthoff
Denison: Conor Fenton
Lewis and Clark: Zeke Crawford
Chapman: Alex Rogat (MVP), Hayden Moore