The season ended for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps basketball teams as the Stags were turned back by Chapman 58-47 on Thursday in a first round playoff game. The win avenged an earlier loss as the Panthers were beaten by CMS by a one point early on.
It was a great atmosphere for college basketball. The Hutton Sports Center was packed with fans from both schools. Students on the Chapman side didn’t sit down even once.
SCIAC Player of the Year Chris Blees had a particularly bad night scoring just seven points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field. He shot an air ball on a 3-pointer in the first half and pretty much heard it from the crowd every time he touched the ball after that.
Welcome to playoff basketball on the road.
The CMS followers returned the favor when one of the Chapman players did the same.
The game was even at 44-all but CMS managed just three points in the last seven minutes., It was a combination of everything – turnovers, missed free throws, not getting the key rebound.
CMS coach Ken Scalmanini was going for his 200th career win in his 12 years at the school. He’ll have to wait until next year. CMS ends a still-solid season at 21-7. Chapman improves to 24-2.
Chapman has a couple of area players, both pretty good ones. Griffin Ramme had 21 points while Justin Riley had six points, seven rebounds, three steals and a monster block. Both are out of Damien High School.