WHITTIER, Calif. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team had two players named to the Gold and Purple Poet All-Tournament team following the Pioneers 55-52 loss to Cal Maritime.
Scott Pisapia earned a place on the All-Tournament team after knocking down a team-high 12 points, finishing 4-for-7 from the floor. Pisapia also came up with game-high three steals. Freshman Serg Ovchinnikov was also named to the All-Tournament team for his play as the Pioneers leading scorer against Whittier.
Caron Rayford nearly ended the night with a double-double, netting nine points and coming down with nine rebounds. Connor Freeberg finished the game with eight points, while Quentin Simms and senior James Hollins chipped in six.
Pisapia hit the first shot of the game to give the Pioneers an instant lead. Lewis & Clark held possession of the lead until the 16:13 mark when Casey Healy nailed a three of his own to earn Cal Maritime a 9-8 advantage.
The Pios managed to tie the game with 4:43 until halftime on a Rayford jumper but were never to recapture the lead. A Hollins free-throw right before the half brought the Pioneers within two, sending Cal Martime into the locker room with a slim 29-27 lead.
Lewis & Clark trailed the entire second half, but did manage to cut a 14 point deficit to just three in the final seconds of the game.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. for a Northwest Conference contest against Whitman in the Pamplin Sports Center.