The men’s basketball team had two home games this past weekend in the “Wolves’ Den”, taking on Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday Night and Cal State East Bay Saturday Night. It was the last two games of the season and they ended with a loss and then a win. They lost Friday night in a heartbreaking 79-69 game and won their final game on Senior Night against CSU East Bay 86-77 on Saturday.
The weekend opener came against Cal State Monterey Bay in what would become a shootout between the two teams. The Seawolves started off the game very slow, immediately going down by three points on account of a Monterey Bay layup and free throw. Through the first 10 minutes of the half, Sonoma State was down 19-9 trailing by 10 points early in the game. With just five minutes left in the first half, Seawolf David Ahern scored two consecutive three-pointers to bring the game from 27-15 to 27-21, bringing Sonoma within six points. In the final seconds of the half, Sonoma State’s Jason Walter made a layup to end the half 31-25, with the Seawolves still down by just six points.
The second half opened up and the two teams stayed close. The Seawolves kept tapping on Monterey Bay’s door, getting very close. Five minutes into the half, Seawolf Michael Avery made a layup to give Sonoma State their first lead, 39-38. Fifty percent through the half, the game was tied at 47. Justin Herold was fouled and made both free throws to once again take the lead by two points. With just over six minutes left, Sonoma State had their largest lead of the game at eight points winning 61-53. Monterey Bay stayed in the game and never let up. They managed to take the lead 64-61 on account of a made three-pointer with over two minutes left in the game. The game stood tied at 65 with 47 seconds remaining. Monterey Bay made a layup to take the lead by two points with only 11 seconds remaining in the ball game. Sonoma State took a timeout and discussed what they would execute on the final play. In the final seconds, Sonoma’s David Ahern made a layup to send the game to overtime.
Both teams headed into the extra period winded and ready to win the game and end it. In the first 30 seconds, both squads made a basket and were tied at 69 apiece. Three consecutive Monterey Bay jump shots gave them the lead by six points. That was the ball game for the Seawolves as they only scored one basket in overtime and lost in an epic matchup 79-69.
The team had one game left in their season, and it happened to be on Senior Night against Cal State East Bay. The Seawolves dropped to a 6-19 record after the previous night’s overtime downfall. It was time to turn the page and end the season on a good note.
The game started and senior Sterling Arterberry was in at the tip-off even though he had been injured for several weeks. He was wearing a purple cast on his wrist and hacked a pioneer player just seconds into the game. He was immediately subbed out as a loud applause came from the home crowd in his last college basketball game. The Seawolves took a lead from the beginning of the game and had all the momentum. A huge slam-dunk by senior point-leader Justin Herold put the seawolves up 17-5, leading by 12 points with over 13 minutes left in the half. East Bay staged a comeback and brought the game within two points with just under three minutes left. Four made free throws by Herold brought the Seawolves back up by six points. With a minute left, Michael Avery scored a layup to end the half 46-39 with the pioneers trailing by seven points.
The last half of basketball for the season began and all the Seawolves wanted was to close out their seventh “W” of the season on their Senior Night. Through six minutes of basketball, senior Steve Lackey made a layup to put Sonoma State up by 10 points. Throughout the half, the pioneers continued to battle and stay very close to the seawolves, coming within five or less points several times. An East Bay three-pointer and two made jump shots brought the pioneers within four points. The Pioneers then made two free throws to bring the game the closest it had been the entire half. The game stood at 76-74 with about two minutes left in the season. The Seawolves held on to the game and made their free throws down the stretch to close out the season with a 86-77 win.
Senior Seawolf Justin Herold led the team with 19 points followed by David Ahern with 15, Steve Lackey with 14, 12 from Jason Walter, and another 10 from Khalid Johnson. It was an overall great performance by Sonoma State’s men to close out the season with a win.
“We ended the season on a win. I got to play my last game with my brothers,” said Justin Herold through an interview conducted by sonomaseawolves.com.
Herold led the team in scoring on his last night as a Seawolf basketball player.
“I appreciate my career here. I appreciate my teammates,” said Sterling Arterberry.
Arterberry made the opening block while being injured in his last game here.
Head coach Pat Fuscaldo said, “I’m just very happy for my kids. They worked hard, especially the seniors.” The Seawolves ended on a win that brought them to an overall record of 7-19.