By Jorge Campos
Forward Cameron Hill’s shutdown defense Wednesday led the Dons past the visiting San Diego Mesa College Olympians 90-81.
“Cam [Hill] did a good job in the second half blocking shots, adjusting shots and changing shots. That was a key for us tonight,” Dons Head Coach David Brieg said.
Hill blocked four shots, with three in the second half, adding to his conference-leading total of 12. Hill and guard Erik Emanuel each grabbed 11 rebounds against the Olympians.
“We are starting out 4-1, it’s a great way to start the season, but it always feels better to win at home,” Hill said.
Emanuel’s 10 defensive rebounds vaulted him to first place in the Orange Empire Conference for that category. He also leads the OEC in total rebounds with 43. Emanuel’s game wasn’t limited to just grabbing rebounds. He dished out eight assists, pushing his OEC leading total to 30.
Hill and guard Cammie Lewis led the Dons on offense with 20 points each. Both shot over 60 percent from the field and made four free throws. Lewis is second in the OEC in points per game with an 18.4 average in five contests.
“It was an ugly win, which is good. A lot of room for improvement. This is a good measuring stick, they [San Diego Mesa] are a good team,” Breig said.
The Dons (4-1) next game is at LA Harbor College (3-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m.