By: Jeff Bussell, William Jessup (Calif.) Sports Information Director
Rocklin, Calif - The Warriors played their home opener Friday evening, hosting the 21stranked Hustlin' Owls of the Oregon Institute of Technology. The Warriors controlled the pace of the game right from the start, dominating both halves in route to a 64-50 victory.
Friday's game was a part of the Warriors' annual tournament, the Bill Holtz Warriors Classic. The tournament, which consistently kicks off the home part of the Warriors season, is in its 8th year.
Friday marks the 1st home victory in the Jessup career of Warrior head coach Lance Von Vogt. Friday also is the 1st time in Jessup school history that the Warriors have defeated Oregon Tech and their longtime head coach Danny Miles.
"I respect everything about Danny Miles and that Oregon Tech program." said Coach Von Vogt. "(The win) is a complement to our guys and also a compliment to me because if you beat a Danny Miles team, then you did something right."
Leading the way for the Warriors Friday night was junior Corey Clement. Clement scored 24 points for the Warriors, while shooting 62.5% from the field. Clement also pulled down 6 rebounds.
"Corey is such a tough minded kid." said Von Vogt. "He loves his teammates and I think the guys feed off of his energy."
Freshman Caleb Richey played well Friday night, leading the team with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Senior Tim Oswald also played a good game, scoring 13 points while bringing down 5 rebounds.
In the eyes of many, Fridays win could be perceived as an upset. Jessup entered Friday unranked while Oregon tech entered as the 21st ranked team in the nation.
"We don't look at games as an upset or an expected win." said Von Vogt. "Each game has its own life. What we look at are what we can control. We can control our attitude and our effort. That's what we focus on. We allow other people to talk about whether it's an upset or not. In our eyes tonight wasn't an upset."
William Jessup defense was outstanding as they held Oregon Tech to 30% shooting, while forcing 16 turnovers. The Warriors shot 36%.
Following Friday's win, the Warriors improve their overall record on the season to 2-1. The Warriors continue play in the Bill Holtz Warrior Classic tomorrow, Saturday November 9th when they face off against the Northwest Christian University Beacons at 5:00pm.