Alaskans keep The Master’s on pace (Basketball)

February 21, 2010

It wasn’t pretty, but Thomas Millar and Leif Karlberg of Anchorage did what they could Saturday to help NAIA powerhouse The Master’s College beat up Hope International 60-42 and keep its playoff home game aspirations alive.

Thomas Millar

The pair totaled 14 points despite 5-for-16 shooting from the floor.

Millar, a 6-foot-4 starting senior forward, scored seven points on a 2-for-6 clip (1 for 4 on 3s).

Karlberg, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard, came off the bench to add seven points on 3-of-10 shooting (1 for 8 on 3s).

The game was either defense-minded or sloppy because The Master’s shot 34 percent in the first half and Hope International shot 24 percent.

Leif Karlberg

Regardless, a win is a win. And this one improved The Master’s to 17-10 overall.

More importantly, the victory kept intact the team’s chances of hosting a playoff game. The Mustangs of Santa Clarita, Calif., trail Azusa Pacific and Westmont by one game for fourth place in the GSAC standings.

The fourth-place finisher earns a first-round home game in the GSAC Tournament in March.

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