Warrior teams swept at home

TURLOCK -- Bryan Castillo felt a little like he was on the Benicia High court again Saturday.

The freshman guard came off the bench to provide the biggest highlights for the Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball team in a 74-61 loss to Dominguez Hills at Warrior Arena.

Castillo nailed four 3-pointers for the Warriors in the final 10 minutes, helping close a 27-point gap against one of the top teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Dominguez Hills women won their fourth game in a row, beating Stanislaus 64-49.

After not getting into Friday's game, a 73-71 victory over Cal State Los Angeles, Castillo spent some time shooting on his own in the empty gym.

Castillo averages eight minutes per game, and was ready, but surprised when his name was called Saturday.

"I'm starting to get the hang of it," Castillo said of playing at the Division II level. "Coming off the bench is different than what I'm used to.

"I thought I should put up some jumpers after we won last night. It felt good."

The Warriors (5-8, 1-7 CCAA) thought they were beginning to figure out what it takes to win in the CCAA, too. But after Matt Ibewiro made a 3-pointer to give Stanislaus a 15-12 lead with 14 minutes, 18 seconds to play in the first half, the Warriors went flat.

The Toros (12-3, 6-2 CCAA) went on a 16-3 run over the next eight minutes to take a 28-18 lead. Stanislaus trailed by 27 points, 63-36, with 11:31 to go. One glaring difference came on the boards, with Dominguez Hills outrebounding Stanislaus 41-29, with 27 defensive rebounds.

It wasn't another step forward, but Ibewiro said there were enough flashes of good play to keep the Warriors from feeling like they took a huge leap backwards. He finished with a game-high 13 points.

"Sometimes we played with the same energy (as Friday), but we should have come out with better energy than we did," Ibewiro said.

"We were down by two, then four and the next thing you know they've gone on a run. We know we can come back. We've got to keep our composure."

Stanislaus plays host to Chico State in a rare midweek doubleheader on Wednesday. Tip-off for the women is 5:30 p.m., with the men following at 7:30.


DOMINGUEZ HILLS 64, CS STANISLAUS 49 -- The Warriors have been good for six second-half comebacks this season. On Saturday they led early but fell victim to the Toros' zone defense.

Stanislaus (8-7, 3-5 CCAA) led 12-6 with 9:11 left in the first half. A five-minute, 11-6 Dominguez Hills run put the Warriors down by 11 and they got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

It was only the second time this season Stanislaus has lost at home.

Gwen Page led Stanislaus with 16 points and Katie Busi chipped in 13. Busi has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.

One night after beating Cal State L.A. 63-55, the Warriors again found themselves wondering how to keep momentum going.