Livingston guards step up with star out

LIVINGSTON -- Harnarinder Johal's stat line wasn't impressive: one white towel and two water bottles in four quarters on the bench.

"That's not a good sight," Livingston guard Dorian Campos said. "That was 20 points sitting on the bench over there."

With its best player reduced to a 6-foot-5-inch cheerleader, Livingston turned to its guards for yet another bailout.

Campos, Luis Castellanos and Brian Rivera combined for more than 75 percent of Livingston's offense in a 48-46 win over Central Catholic on Tuesday night.

Castellanos scored a team-high 14 points and Rivera knocked down the game-winning free throws with seconds left as Livingston moved into sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Campos finished with 13 points and Rivera 12 as Livingston (17-4, 7-1) won its fifth game in a row and avenged its only WAC loss.

Dusty Killian kept Central Catholic (15-5, 6-2) close with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

"You have to win at home in this league," Livingston coach Angelo Naldi said. "And then hope to get a few steals on the road. But most of all, you have to win the games that you're supposed to win."

Johal was forced to sit out Tuesday's game after being ejected from Saturday's 65-60 win at Orestimba with three technicals.

Livingston won this one with one of the area's top scorers in street clothes.

The two teams traded the lead three times in the final minute, but the Wolves scored last.

Rivera scored Livingston's final four points, including two free throws with 14 seconds left.

Raiders guard Alex Case missed a leaning 8-footer with seconds left.

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