Huntington Beach, Calif. - Golden West had four players score in double figures but it wasn't enough as they fell to Saddleback 96-92 for their fourth straight loss.
Sophomore forward Eric Watson tallied a double-double as he netted 23 points and 10 rebounds while going two for four from beyond the three point line in 34 minutes of work. Teammate and swing man Ricky Briseno netted a team high 25 points in 34 minutes of work as well.
It was a back and forth game in the first half as both teams held multiple leads with the Bobcats holding a slim 46-45 halftime lead heading to the locker rooms.
Similar pace of play in the second half, as the Rustlers built an eight point lead 63-55 on a perfectly time alley-op from Briseno to Watson with 13:42 remaining the in the second half. Saddleback would tie the game at 69-69 five minutes later and control the lead from that point on. Golden West would get close on a dunk by James Holmes with six minutes left in the game as the Rustlers went cold shooting from floor.
Golden West will travel to Irvine Valley on Friday January 28 for a 5pm tip-off.