Former Washington high school standout Daulton Hommes scored 22 points and pulled down seven boards to lead Point Loma (San Diego) to an 87-74 win over Queens University in Evansville, Indiana to advance to the Men’s Division II NCAA Tournament Final Four for the first time in program history.
Sterling Somers, a Lynden High School graduate, added nine points and four boards in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night as the 6-seeded Sea Lions’ upset win over a 3-seed marked their fourth win over a higher-seeded team in the tournament.
Hommes, a Lynden Christian graduate and 6-foot-8 junior guard, scored more than 20 points for the 18th time this season. He’s scored in double- figures every game.
Somers and Hommes went to opposing Lynden High Schools, but grew up playing together.
Somers was the 2A Washington state co-MVP as a senior at Lynden. The now-junior received all-PacWest honorable mention last season as a sophomore. Hommes was a standout football and basketball player at Lynden Christian and played two seasons at Division II Western Washington, where he was a second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches selection as a sophomore before transferring to Point Loma.
“Me and Sterling go way back playing AAU in fourth and fifth grade together. So being on the court with him, it’s just instant chemistry basically,” Hommes told reporters. “I love playing with him, he’s a great worker and does everything we need for our team.”
Point Loma’s 11-point halftime lead was cut to two with just under 10 minutes left, but the Sea Lions turned a 12-4 run to pull away.
Point Loma faces 7-seed Southern Indiana today at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re going to get straight to the film,” Hommes told reporters, “we got to see them play a little bit tonight, they brought their fans out and we’re excited to play (Thursday) in front of a big crowd.”