Daulton Hommes, a Lynden Christian High School graduate, had already helped Point Loma reach previously uncharted heights by reaching the Final Four of the Division II Men’s NCAA Tournament.
Now, the Sea Lions are a step closer to winning it all.
Hommes scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down five boards to lead Point Loma (30-4) to an 81-71 win over Southern Indiana on Thursday night in Evansville, Indiana to advance to the Division II national championship game.
Hommes, who was named Division II national player of the year by the National Association for Basketball Coaches on Thursday, is averaging 21.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season.
Point Loma, which led the entire game, held as much as a 14-point elad in a first half that Hommes scored 13 points, but Southern Indiana, a 7-seed, pulled within one by halftime.
That lead did not waver in the second half. Southern Indiana made it a two possession game with 29 seconds left, but Point Loma converted three free throws to seal the game.
Hommes, a junior, hit 6 of 13 shot attempts, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished 5 for 5 from the free throw line. Point Loma shot
Ziggy Satterhwaite, a Puyallup High School grad, scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Former Lynden High School grad Sterling Somers, also a junior, added nine points on 4-of-4 shooting for the Sea Lions, as one of the five players from Washington — freshmen Brock Mackenzie played for Eastside Catholic and senior guard Tanner Nelson played for Union in Vancouver.
Hommes’ play on the national stage highlights a rising interest from NBA scouts, according to some reports. ESPN Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz wrote about how his “impressive frame and skill set” has led to a rise in draft stock.
WHAT’S NEXT: Point Loma plays Missouri State at noon Pacific Time on Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.