California Dreaming: Darien’s Alex Preston stars for Pomona-Pitzer basketball
Alex Preston spent four years lighting up the basketball court in the Darien High School gymnasium.
Now, he’s doing the same thing out west in Claremont, Calif.
Preston, a freshman on the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team, posted his first collegiate double-double when the Sagehens defeated CalTech, 67-55, on Jan. 3.
The 6-foot-9 Preston played 22 minutes and collected 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double, adding three blocks and two assists to the mix.
Preston has played in 12 of Pomona-Pitzer’s 14 games and averaged 13.1 minutes, but that number has increased lately, as he’s averaged more than 20 minutes in them past four games.
For the season, he’s scored 3.8 points per game, with 35 total rebounds, 13 assists and seven blocks.
In a 101-90 win over Redland on New Year’s Day, Preston had a solid game with five points, five assists, three rebounds, and one block.
The Sagehens are a combination of Pomona College, where Preston is a freshman, and Pitzer College, both of which are located in Claremont, Calif. The team plays in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
Pomona-Pitzer is 5-9 overall, but has won four of its last five games and is 3-2 in the SCIAC.
The Sagehens return to action on Saturday when they play at Occidental at 2 p.m. Preston will be squaring off against a familiar opponent in that game, as Occidental’s roster includes New Canaan High School graduate Tyler Sweeney at guard.