LOS ANGELES — Ryan Kaneshiro was named the SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for the third time this season after leading the Oxy men's basketball team to a pair of road wins last week.
The Tigers beat Chapman 59-46 and Cal Lutheran 70-67, improving to 18-3 overall and 9-3 in SCIAC.
Kaneshiro, who is the SCIAC's leader in assists per game and ranks in the top 10 in rebounds per game, was the primary defender on the top two SCIAC scorers. He held Chapman's Cam Haslam to 5-13 shooting, and Cal Lutheran's Kyle Ferreria to 5-20 shooting.
Kaneshiro has become one of Oxy's best players with outstanding on ball defense, rebounding, leadership and distributing on offense. The junior from Santa Claria and Hart HS has a remarkable 65 assists and just 13 turnovers in SCIAC play.
Kaneshiro has been a key part of Oxy's highly-ranked defense during the past two seasons. The Tigers were the only NCAA Division III team in the top 10 in field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal defense, and points per game defense last season, and this year the Tigers currently rank 11th in field goal percentage defense at 38.6 percent and 27th in scoring defense at 65.5 points per game.
Kaneshiro is one of three Oxy players to earn weekly awards this season. Zach Baines has won SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week twice and Austin DeWitz has earned SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Oxy is back in action with an important home game against Redlands at Rush Gym on Wednesday. With four SCIAC games to play, Oxy can clinch a spot in the four-team SCIAC tournament with a win.
Redlands (6-5 SCIAC) beat Oxy 101-97 in the first match up between the schools last month.
Oxy then plays at Whittier (5-7 SCIAC), at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-2 SCIAC) and at home against No. 10 Pomona Pitzer (12-0 SCIAC) to close out the regular season.