Sunbirds men look to extend streak

Fresno Pacific’s Matt Samuels goes down low for a shot against Hawaii Hilo in their game at Fresno Pacific on Jan. 14.
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The Fresno Pacific men’s basketball team heads into Saturday’s game against Holy Names on a six-game winning streak, but Sunbirds coach Chris Wright is concerned with his team’s next challenge.

“Holy Names has struggled in league but are dangerous,” Wright said. “They have a couple of a knock-down shooters.”

Holy Names’ Tyler Fry is averaging 13.8 ppg and Ian Collins 11.8 ppg.

After Saturday’s Pacific West Conference game in Oakland, the Sunbirds will travel to St. George, Utah, and face conference leader Dixie State on Tuesday.

Fresno Pacific (13-6, 8-3) trails Dixie State by two games and Wright hopes his team doesn’t overlook Holy Names, which is 4-15 and 1-10 in conference.

“We need to come out and defend every possession,” he said. “Can’t allow them to have uncontested looks. Also, we need to attack their zone and get the ball inside where we have a huge advantage.”

The Sunbirds will be without senior guard/forward Rickey Vick (ankle).