By Michael Zavala
It’s been a rough season for the men’s basketball team.
Cal Poly has struggled to find the right note, but it is hoping
a solid win last week at home will help it build the momentum it
The Broncos (3-6, 2-2) defeated Cal State L.A. Saturday, 69-45.
The victory came a day after Cal Poly lost at home to Cal State
Dominguez Hills, 50-47.
“Our defense was excellent the whole weekend,” said head coach
Greg Kamansky. “We’re moving forward.”
In spite of its struggles, Cal Poly retains a .500 conference
record and is tied for fifth in the California Collegiate Athletic
Both teams started slowly Saturday, struggling to put something
together offensively as Cal Poly took a 26-22 lead into
However, one bright spot on offense was the play of senior
Angelo Tsagarakis, who came off the bench and led all scorers with
25 points, including a 6-of-7 night from beyond the arc.
Junior Larry Gordon, the CCAA Player of the Week for the week of
Dec. 24-30, contributed his sixth double-double of the season,
scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Senior Kaelen Daniels also had a solid game, scoring 12 points
and hauling down seven rebounds as the Broncos sprinted ahead with
the lead to begin the second half and never let up, building their
lead as high as 26 before taking home the 24-point victory.
“In the second half we minimized turnovers and got on good runs
offensively,” said Kamansky. “That’s how we need to play. I’m
pleased with the effort; it’s a good win.”
As good as the win against Cal State L.A. was, however, Cal
Poly’s loss against Cal State Dominguez Hills was more indicative
of how its season has progressed so far.
The Broncos got off to a good start early, as Tsagarakis hit two
3-pointers to give them a five-point lead, 10-5.
The Toros weren’t about to back down so easily, though. They
kept up the pressure and even snatched the lead away from Cal Poly
a couple of times before going into the half down by two,
In the second half, Cal Poly again got off to a good start
early, pushing the ball inside and being aggressive. But the Toros
also executed their offense aggressively, cutting inside as often
as possible and giving the Bronco defense fits.
Cal Poly had trouble getting into a groove in the second half
due to turnovers.
“That’s been a problem all year for us,” said Kamansky. “It’s
nothing new. … We made bad decisions and had too many
Despite problems on the offensive end, the Broncos still managed
to keep it close much of the second half, coming to within a point
six times and tying it at 42-42 with 2:55 remaining in the
In the final minutes, the Toros started to run out the clock,
and Dominguez Hills’ Danny Tavarez hit a huge 3-pointer to put
Dominguez Hills up by four.
However, Gordon then responded with a clutch 3-pointer of his
own to bring the deficit back down to a single point.
Dominguez Hills hit two free throws in its next possession to go
up by three points.
Unfortunately, Cal Poly threw away its chances with a costly
turnover off a bad pass by Tsagarakis and a fumbled ball during
another 3-point attempt by Gordon as time expired.
“The guys have to get better hands; we fumble the ball too
much,” said Kamansky. “It’s par for the season, silly stuff like
that. I can’t coach that.”
The Broncos return to play on the road Friday at Chico State and
again Saturday at Cal State Stanislaus.
Junior Larry Gordon moves toward the basket during the men’s basketball team’s win against Cal State L.A. Friday.
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