Broncos drop to eighth in tournament

By Eric Carlstrom

Just a weekend after clinching a California Collegiate Athletic
Conference Tournament berth, the men’s basketball team traveled
north and dropped a 64-63 decision to Sonoma State, followed by a
79-71 defeat at the hands of Humboldt State.

The Broncos (11-15, 10-10) entered the weekend in a four-way tie
for fourth place but finished the weekend eighth in the CCAA,
giving them the last seed in the conference tournament.

The Broncos will face Humboldt State today in the first round of
the tournament.

“It’s not the end of the world,” head coach Greg Kamansky said.
“I think we were looking forward to coming home and playing San
Bernardino in the tournament, but we’ll stay here and try and upset
Humboldt on Tuesday.”

The Broncos got off to a slow start Thursday, falling behind by
margins of 17-10 and 30-16 before finally fighting back. Cal Poly
went on a 10-0 run to close the half, cutting the Seawolves’ lead
to four, 30-26.

The Broncos started slowly again in the second half, while the
Seawolves pushed the lead back to double digits and led by 14.

Cal Poly fought back, trailing 61-53 with 3:28 remaining, and
outscored Sonoma by a 7-1 margin over the next 3:24.

With four seconds remaining, the Broncos fouled Andrew Kochevar
in the hopes that a missed free throw would leave the door open for
a game-tying shot.

Instead, Kochevar nailed both free throws and put the lead to
four, ending any chance of a comeback despite junior Larry Gordon’s
buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

“We shot 10-of-22 from the field and 3-of-15 from three,”
Kamansky said. “That’s our worst shooting performance of the year,
and we lost by one point.”

Gordon led the Broncos with a career-high 27 points. Senior
Angelo Tsagarakis chipped in with 13 points.

The Broncos fought hard again Friday but finished with the same
result in a close loss to Humboldt.

After trailing 39-36 at half, the Lumberjacks immediately took
control of the second period, going on a 13-2 run and leading 52-38
just three minutes into the second half.

For the next eight and a half minutes, however, the Broncos went
on a run of their own, grabbing their first lead of the game,
58-57, with 8:27 to play.

The lead did not last though, and the Lumberjacks responded by
grabbing the lead once more. Gordon hit a layup with 4:06 left to
put the Broncos up 68-67, but Ernie Spada hit a 3-pointer on the
next possession, putting the lead in the Lumberjacks’ hands for
good.

“We played a good game, Humboldt just did what champions do,”
Kamansky said. “It wasn’t an effort thing. We played well; they
just played a great game.”

Gordon led the way for the Broncos, scoring a game-high 22
points, his 25th straight double-digit scoring night, and grabbing
eight rebounds.

Broncos drop to eighth in tournament

Eric Christiansen/Poly Post

Broncos drop to eighth in tournament

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