Firing on all cylinders

By Erik Carr

Cal Poly men’s basketball team defeated Masters College 75-49 on
Thursday, in the last game prior to the start of the regular
season.

This came off the heels of their loss to Westmont College just
three days before.

With that game still fresh in their minds, Tuesday night’s game
was crucial to the team’s morale.

However, prior to the start of the game head coach Greg Kamansky
made sure his players still remained level-headed.

“I told them don’t even worry about the score,” Kamansky said.
“Just worry about getting better tonight. At this point in the
season, that’s all we have to worry about is getting better. If we
don’t get better quickly, this season could slip away real easily.
The league’s starting the next time we play. It’ll be a lot
different as far as the intensity level and everything else.”

The Broncos began the game with a 10-0 run, on their way to a
41-30 halftime lead.

“I thought we passed the ball better, shot better and went
inside the lane more,” Kamansky said.

The strong start gave the Broncos the momentum throughout the
game. Boosted by the home crowd, Cal Poly cruised through the game
in a high offensive effort.

“We had Dwayne give us a boost a bit early. That was huge. We
actually made five 3’s tonight.”

For this half, the Broncos dominated in the paint scoring 38 of
their 41 points from there.

However, the 11 point-differential at halftime was due to the
fact that Masters College made four more three-pointers and was
perfect in free throws.

Masters College scored first in the second half and cut the
Broncos’ lead to 6 points. But the Broncos answered back with a 9-0
run.

This was followed shortly after by a 14-0 run by the Broncos in
which they held Masters College scoreless for more than seven
minutes.

During this run, Freshman guard Mitchel Anderson, playing in his
first college home game, fired up the crowd with two dunks and a
pair of three pointers.

“It’s a lot more intense than high school of course,” Anderson
said, “It’s faster. It’s more active. It’s a good experience.”

At the end of the second half, the Broncos scored twice as many
points as their opponents, while making more three-pointers.

For the night, the team was led by sophomore center Dwayne Fells
and senior guard Austin Swift, who both scored 13 points.

“I think today we slowed it down a lot,” said Swift. “You know,
just took what the defense gave us and wound up making a lot more
shots and a lot less turnovers, and I think that was a big
difference.”

Freshman guard s Mark Rutledge and Mitchel Anderson each scored
ten points.

Junior forward Tobias Jahn dished out a game-high seven
assists, and sophomore forward Dwayne Fells pulled down a game-high
nine rebounds.

One thing worth noting is that in Tuesday night’s game, it took
the Broncos only the first half to make as many points than they
did in the entire game against Westmont.

There was “good production off the bench,” said Kamansky, which
was led by Junior Guard Mark Rutledge and Mitchel Anderson who each
scored 10 points.

Kamansky said rebounding was the one aspect the team needed to
improve upon offensively.

The Broncos did just that with 44 rebounds for the game compared
to just 21 from the Master’s College.

“We still need to work on our defense,” said Swift. “We need to
work a little better and you know on offense, we still need to
tighten up some stuff.”

The Broncos begin CCAA play Friday at home against Cal State
East Bay at 7:30 p.m.

Cal Poly will then face UC San Diego Saturday night in Kellogg
Gym, also at 7:30 p.m.

Reach Erik Carr at: sports@thepolypost.com

Firing on all cylinders

Pedro Corona/Poly Post

Firing on all cylinders

Firing on all cylinders

Pedro Corona/Poly Post

Firing on all cylinders

Firing on all cylinders

Pedro Corona/Poly Post

Firing on all cylinders

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