By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team suffered consecutive losses this past weekend, as both games were decided in the final seconds of the game. The Broncos fell to the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles 47-45 on Friday and lost to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros 76-73 on Saturday.
The Broncos now hold a 14-3 record with a 7-3 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
CPP’s road game against the Golden Eagles was a demonstration of both teams’ strong defense. The Green and Gold had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of the game, but it came up short.
“It was disappointing results for us, but I was happy with our efforts,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “We played great defense, and we just couldn’t buy a basket in the second half.”
During the first 12 minutes of the first half, both teams were evenly matched, as the game was tied at 13-13. In the last eight minutes, the Green and Gold went on a 20-10 run to head into halftime with a 33- 23 lead.
Kamansky was pleased with his team’s offensive and defensively play in the first half.
“It came down to playing good defense, and we executed pretty well,” said Kamansky “Barry [Bell] hit some shots, and when we hit some outside shots, [they] were tough to beat.”
In the second half, the Broncos struggled to make a basket, as they were only able to make three field goals. The Golden Eagles outscored the Broncos 24-12 in the second half.
Senior forward Jordan Faison, who finished the game with 12 points, and senior guard Barry Bell, who had eight points, led CPP.
“I think we took good shots,” said Kamansky. “I don’t think there were bad shots at all.”
It was a bad-shooting night for both teams: the Broncos shot 28 percent from the field, and the Golden Eagles were just a bit better as they shot 29.8 percent.
“I was really happy how we executed at the end of the game,” said Kamansky. “I’m proud with the way our guys competed tonight.”
The Broncos came up short yet again against the Toros on Saturday, as both teams put up a high-scoring display.
“We’re disappointed,” said Kamansky. “Another close game we felt we could have had. Our defense failed us tonight.”
In the first half, both teams were evenly matched, as both teams kept on exchanging leads. CPP got the best of the Toros, as they headed into halftime with a 34-32 lead.
“When you’re up on the road that is a positive,” said Kamansky. “We [were] shooting the ball a lot better than the night before.”
The Toros were able to turn things around in the second half, as the team shot 61.1 percent from the field and 54.4 percent from the three-point line.
“I don’t think we were rotating right on defense,” said Kamansky.
Faison had an efficient game on offense for the Broncos, after finishing the game with a team-high 19 points on a 7-for-8 performance from the field.
Junior guard Quentin Taylor contributed with 13 points on a 4-for-6 shooting night. Bell had a team-high eight assists to go along with eight points.
“They looked a lot more confident tonight,” said Kamansky. “I was happy with our offense.”
CPP was efficient on offense for the whole game, as the team shot 53.2 percent from the field. However, its defense was not as strong, as the opposing team shot 57.5 percent from the field.
The Broncos will look to bounce back from a rocky road trip when they return to Kellogg Arena on Saturday to take on the Humboldt State Jacks.
Andres Torres / The Poly Post
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