Success equals respect for basketball team

By Elliot Heis

Last year Cal Poly’s basketball team walked through the
postseason each round as the underdog, the Cinderella team kept
taking teams by surprise.

This year will be different, as the Broncos will enter the
upcoming season nationally ranked, at No. 4, according to the
Division II Bulletin poll.

The University of Findlay took last year’s championship by a
miracle last second shot to beat Cal Poly 56-53 in overtime, and
have been slotted in the No. 2 position.

With Cal Poly’s ranking, teams won’t overlook the Broncos who
must now remain focused to prove that last year wasn’t a one-off
occurrence.

The team is not suddenly a national championship contender, as
Cal Poly has been a threat for years; this ranking simply denotes
the recognition the Broncos have earned.

The Broncos’ season will open Nov. 21 in Santa Barbara against
Westmont College before opening the season’s home games against The
Master’s College Nov. 24.

Cal Poly will get its first chance at conference play in just
the third game of the season on Dec. 4 against Cal State East Bay
at Kellogg Gym. This game will begin the long road through the
CCAA, one of, if not the toughest, conference in the country.

Cal Poly will return this season with playoff veterans,
including guard Austin Swift, whose clutch performances were the
difference in key games last year.

The Broncos will also welcome back forward Tobias Jahn, whose
strength and tenacity in the paint will again be a dominant force
for Cal Poly.

No single player, however, was the key to success for the
Broncos last year, and is not expected to be this year either.

The Broncos instead rely on a loyal team structure, together
with a defense that last year made every opposing offense
underachieve. This was revealed to the nation in last year’s final,
as Cal Poly limited Findlay’s offense to just 12 second half
points.

Should the Broncos continue their seamless team play, formidable
defense and resilience against hostile venues, another NCAA
playoffs birth is very likely.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

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