Here we GO

By Elliot Heis

Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team kicked off the season
Saturday; The Broncos play their home opener tonight

The Cal Poly men’s basketball team played its first game of the
season Saturday with a 60-47 loss to Westmont College in Santa
Barbara.

The Broncos face The Masters College tonight at Kellogg gym at 7
p.m. in their final pre-conference game before NCAA play commences
Dec. 4.

“It’s back to reality again,” said head coach Greg Kamansky.
“We’re not a team that can show up on the court and win on
talent.”

The Broncos fell behind after scoring just 13 points in the
first half to go into the break trailing by 15 points. Cal Poly
then regrouped in the second half to win the period 34-32, but the
rally was not enough to get the Broncos the win.

“It wasn’t like the guys didn’t play hard enough,” Kamansky
said. “We only gave up 28 points, and you just can’t score 13 to
start the game.”

Senior guard Austin Swift led the Broncos on offense with 12
points while junior forward Tobias Jahn scored nine for the
night.

Defensively, Cal Poly was led by sophomore guard Matthew Rosser
with three steals, and junior forward Donnelle Booker pulled down
six rebounds.

During a slow first half, the Broncos failed to score a
3-pointer on five attempts. The second half saw just one attempt
which also failed.

This ended a streak of 218 games for Cal Poly scoring at least
one 3-pointer. The streak dated back to January 2002.

The game marked the return of Booker to the team after missing a
season with a medical redshirt.

“Sometimes I’m not good enough but it felt good being out there
with my team,” Booker said. “They know how much I want to
play.”

The Broncos took lessons from the game as they get to know each
other and settle into the season.

“It was a tough game that taught us a lot about ourselves,”
Booker said. “Nobody likes losing but we’ve got to take some
positives out of the game.”

Despite the focus of national ranking, Kamansky feels no extra
pressure from the attention.

“We’ve had national focus before,” Kamansky said. “We struggled
early last year but as long as we keep getting better we’ll be
ok.”

The team has been adjusting to the new mix of players, with new
roles bestowed on the squad.

“[Larry Gordon] was a lot of our offense, and so I’ve got to
step up with a few of the other players and try to fill his shoes
by scoring and rebounding more,” Swift said.

Despite the loss, the Broncos remain focused and now look to
Tuesday’s game at home.

“We’ve got a long season ahead of us and we’ve just got to keep
working every day,” Swift said.

Swift, now a senior, is fast becoming the go-to player on
offense after showing his scoring ability in last year’s postseason
with his clutch shooting.

“We’ve got a good group of core players,” Kamansky said. “The
core coming back has to step up. They aren’t the third option
anymore.”

The Broncos look to rebound Tuesday at home before facing CCAA
opponents next month.

“We know we need to get a lot better, and we will get better,”
Kamansky said.

The Broncos host the Cal State East Bay Pioneers Dec. 4 and the
UC San Diego Tritons Dec. 5.

Both games will be held at Kellogg Gym at 7:30 p.m.

Here we GO

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Here we GO

Here we GO

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Here we GO

Here we GO

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Here we GO

Here we GO

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Here we GO

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