By Elliot Heis
Last week the No. 6 Men’s Basketball team became the No. 17
Broncos after unexpectedly losing to NAIA team Westmont
The loss was disappointing, but did at least let the team know
it isn’t infallible, and the effort seen in the team’s second game
seemed to reflect this discovery.
The Broncos are still very much a threat to go deep into the
postseason, especially if they capitalize on some key elements”
Team-based zone defense: Not as mindless as a man-on-man
defense, the zone requires a team to know each role and communicate
The extra work in practice can really pay off, with the paint
covered by up to five players when an opponent attempts to drive
This defense has frustrated even the best offensive teams as
they are forced to take rushed shots in the dwindling seconds of
the shot clock. Opponent’s shot selection becomes poor and the
shooting percentages plummet.
It’s the same defense that held Findlay, the nation’s strongest
offense to 12 second-half points in last year’s championship
Balanced Offense: The Broncos enjoyed a
dominant offensive player last year in Larry Gordon. Although
Gordon had the support of a high percentage shooting team, Cal
Poly’s scoring had a lot to do with “LG.”
This year, the Broncos have more than one player that could be
relied on for the offensive effort but are most effective when
sharing the rock.
According to head coach Greg Kamansky this team needs to
consistently score in the 50s and 60s to be a contender.
Last Tuesday the Broncos scored 75 points, and the highest
scoring player had 13. Four players scored at least ten.
The Broncos don’t need a LeBron James to win; they just have to
keep it balanced and keep the ball moving around.
Teams with one dominant player fluctuate with their star. A
balanced team can turn out big scores night after night.
These things seem obvious, but are vital to a successful year
for Cal Poly.
This season is also a chance for the Broncos to prove that last
year wasn’t just a one-off occurrence.
Cal Poly is playing on the national stage this year. CCAA rivals
see the Broncos as the team to beat, and will be gunning for
But the team that came out to play against the Master’s College
would be a handful for any team Cal Poly come across.
Reach Elliot Heis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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