The Oilers wouldn’t be so slick this time

By Elliot Heis

Going to overtime in a National Championship game always ends in
elation or heartbreak with one team winning by a tiny margin.

Last year Findlay got lucky and beat the men’s basketball team
with a complete freak buzzer-beater.

We all know who won that game, but what would happen if they
faced each other now?

For starters, it probably wouldn’t be as close this time around,
and a lucky shot wouldn’t save the Oilers.

Cal Poly returns many key players who have come off a strong
offseason that developed strength, athleticism and skill.

Senior forward Austin Swift has emerged for the Broncos as the
leading scorer, with over 14 points per game.

The No. 14 Broncos have taken a couple of hits in losses to
Westmont and Chico, but the latter was just two points in
overtime.

The season has started stronger than last, and that season saw a
championship berth.

Findlay on the other hand have gone from No. 1 to being unranked
after three official losses and two exhibition losses.

Away, the Oilers have won just one game, but have lost
three.

This hasn’t come due to a lack of offense on the Oilers’ part,
with 73.9 points per game and a maximum score of 94.

The Oilers have been shooting .464 from the field so there is
room for improvement.

The Oilers have allowed 59.5 points per game, as opposed to the
Broncos, who have allowed just 51.1.

The numbers seem to follow that of last year, but the Broncos
bring an extra element: experience.

After last year, the Broncos aren’t green to the added pressure
of national attention, and this could be a huge factor for a
hypothetical rematch, and since I’m officiating it, it is.

The support off the Broncos’ bench, and the added offensive
efforts of junior forward Donnelle Booker coming off his red shirt
could spell doom for the Oilers.

Findlay has never faced him, and he could take them by surprise
just as Larry Gordon did last March.

The Broncos may not face the Oilers this year, but have many
possible and formidable opponents should Cal Poly be playing in
March.

If the Broncos pick up momentum anything like last year, book
your tickets for Springfield Mass. for some Cal Poly March
Madness.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

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