Three tough losses

By Annette Vitkievicz

Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team ended a difficult week with a
54-53 loss to the Cal State Los Angeles Eagles on Saturday.

The Broncos also lost their battles against the Cal State
Dominguez Hills Toros last Friday and to the Cal State San
Bernardino Coyotes last Tuesday.

“They’re trying and doing the best they can,” said head coach
Greg Kamansky. “It wasn’t about the effort.”

Although the Broncos suffered three straight defeats, they fell
to sixth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with a
5-4 record and hold a 7-5 overall record.

The Broncos will travel north to battle Cal State San Francisco
on Friday. Following three weeks of away games, the team will
return home to play against Cal State University Chico on Feb. 5 in
the gym at 7:30 p.m.

Despite a solid performance by senior guard Austin Swift, the
team struggled against the Toros’ tough offense and ended the game
with a 49-58 loss.

While Swift led the Broncos through a strong first half by
scoring 10 points and nine rebounds, he pledged to push harder
through the upcoming games.

“I’ll play stronger and more physical,” said Swift. “We have to
work harder and play more aggressively.”

Kamansky echoed Swift’s tenacity.

“They need to slow down, relax and play,” said Kamansky. “We
have to play harder to get results.”

Although Swift racked up a total of 17 points against the
Coyotes, the Broncos ultimately endured an aggravating eight point
defeat, ending the game with a 66-58 final score.

The game marked the Coyotes’ first win at Kellogg Gym in six
years.

Freshman guard Mitchell Anderson remained resilient and played a
powerful offensive game, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers.
Kamansky said he was pleased with the new player’s efforts.

“He competed really well,” said Kamansky. “He’s a freshman and
played hard.”

Downtrodden by their slight defeat, the Broncos again trailed
the Toros by a few baskets with a final score of 58-49.

With 13 games left until the CCAA tournament, the Broncos will
strive for success.

Kamansky kept positive and looked ahead toward a fresh start in
their upcoming games a strong end to the season.

“They have to learn what happened, forget it and move on,” said
Kamansky. “We still have a lot of time left.”

Reach Annette Vitkievicz at: sports@thepolypost.com

Three tough losses

Pedro Corona/Poly Post

Three tough losses

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