Problems persist for Broncos

By Elliot Heis

he men’s basketball team suffered a crushing week with three
losses at home before this week’s road trip. The losses weren’t the
only bad news for Cal Poly, with injury hitting the Broncos’ roster
hard.

Junior forward Tobias Jahn suffered a pinched nerve in his neck
over a week ago, and has been playing through it in pain until he
finally didn’t dress Saturday against Cal State LA, which the
Broncos lost 54-53 in a heartbreaker.

The loss of Jahn has stretched an already short roster, which
must now rely on its bench more than any time this season.

Freshman forward Kevin Ryan has been seeing about seven minutes
per game this season. Against Cal State Dominguez Hills he played
12, and against Cal State LA he saw 17.

Sophomore guard Matthew Rosser has averaged 16.3 minutes per
game this season, coming in off the bench. Rosser has started the
last two games and played 30 minutes against Cal State LA. Rosser’s
first start was in a game Jahn played in.

Jahn, who has averaged over 24 minutes per game played just 13
against Dominguez Hills and did not dress against LA.

The Broncos must now dig deep and have a huge support from the
bench as Cal Poly hits the road in nine of the next eleven
games.

There is hope though. The Broncos historically have done well
with a short roster, including last year, where part of their
season was navigated with just seven healthy players. This is a
different team from last year, but the experience is there, and the
senior leadership has the potential to get the Broncs through
this.

Also, this isn’t a team that relies on an all star. There are no
LeBrons on this team, just a hard working unit.

It’s not yet known how long Jahn will be out, and until then the
Broncos will have to find an answer for the post, which has been
open in the last few games.

The CCAA is a tough conference to have a short roster in; with
most teams either playing a hard physical game or a fast paced
game, both of which take their toll on a team that has fewer games
at home, let alone on the road.

All we can do now is hope the Broncos rally up north and come
home with some W’s.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

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