By Christian Cataldo
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team wrapped up its four-game road trip this weekend, beating Sonoma State 62-51, and San Francisco State 64-57. CPP’s overall record is now 18-5, and 14-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
With these wins, the Broncos guaranteed themselves a spot in the upcoming CCAA Tournament, held in Stockton, California.
The Broncos began the weekend by taking down the Sonoma State Seawolves, whose star player was sidelined with an injury. Junior guard James Davis is fifth on the CCAA scoring list, and the Seawolves felt his absence immediately when the Broncos held them to 16 points in the first half.
Head coach Greg Kamansky talked about the absence of Seawolves’ Davis.
“We came out in the first half with some great energy, and I don’t think it would have mattered that much,” said Kamansky.
Bronco junior forward Jordan Faison also spoke on the injury.
“He was definitely a big part of our game plan and we really focused in on him but we just had to adjust,” said Faison. “They definitely have a really balanced team, so we had to be ready for anybody to step up.”
CPP’s defense dominated the game, forcing 17 turnovers. They also held the top three-point shooting team in the conference to only 31.6 percent from behind the arc.
Faison spoke about his team’s defense and the areas it needs to improve.
“I feel like our defense is pretty much there,” said Faison. “There is a couple of things we need to tweak, but the biggest thing is coming out with energy and being ready to play.
“I feel like our defense is where it needs to be at right now.”
The Broncos’ offense was strong with Faison, senior guard Terrence Drisdom and junior guard Barry Bell.
Faison finished with 16 points on seven for 13 shooting, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Drisdom had a good night, dropping 16 points on seven for eight shooting, two of which came off of three-pointers.
Bell also netted two three-pointers on his way to his 10-point and four assist finish.
Kamansky talked about the importance of Drisdom and Faison’s scoring to the team.
“We rely on those guys to perform night in and night out,” said Kamansky. “Terrence was very efficient tonight, shooting seven for eight, and having an inside presence with Jordan is huge.
“But what really helps is when we have guys step up and hit outside shots; it makes it a balanced scoring [attack] where they can’t just focus on one or two guys.”
The Broncos’ strong offense carried over into the game against the San Francisco State Gators on Saturday. Four Broncos scored double-digit points to help CPP get the win in overtime.
Gators senior forward, Udun Osakue, gave the Broncos trouble as he netted four three-pointers and finished with 21 points.
However, CPP responded with strong offensive performances. Drisdom led the Broncos with 18 points and three steals, while Bell finished with 11 points.
Faison and senior guard Daniel Rodriguez both netted 13 points. Faison also grabbed 12 rebounds, giving him his third double-double of the season.
The Broncos were the more physical team on the court, as they finished with 34 rebounds as opposed to the Gators 25. CPP’s aggressiveness also paid off, with eight more free throws than the Gators.
The Broncos are moving closer to the post-season, with only four games left in the regular season.
On Friday, the Broncos will return home to take on Cal State Los Angeles, a team that handed them a tough loss early in the year, for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.
On Saturday, the Broncos will play their last home game of the season for their Homecoming game against Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
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