Broncos crowned 2015 CCAA champions

By Christian Cataldo

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team traveled to Stockton on Friday and won big against Chico State and Humboldt State, earning the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship title. Winning the CCAA Tournament also secures CPP a spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, which begins March 13, where they’ll play Dixie State.

Before the games, the CCAA awards banquet awarded the Bronco players for their hard work all season. Senior guard Terrence Drisdom was honored with the most prestigious award, CCAA Player of the Year.

“It’s kind of unreal right now,” said Drisdom about winning the award. “I didn’t really expect [this] when I first started the season. I expected to go out and play as hard as I can every night and know that “I have a great group of guys behind me to do so.

“So when I got the award, it kind of hit me a little bit.”

Head coach Greg Kamansky commented on Drisdom’s award.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Kamansky. “[It is] well earned and well deserved.”

Junior forward Jordan Faison, along with Drisdom, made the All-CCAA First Team. Junior guard Barry Bell came away with All-CCAA Second Team honors, and senior guard Daniel Rodriguez earned an All-CCAA Honorable Mention.

CPP faced off against conference rival Chico State in the final round of the CCAA Tournament on Saturday, winning in overtime by a score of 62-57.

It was a hard-fought game between the two teams: the score tied six times and changed leads 10 times.

But CPP was able to bring the victory home.

Faison commented on the feeling of being the conference champions.

“I’ve got no words really,” said Faison.

“It sums up all our hard work and effort we put in this season, and it feels great.”

Kamansky commented on how proud he is of his team.

“I couldn’t be more proud, especially for my seniors,” said Kamansky. “It was a physical war, and we responded.”

Drisdom and Faison led the Broncos against Chico State.

Drisdom finished the game with 15 points, two of which came from clutch free throws that sent the game into overtime.

Faison commented on what it is like to have Drisdom as a teammate, and having him shoot those free-throws that sent the game into overtime.

“I knew they were going in; I had no doubt,” said Fasion. “He’s just one of a kind. [A player like him] doesn’t come around too often.”

Faison, who won the CCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, finished the game with 17 points, 11 of which came in the second half.

The Broncos’ strong defense was the key factor for the win.

They held the Wildcats to under 40 percent shooting from the field, and only two points in the overtime.

“We’re not the number one defense in the nation for no reason,” said Faison. “We relied on our defense and that carried us to the win.”

During the last seconds of the game, Bell came down and instantly grabbed his legs in pain.

No word on Bell’s status has come out yet, but Kamansky is optimistic about his guard’s status.

“I know Barry; he’ll be back if he can,” said Kamansky.

On Friday, the Broncos took down Humboldt State 78-68 in the semifinals.

Three outstanding performances from Drisdom, Faison and Rodriguez clinched the win.

They each finished with 22 points, helping the Broncos outscore the high-powered offense of the Jacks.

“Daniel Rodriguez really stepped up big time,” said Kamansky. “I’m so proud of him.”

The players enjoyed this win a little bit more, knowing that they have knocked out the rivals.

The Jacks cost the Broncos the regular season conference title by beating them in the last game of the season.

Drisdom talked about the sweet feeling of beating Humboldt State.

“Honestly, I hate playing those [guys],” said Drisdom. “I’m glad we were able to come out with this win tonight, showing how tough we are [and] how resilient we are.”

CPP scored an astounding 48 points in the second half alone, which ultimately sealed the deal for the Broncos.

Moving forward, the Broncos now have an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will travel to host school Azusa Pacific for the West Regionals.

2015 CCAA Champs

Courtesy Bronco Athletics

2015 CCAA Champs

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