By Miguel Lopez
Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team Head Coach Greg Kamansky now stands with the most wins in program history with 330. The Broncos made their way back on the winning column after securing double-digit victories at home against Stanislaus State Warriors 59-48 on Thursday and Chico State Wildcats 69-56 on Saturday.
Kamansky made history by earning career win No. 330 to become CPP’s men’s basketball all-time leader in wins.
“I’m blessed to have all these good people around me,” said Kamansky. “It makes me happy obviously, but it’s a team thing, and the players deserve it just as much as I do.”
“Is exciting,” said Faison. “We have set a lot of records since I’ve been here. It’s just good to be part of history.”
After getting their first lost of the 2015-16 season, the Broncos responded with a strong defensive performance at home against the Warriors.
“It’s great to win,” said Kamansky. “Our defense was great tonight and that was what helped us tonight.”
“We had to respond to the loss on Saturday,” said senior guard Barry Bell. “I think we responded pretty well on the defensive end, and I think we played hard for the entire game.”
The Green and Gold got off to a slow start in the first minutes of the game, as it trailed 13-4. CPP then went on a 10-0 run to earn its first lead of the game.
The Broncos were unable to keep the lead for long, as the Warriors headed into halftime with a 25-22 lead.
In the first minutes of the second half, both teams fought back and forth. Near the eight-minute mark the Green and Gold got its first double-digit lead, and it never looked back as it secured the win.
Bell led the Broncos with a team high 18 points on a 5-for-12 shooting night to go along with two steals.
“When he makes shots, [it’s] unbelievable,” said Kamansky, “He made some good plays, got some confidence on the drive [and] made some wide open jumpers tonight, so he was huge for us.”
“I am mainly a defensive player, so I like playing defense,” said Bell. “I like getting the team energized playing defense. That’s just mainly my role, picking the team up on defense, making sure everyone is on their spots and pressuring the ball.”
CPP only shot 33.9 percent from the field but its strong defense was the difference of the game, as it was able to maintain the Warriors to 26 percent from the field.
“We made an effort tonight to make sure we were locked in down on defense,” said Kamansky. “Whenever we hold a team to 45 points, we’ll take it.”
Senior forward Jordan Faison was a strong defensive presence, as he led the team with nine rebounds to go along with two blocks.
“He is huge for us,” said Bell. “He is athletic, plays defense, he rebounds and he makes shots that really helps us.”
CPP brought its momentum in front of 956 spectators on Saturday against the Wildcats for Heroes Night, where police, fire, and military staff were honored for their services.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, both teams traded points, as CPP was leading 17-15. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, the Broncos went on a 16-6 run to head into halftime with a 33-21 lead.
In the second half, the Wildcats came out strong, as they cut the lead to two near the 10-minute mark by going on an 11-0 run.
CPP retaliated with a 10-0 run and was able to seal the game with a victory.
“I liked how we stayed calm and stayed composed,” said Faison. “It was great that we were able to just take a deep breath and say, ‘Okay were good. We can sustain this little run that they are bringing to us.'”
Faison had a dominant game, as he finished the game with 24 points on 11-for-19 from the field to go along with 10 rebounds.
“I have had some great guys to follow up and learn from ever since my freshman year, so I just been trying to take what they did and just trying to lead the team,” said Faison.
Courtesy of Bronco Athletics
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