By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s and women’s basketball teams are heading to the California Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs with momentum on their side, after the men’s team defeated the Cal State San Marcos Cougars 64-54 and the women’s team defeated the Cougars 58-38 on Saturday at Kellogg Arena.
CPP finishes the 2015-16 regular season with a record of 21-6 and a mark of 14-6 in the CCAA.
In front of 2,274 spectators, senior forward Jordan Faison, senior guard Barry Bell and senior forward Francois Tchoyi were honored during the Broncos Homecoming game and Senior Night.
“It’s a big night for Jordan, Barry and Francois,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “I’m really happy that they were able to go out with a victory. They have been great players, teammates and representatives of the university.”
“Just to be acknowledged is something special,” said Faison. “I’m glad I got all the support that I need.”
Kamansky has enjoyed seeing his seniors develop into players and men.
“I have seen Jordan’s personality grow and his leadership grow,” said Kamansky. “Francois is one of the gentlest kids I’ve ever known and has a big heart. Barry has matured and grown into a great leader. These kids are wonderful role models to our younger players.”
Faison has many memories he will always cherish with his teammates.
“I think it’s just the whole experience,” said Faison. “Just going through conditioning, being on the road, practices and just all the stuff that does not really get notice. Just becoming brothers and building a friendship, that’s probably the most special thing.”
Getting player of the game honors was Faison after scoring 13 points on a 5-for-10 shooting night to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard Quentin Taylor contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was a good win,” said Kamansky. “Our defense came through when we needed it. Were going to win games base on our defense.”
“We got back to playing Bronco basketball, and I’m glad we finished the regular season with a win,” said Faison. “Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into the playoffs.”
The Broncos demonstrated their strong defense in the first 10 minutes of the first half, as they held the Cougars to just 25 percent from the field. CPP’s defense helped lead the team into halftime with a 28-21 lead.
The Green and Gold had its biggest lead of the game in the second half, after leading 40-25 near the 14-minute mark. However, the Cougars refused to go away, as they went on a 17-5 run to cut the lead to by three, 45-42.
CPP thet went on a 19-12 run to close out the game and secure the victory. The Green and Gold’s strong defense limited the Cougars to just 28.9 percent from the field.
The Broncos quest to a national championship begins today when they host the San Francisco State Gators at Kellogg Arena.
“I think they will be ready,” said Kamansky. “We have had a long hard year and I think we had a great record for what was expected of us. Will give it all we have Tuesday night, I promise you that.”
“Were feeling good,” said Faison. “We got to be prepare and just bring it.”
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team earned a dominant win over the Cal State San Marcos Cougars 58-38 on Saturday at Kellogg Arena.
CPP now holds a record of 11-16 and a mark of 9-11 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
In front of 1,483 spectators, senior center Mary Williams was honored in her last home game during Senior Night. She helped lead her team to victory after scoring 19 points on an efficient 9-for-14 shooting from the field to go along with 12 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Priscilla Brooks contributed with 14 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Jordyn Shane added 10 points on a 9-for-14 performance from the field to go along with five rebounds.
The Broncos dominated the first half with strong defense after keeping the opposing team to just 15.4 percent from the field. CPP headed into halftime with a 26-12 lead.
In the second half, the Broncos continued their dominance on defense after leading 44-26 before the start of the fourth quarter. The Green and Gold went on a 14-12 stretch in the last 10 minutes of the game with the Cougars to secure a dominant victory.
CPP was efficient from the field all night long, as it shot 51 percent from the field. The team’s strong defense kept its opponent to just 25 percent shooting from the field.
With the win, the Green and Gold clinched the no. 7 seed and will face the UC San Diego Tritons today in La Jolla, California.
Miguel Lopez / The Poly Post
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