By Bri Wingfield
The Broncos now have a four-game winning streak with Thursday’s 58-42 win on the road against CCAA opponent Cal State Monterey Bay and a win against Cal State East Bay.
Sophomore guard Jordan Ogundiran kicked off the game against Cal State Monterey Bay with a big three-pointer and scored the first five points for the Broncos within the first five minutes of the game.
Ogundiran scored 10 points for the Broncos and brought down two rebounds.
While the game remained close throughout the first half, the Broncos never gave up their lead.
They went into the second half intent on widening the margin and coming out with a big win.
Coach Greg Kamansky has been insistent on the importance of defense this season and attributes the last three wins to the solid defensive effort by his players.
The defense undoubtedly clicked, holding the Otters to 42 points for the game.
Two big three-pointers from freshman guard Nikhil Peters with eight minutes left in the half widened the gap to a 15-point lead for the Broncos, which Kamansky referred to as “the key turning point of the game.”
Freshman guard Riley Schaefer led the team with 12 points.
He also earned five rebounds and two assists.
“Every game is huge to us right now. We started off [the season] in a bit of a hole, so we’ve really been locked in on these wins. Every win means more as we try and go up in the standings and make a run [for the playoffs],” said Schaefer.
The Broncos had 15 steals for the night and converted 31 points off of CSUMB’s turnovers.
“We have been playing scrappy. Getting on top of the ball and playing like the underdogs with nothing to lose,” stated junior guard Jeremy Dennis.
“The past two wins [against Stanislaus State and Chico State] have given us a glimmer of light that we can make the playoffs.”
Sophomore guard Chris Sullivan tallied nine points for the game and led the team with six rebounds.
Sullivan has been locked in on staying active on the floor as well as getting defensive stops and rebounds, all the while remaining a leader on the floor.
When asked what stood out about the game, Sullivan replied, “Everybody had each others backs and we played together.”
“Our team is really young, so playing with confidence and learning how to compete at this level is a focus right now,” said Kamansky.
CPP shot 43 percent from the field goal range and 28 percent beyond the arc.
The Broncos now have a 6-10 record for the season and 4-7 in CCAA league play.
Saturday’s 67-60 win against Cal State East Bay marked the Broncos’ fourth straight win.
The Broncos will play at home next weekend against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday and Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Bronco Athletics
Sophomore guard Jordan Ogundiran scored 10 points against Cal State Moneterey Bay
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