By Azariah Long
Sophomore guard William Christmas scored six points in 10 minutes of double overtime as basketball topped Dixie State 79-75 in the season opener at Kellogg Arena.
CPP hosted the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Pacific West Conference Challenge over the weekend with Friday night’s contest against the Red Storm being the second game.
UC San Diego, Dixie State, Azusa Pacific and CPP took part.
Freshman guard Phoenix Shackelford hit a 3-pointer that put the Broncos up 61-52 with 5:35 left in the game.
Dixie State responded with a 9-0 run to force overtime.
Two straight threes from senior guards Trevor Hill and Brandon Simister in the space of two minutes cut the lead to three.
Senior guard Kyler Nielson made one of two from the line and with 32 seconds left, junior forward Quincy Mathews tied the game with a layup.
After a 30-second time-out Christmas had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a layup at the buzzer.
The first overtime ended 5-5, but in the second, CPP opened with a 7-2 run.
Shackelford knocked down another three to put the Broncos up eight.
This time, Dixie State failed to rally.
Christmas led the way for the Broncos with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds while also dishing out three assists.
Four of the Broncos starting five finished with double-digit points.
Senior guard Jeremy Dennis came off the bench to get 13 points in 28 minutes of action.
CPP shot under 40 percent for the game, but outscored Dixie State 14-5 off turnovers forcing 19.
Fifth-year senior guard Quentin Taylor scored 14 points and shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Men’s basketball suffered its first loss on Saturday against Azusa Pacific University 70-58.
Dennis scored the teams’ first points on a put back right underneath the basket and was fouled in the act of shooting.
The Broncos tried to set up their defense early, but they could not stop the Cougars from scoring in the first five minutes.
The team trailed after an 11-4 run from the Cougars.
CPP played sloppy on offense and failed to get back on defense.
“We had too many turnovers, a lot of miss communication,” Taylor said. “We took to many shots early in the shot clock.”
CPP trailed 43-21 at the half.
The Broncos outscored APU 37-27 in the second half, but could not make up the first half deficit.
“The second half I think we showed some energy and some life, but it was just too big of a whole and we have to fix some things,” Christmas said.
Coming out of the half the Broncos looked for a way to score.
Sophomore forward Justin Young scored the first points of the second half with a layup down the middle.
The Broncos started to find their groove after Young scored.
The Broncos went on a 7-2 run three minutes into the second half.
“In the second half we started to play better, but we have to give credit to Azusa they have a really good team,” head coach Greg Kamansky said.
The Broncos are now 1-1 and will play tomorrow at the Kellogg Arena against Bethesda before conference play begins on Saturday at Stanislaus State.
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Quentin Taylor scored 14 points against Dixie State
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