By Azariah Long
Men’s basketball won its first game in conference play against the Stanislaus State Warriors 62-46 on Saturday.
In the first half, the Broncos struggled to score early on.
Sophomore guard William Christmas scored the first basket of the game on a turnaround jumper in the paint.
The Broncos could not score in the first five minutes of the game.
“I think we need to build on this game and we definitely think we have to stay focused and get our rotations down,” junior guard Jordan Ogundiran said.
Six minutes after Christmas scored the opening basket of the game, senior guard Jeremy Dennis rebounded the ball and scored with 13:38 left in the first half.
Christmas dribbled with the ball down the lane and passed the ball to Sophomore guard Nikhil Peters.
Peters knocked down a three-pointer from beyond the arc to give CPP a 12-5 lead with 11 minutes left in the half.
The Broncos then went back to struggling to get a shot off against Stanislaus State’s defense.
The Warriors went on a 12-3 run, taking the lead back from the Broncos in the span of four minutes.
Sophomore forward Justin Young ended the run when he dunked the ball with one hand off an assist from Christmas.
Young’s dunk helped the offense get back into a groove.
The Broncos followed Young’s dunk with an 11-0 run to extend the lead to seven with four minutes left in the half.
At the end of the half the Broncos led 25-23.
“We played good defense in the first half, but better in the second half,” senior guard Quentin Taylor said. “We just wanted the limit the other team from scoring the ball tonight.”
In the second half, CPP scored at will and played outstanding defense.
Taylor led the team in scoring with 13 points along with eight rebounds.
“We played good defense in the second half and our offense started to pick up,” said head coach Greg Kamansky.
Last Wednesday, Ogundiran scored 26 points, to go along with five steals and five assists as CPP defeated Bethesda 86-55 in Kellogg Arena.
In the first half, the Broncos scored early on against the Flames scoring a three-pointer from the corner by Ogundiran.
Christmas attacked the basket on hop step layup to give the Broncos a 5-1 lead with 17:42 left in the first half.
The Broncos continued to score at will in the paint.
The team started to run away from the Flames with a 13-1 run in the first eight minutes of the game.
Bethesda started to score after the Broncos huge run, but CPP continued to play strong defense.
Sophomore guard Riley Schaefer scored a jumper that ended the Flames 8-2 run.
Senior guard Daylan Lawrence missed a three-point shot from beyond the arc.
He rebounded his miss and drove into the lane while splitting two defenders for a layup.
With 5:25 left in the half, Ogundiran beat two defenders with a double cross-over and scored to give the team a 25-14 lead.
At the half, the Broncos led 40-24.
In the second half, the Broncos started off sloppy and picked up three early fouls, but were able to keep the lead.
The Broncos ended the game on an 11-2 run.
Men’s basketball is now 1-0 in conference and 3-1 overall.
The Broncos will play a non-conference game against Antelope Valley tomorrow night at Kellogg Arena.
They continue California Collegiate Athletic Association play on Dec.1 against Chico State.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Jordan Ogundiran scored a team-high 26 points in a 86-55 win over Bethesda
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