By Dennis Erturk
Men’s basketball defeated the University of Antelope Valley with 64-40 last Wednesday.
Senior guard Jeff Nibo had a big game for the Broncos, finishing with 18 points, two steals and an assist in 23 minutes.
Junior guard Jordan Ogundiran finished with 14 points, five assists and a steal while sophomore guard William Christmas contributed with 13 points and two assists.
The game was not part of California Collegiate Athletic Association league play, as the Broncos resume CCAA play this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Chico State.
“Yeah, Chico. They are a good team so we’re going to need everybody at that game,” Nibo said.
Early on in the season, the Broncos have a 4-1 record overall and 1-0 in league play and stand second in the CCAA standings behind Cal State Los Angeles.
“Coach (Kamansky) has built a culture here of playing defense, playing hard and playing gritty. We just got to keep focusing on defense and everything else will follow,” Christmas said.
The Broncos trailed the Pioneers 11-4 eight minutes into the first half.
CPP went on a run of its own, finishing the first half leading 33-20.
In the second half, the Broncos never looked back.
Forcing turnovers, running the fast break and the defense that Kamansky wants his team to play were some keys to the victory.
The box score showed similar stats between the two teams in rebounds and turnovers, but the Broncos pulled away by being the more efficient shooting team.
For the game, Antelope Valley shot 26.2 percent from the field compared to CPP’s 44.6 percent.
Trailing by eight at the half, Antelope Valley shot just 4-for-24 from the field in the second half as the Broncos pulled away.
Cal Poly Pomona took advantage from beyond the arc shooting 31.6 percent from three compared to 14.3 by the Pioneers.
“It’s more of the same this year in terms of personnel. We don’t have a lot of big guys in the paint but we’re confident in our ability with the small ball,” Kamansky said.
“We’re not the biggest team, but we are still locking down our defense which is being stingier, but we got to improve our offense if we want to beat these good teams.”
CPP begins a three-game CCAA home stand on Friday and Saturday against Chico State and Humboldt State.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Sophomore guard Nikhil Peters is averaging 5.3 points per game this season
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