Men take aim at CCAA league title

By Daniel Flores

Last year did not go as planned, as basketball went 12-13 overall and lost in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.

CPP won nine of its last 11 games last season.

According to a CCAA coaches’ poll, Cal Poly Pomona is projected to finish fourth in the CCAA standings.

They received one first-place vote.

“Coaches poll doesn’t matter, we just have to go out and play,” fifth-year senior guard Quentin Taylor. “But of course we want to finish first in the CCAA.”

Taylor averaged 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, in the 2015-2016 season, redshirting last year.

“We are not going to settle this year. We just need to keep fighting, stay resilient and stay together as a team,” junior guard Jordan Ogundiran said. “We need to keep the momentum that we built from last year’s winning streak.”

Ogundrian averaged 12.3 points, 2.8 assists and shot 37.3 percent from three last season with the Broncos.

Ogundrian talked about needing to “improve overall” and really focus on “bringing energy and effort.”

His backcourt teammate Taylor said his main focuses this season are to “become a better leader and help his teammates get more involved.”

Still, Ogundrian and Taylor are not the only players looking to make an impact this season.

Including Ogundrian, the Broncos have five returning players in their starting lineup, including: sophomore guard William Christmas, senior guard Daylan Lawrence and sophomore forward Justin Young.

The Broncos added three players this offseason, including one player from Europe, freshman forward Finn Eckhardt.

Eckhardt, a seven-foot forward, averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in high school.

“We are excited to have Finn join our program,” head coach Greg Kamansky said in a statement. “He is a forward that will bring a unique set of skills to our team, which should have a tremendous impact on our program in the years ahead. He has a bright future at CPP and will represent our program well both on and off the court.”

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Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

A CCAA coaches’ poll projects Cal Poly Pomona to finish fourth this season

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