The college basketball season has come and gone and neither local team lived up to expectations.
Cal Poly Pomona was picked to finish second and ended up eighth, barely making the conference tournament which leaves out just three of 11 schools. The Broncos came close to pulling off a miracle, advancing all the way to the conference tournament final, helped by the fact that the first four seeds lost their quarterfinal games.
Team chemistry seemed to be an issue all season. That is one of those intangibles you don’t think makes much of a difference until you don’t have it. The Broncos rival, Cal State San Bernardino, found that out a couple of years ago.
But coach Greg Kamansky does an admirable job with limited resources and will have his team back in the hunt next year.
The Coyotes did come away with a share of the conference title along with Humboldt State. But it seems like a team that was capable of more. Maybe everyone got a little too excited after such a great start. The Coyotes shouldn’t have had to settle for a share of first. It’s hard to explain a loss to last-place Chico State at home which came when the Wildcats had lost 11 straight games and were 0-9 on the road.
They also had two losses – one to the Broncos and one to Monterey Bay – which came because they couldn’t make a free throw.
The Coyotes had a successful season by most standards but they have raised the bar to where more is expected than what was delivered.