SBVC’s Brewer named Coach of the Year

First-year San Bernardino Valley College coach Quincy Brewer led his team to a Foothill Conference championship. That accomplishment was recognized by his peers as Brewer was named Coach of the Year.

Brewer took a team with 12 newcomers and led it to a 25-8 record, despite playing in what is the strongest conference in the state. Five teams are competing in the playoffs with the Wolverines opening play at home on Saturday.

Mt. San Jacinto sophomore point guard Melvin Goins was named Player of the Year. He averaged 17.1 points in leading the Eagles to a second-place showing.

SBVC had three first team selections – forward Orlando Brazier, point guard Nate Roth and forward Maurice McGee. It also had two honorable mentions in warren Fuselier, the lone sophomore on the team, and freshman forward Aaron Edwards.

Chaffey, third in the conference, placed Winston sophomores Winston Robinson and Nick Turner and first team and Anthony Cammon and Lamar Williams on second team.

The first team also included sophomore Dwight Gordon of Victor Valley. The Los Osos High School product led the conference in scoring (21.3 ppg) and helped the Rams qualify for the playoffs for the first time in at least a decade.

Player of the Year – Melvin Goins, Mt. San Jacinto

Coach of the Year – Quincy Brewer, SBVC

Other first team selections – Dwight Gordon, Victor Valley, So.; Orlando Brazier, San Bernardino Valley, Fr.; Nate Roth, San Bernardino Valley, Fr.; Mark Williams, Mt. San Jacinto, So.; Jeffrey West, Mt. San Jacinto, Fr.; Winston Robinson, Chaffey, So.; Nick Turner, Chaffey, So.; Rod Singleton, Antelope Valley, Fr.; Maurice McGee, San Bernardino Valley, Fr.; Maurice Cole, Rio Hondo, Fr.; Kyisean Reed, Antelope Valley Fr.;

Honorable Mention

Galander Abdelrahman, Barstow, Fr.; Warren Fuselier, San Bernardino Valley, So.; Aaron Edwards, San Bernardino Valley, Fr.; Darryl Alexander, Rio Hondo Fr.; Dusty Simcox, Rio Hondo, So.; Curtis Bush, Mt. San Jacinto, So.; Terrance Williams, Mt. San Jacinto, Fr.; Anthony Cammon, Chaffey, Fr.; Lamar Williams, Chaffey, So.; Jerome Moton, Antelope Valley. So.; Raymond Cody, Antelope Valley, So.; Deanard Crouch, Victor Valley, So.; Tory Dudgeon, Victor Valley, So.; Andrew Avalos, Desert, So.; Patrick Rochell, Desert, So.

College basketball pairings announced

The community college basketball pairings have just been announced and both draw include several locals squads.

Five teams from the Foothill Conference have advanced on the men’s side led by San Bernardino Valley College, the No. 3 seed in the South. The Wolverines will host a game on Saturday but don’t know their opponent. They will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Cuesta and West Los Angeles.

Chaffey is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Bakersfield Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 16 Victor Valley, which hasn’t been to the playoffs in who know when, will host No. 18 Long Beach City on Wednesday. The seeding make it look like a close game but Victor has played a tough schedule and Long Beach has not. This is a chance for the Rams to acutally win a playoff game.

In women’s play Chaffey will travel to Pasadena and SBVC will got to Palomar.

Foothill Conference coaches keeping mum

The Foothill Conference basketball coaches met Sunday at San Bernardino Valley College to decide on postseason accolades – Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, the first-team, etc.

Well the women’s coaches were fine discussing the outcome afterward. But the men’s coaches made a pact to keep mum on the results until after the playoffs are completed. It seems some are worried that individual honors will get in the way and disrupt team chemistry. That’s ridiculous. This is college we’re talking about and one would think that shouldn’t be an issue.

Chaffey coach Jeff Klein said it wasn’t as much of an issue with his team because it is clear who is the best player and even the second best player. But he went along with the wishes of his colleagues.

SBVC coach Quincy Brewer agreed with his peers, saying there are reasons these players are at a junior college. Maturity is indeed the issue more often than not.

The Wolverines, who won the conference, might be one of those teams most affected because they have a lot of balance with no one player being the definite star. Different players had good games against different teams.

Antelope Valley was similar in that way.

So stay tuned!

Wild Bunch should take a cue from other college bands

Pep bands can add a lot to the atmosphere of a college basketball game. Cal Poly Pomona has one. So does Cal State San Bernardino. But two of the better ones are at rivals UC San Diego and Humboldt State.

Give the Humboldt State folks some credit. The Marching Lumberjacks follow their team everywhere. It’s one thing to hit the road for a game in commuter distance. But the group was in Southern California over the weekend for the games against the two area teams.

Yes that band can be be a bit annoying . . like when it started playing during a timeout at Coussoulis Arena Friday night even when music had already started and the home cheerleaders were performing. But at least it cares and is passionate.

I’m guessing they’re not all students either. Several look closer to 30 years old than 20.

But Cal State San Bernardino’s so-called “Wild Bunch” only shows up when it is getting paid. You read that right – getting paid. It didn’t matter that the game against Humboldt had huge signficance and that opponent has emerged as a huge rival for Coach Jeff Oliver’s Coyotes. The Wild Bunch was a no show.

The state university system has enough budget problems. It shouldn’t have to compensate a pep band.

The Cal Poly pep band also travels within reason. It’s group typically goes to San Diego and San Bernardino. The Bronco band even takes part in a little battle of the bands. When it was in San Diego two weeks ago it took the court after the game and traded turns with the Triton folk so long school officials turned the lights out to encourage their departure.

Broncos upend Humboldt State

By Michelle Gardner
Staff Writer

POMONA – The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos were hoping to send their
four seniors off in grand fashion. They did just that upending
visiting Humboldt State 68-59 Saturday at Kellogg Gymnasium.

It was the Broncos eighth straight win and gave coach Greg
Kamansky his 100th on his home floor in 118 tries. It also kept Cal
Poly tied for second in the CCAA with Cal State San Bernardino, one
game behind Dominguez Hills.

“It was ugly but effective,” Kamansky said. “We’ll take it. It
was pretty physical and we got a lot of guys banged up but we might
as well learn how to play like that because when you get to the
playoffs they tend to let things go.”

The contest pitted two top-notch CCAA foes battling for position
in the West Region poll which determines the eight postseason
qualifiers. The Broncos (17-6, 13-5) started the week fourth while
the Lumberjacks (19-9, 12-6) were sixth so the win is big for Cal
Poly’s postseason hopes.

“It was our last game against a ranked foe and that mean a lot,”
Kamansky added. “We still have to go on the road for the last two
but winning this puts us in good shape if we can take care of
business the last weekend.”

Junior wing Austin Swift scored a team-high 16 points and snagged
eight rebounds. Walter Thompson, one of four seniors playing their
last home game, added 15 points, including a big 3-pointer late in
the game. Larry Gordon was held to nine but grabbed his usual 11
rebounds and had three steals.

The pivotal run came with the Broncos nursing a 43-41 lead and 7:49
to go. Cal Poly tallied the next six points, aided by two Humboldt
turnovers. A putback by Gordon off a miss by Swift made it 49-41.

Again the Lumberjacks came back via the long ball with a trey by
Zac Teidman getting the visitors closer at 49-44 with 4:26 to play.

But the Broncos answered with another, this one giving them
breathing room for good. Dwayne Fells scored on a putback and the
Broncos got a chance to add to their lead when the Lumberjacks Kyle
Baxter missed two free throws.

Seconds later Thompson drained a 3-pointer with 2:43 left to put
the Broncos up 54-44. The home team was never really threatened again.

The Broncos shot 45.2 percent and finished the game off at the
free-throw line. They made 27 of 34 tries for the game, many of those
coming late with Humboldt trying to stop the clock.

The Broncos got off to a quick start and led 12-2 five minutes
into the game. But the Lumberjacks struck back via the long ball
getting three 3-pointers in the span of 70 seconds, two of them by
Kevin Atkins, getting with one at 12-11.

The first half was later tied at 26 with 4:25 to go but the
Lumberjacks reeled off the last five points of the half and led 31-26
at the break.

The Lumberjacks tallied 19 turnovers, one night after totaling 23
in an overtime loss at Cal State San Bernardino.

The Broncos finish the season on the road, traveling to San
Francisco State on Thursday and Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday.

Cal State men outscore Sonoma

CAL STATE SB 92

SONOMA STATE 83

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team finished off its home slate in fine fashion, turning back Sonoma State 92-83 Saturday at Coussoulis Arena.

The win keeps the Coyotes (15-9, 13-5) in second place, tied with Cal Poly Pomona, one game behind Dominguez Hills with two left to play.

Again it was the 1-2 punch of Devin Montgomery and Brandon Brown doing the damage. Montgomery tied a season-high with 29 points while Brown contributed 25. Montgomery also had five rebounds and five assists.

Three other players finished with nine points.

The Coyotes shot 56.9 percent from the field while Sonoma managed a respectable 52.9. Cal State totaled 18 assists and made just 11 turnovers.

The Coyotes finish the season on the road Thursday and Friday against Monterey Bay and San Francisco State.

Coyotes catch a break

So the folks from Humboldt State are crying the blues today. Seems they think their team got the short end of the stick in the closing seconds of Friday’s 86-84 loss at Cal State San Bernardino.

The contest came down to the last possession in overtime with the Coyotes clinging to a two-point lead. The Lumberjacks Kyle Baxter drove the lane and put up a runner that went in at the buzzer only to be called back when one referee called charging.

Game over.

I actually didn’t have a good angle on the play and my view was obscured by some Humboldt players. And I was half-typing and half watching with deadline looming and visions of double overtime dancing in my head.

In talking to other impartial observers courtside, the question wasn’t whether or not a charging foul should have been called, but whether or not Baxter got the shot off in time. One who had a good angle from one end of the scorer’s table said the red light was on when the ball was just leaving Baxter’s hand. In that case, the shot shouldn’t have counted any way.

It is all a bit ironic because two years ago the Lumberjacks won the conference title by a game over the Coyotes who should have had a share of the title.

It came down to a game the Jacks won at home against Dominguez Hills on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Grayson Moyer that was ruled good. The funny part was that a picture published in the newspapers that covers the team had a great photo of Moyer going up for the shot. The ball is still in Moyer’s hand and the light at the basket at the other end behind him was red.

Clear evidence of a blown call. And Humboldt seems to have had its share of calls in its favor. So maybe they all even out.

If the Lumberjacks didn’t have 23 turnovers it wouldn’t have come down to that.

If the Coyotes could make free throws (24 for 43), it wouldn’t have come down to that.

Whether the call was right or wrong, the common thought seems to be that the quality of officiating has worsened this season.

Credit the Lumberjacks for taking the call in stride. As players were milling on the court after their postgame talk, one observer offered some words of consolation to big man Owen Newman who had fouled out late in regulation with six points and five rebounds.

“If I worried about every bad call an official made on me, I wouldn’t be a very happy person,” he said.

It was a refreshing take from a player after a tough loss.

Broncos surge past Sonoma State

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team rode the strength of inside play from sophomore Tobias Jahn and the Broncos earned a 59-41 victory over Sonoma State before a crowd of 609 at Kellogg Gym on Friday night.

 

                The victory was CPP’s seventh straight, its best winning streak since the 2006-07 season when it won eight in a row. The Broncos are 16-6 overall and 12-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Sonoma State, which entered play with a four-game winning streak, is 11-13, 7-10.

                Jahn hit 5-of-7 from inside the paint in the first half as the Broncos took a 28-17 halftime lead. Senior Larry Gordon added nine points in the opening 20 minutes and freshman Dwayne Fells added seven.

The Broncos began the second half solid defensively as Sonoma State went scoreless until Ben Washington hit a layup with 12:04 remaining and CPP led 32-19.

Cal Poly Pomona held leads as large as 20 on three separate occasions to post the comfortable win.

The only question was if CPP could hold an opponent to less than 40 points for the second straight night and third time this season. Prior to this season, CPP had held an opponent to less than 40 only seven times since the school began its recorded history with the 1961-62 season.

Steven Pratt hit a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to lift Sonoma State above the 40-point mark.

Leading the way for the Broncos was Gordon, who finished with a game-high 15 points with seven rebounds. Jahn finished with 12 points – his only points of the second half came on a breakaway slam dunk. He also had nine rebounds. Seven players played at least 20 minutes.

The Broncos, who are ranked fourth in this week’s NCAA West Region poll, take on No. 5 Humboldt State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

CAL POLY POMONA 59, SONOMA STATE 41

 

SONOMA STATE (11-13, 7-10 CCAA)

PRATT, Steven 4-9 1-2 10; NELSON, Mike 2-5 0-0 6; WASHINGTON, Ben 3-4 0-0 6;

SANDOVAL, James 3-4 0-1 6; SHANDERA, Kyle 2-5 0-2 4; LINK, Gerred 1-4 0-0 3;

WRIGHT, Duane 1-4 1-2 3; GARNER, Keith 1-4 0-0 2; CALLEGARI, Stephen 0-0 1-2

1; HARRISON, Curtis 0-4 0-0 0; McROBERTS, Casey 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 3-9

41.

CAL POLY POMONA (16-6, 12-5 CCAA)

GORDON, Larry 6-11 2-3 15; JAHN, Tobias 6-9 0-0 12; NASSER, Dahir 2-6 3-4 8;

FELLS, Dwayne 3-6 1-2 7; SWIFT, Austin 1-3 3-5 5; SUMMERS, Robert 2-6 1-3 5;

THOMPSON, Walter 1-5 2-2 4; MIYASAKA, Jimmy 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 22-49 12-19

59.

Sonoma State………………   17   24  -   41

Cal Poly Pomona……………   28   31  -   59

3-point goals–Sonoma State 4-15 (NELSON, Mike 2-4; LINK, Gerred 1-3; PRATT,

Steven 1-3; McROBERTS, Casey 0-5), Cal Poly Pomona 3-11 (MIYASAKA, Jimmy

1-2; NASSER, Dahir 1-2; GORDON, Larry 1-3; SWIFT, Austin 0-1; SUMMERS,

Robert 0-1; THOMPSON, Walter 0-2). Fouled out–Sonoma State-None, Cal Poly

Pomona-None. Rebounds–Sonoma State 30 (PRATT, Steven 6), Cal Poly Pomona 37

(JAHN, Tobias 9). Assists–Sonoma State 8 (NELSON, Mike 2; PRATT, Steven 2),

Cal Poly Pomona 16 (NASSER, Dahir 4; SWIFT, Austin 4). Total fouls–Sonoma

State 17, Cal Poly Pomona 13. Technical fouls–Sonoma State-None, Cal Poly

Pomona-None. A-609

 

Humboldt women surge past Cal State

Humboldt State took a big early lead, let it slip away and then put on the jets midway through the second half Friday night to pull away from Cal State San Bernardino for a 69-51 CCAA conference women’s basketball victory in Coussoulis Arena.

 

            The Lumberjacks improved to 18-6 on the season and 13-4 in the CCAA to remain in second place. The West Region No. 5-ranked ‘Jacks were led by Brittney Taylor with 16 points and six rebounds. Andrea Bobic contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

            It was the fifth straight win for HSU and their ninth in their last 10 games.

            Katie Franci had another all around game with nine points, six assists and a team-high seven rebounds for Humboldt State. Trisha Alaba had five assists to go with six points.           

            The Coyotes, coming off back-to-back wins over regionally-ranked UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona, dipped to 9-14 on the season and 7-10 in the CCAA. CSUSB was led by junior Krystal Urzua with 16 points and four steals. Jaclyn Rainville and Artaisha Waters each had eight points. Rainville led the team in rebounding with eight.

            HSU shot 45 percent from the field (27 of 60) and  outrebounded the Coyotes 41-37, forcing 16 turnovers. CSUSB had a miserable night from the field, shooting just 24 percent (12 of 50) but the CCAA’s worst free throw shooting team (60%) came through at the foul line, sinking 22 of 29 (76 percent), factor that kept them in the game until the final minutes.

            The ‘Jacks bolted to a 22-9 lead with 11:30 left in the first half and led 31-15 with 7:44 to go before intermission, but the Coyotes went on a 10-0 run to close the gap to six (31-25) on a three-pointer by Urzua and a free throw by Emily Vore.

            The Coyotes actually caught HSU and took the lead 35-34 at the 18:07 mark of the second half on a layup by Vore and Urzua sank a free throw at 15:26 for a 36-34 lead.

            Paige Peterson hit a jumper to tie it at 36-all with 14:51 to go and then HSU went on to score the next 11 points for a 47-36 edge a Taylor’s layup with 10:25 left. Alaba’s three-pointer with 7:31 left booted the lead to 55-39 and the Coyotes never got closer than 13 points after that.

            CSUSB will host Sonoma State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday while HSU is at Cal Poly Pomona for a battle of regionally-ranked teams.

 

Coyotes hold off Humboldt in overtime

By Michelle Gardner
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO – This season nothing has come easy for the Cal
State San Bernardino men’s basketball team. So it probably isn’t
surprising that the Coyotes lost a nine-point lead late and needed
overtime before prevailing 86-84 over visiting Humboldt State Friday
at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes (14-9, 12-5) came in desperate for a win after losing
its last two games and falling out of the West Region poll. The win
move puts the Coyotes in second place in the CCAA with three games to
go but they still have to get back into the regional rankings.

“We were desperate and we’re still desperate,” Coyotes coach Jeff
Oliver said. “It’s still the little things. If we make a free throw
it doesn’t come down to that.”

The Coyotes led 86-81 with just 20 seconds left but that lead was
not safe. The Jacks (19-8, 12-5) got a 3-pointer from Zac Tiedman
with seven second left to draw closer 86-84. Brown was then fouled
immediately and he missed both free throws, giving the Jacks life
because they got the loose ball.

The visitors rushed up court and got the ball into the hands of
Kyle Baxter who drove the lane and laid it in as time expired. But
the game-tying basket was waved off as Baxter was called for charging.

The Coyotes went 24-for-43 at the line, their third straight
sub-par showing from there. They missed several other tries late that
prevented them from putting the game away.

Brown, who scored 29 points but went only 5 for 13 from the
stripe, also missed two with the Coyotes up 83-77 in overtime as
well as two in regulation with the game even at 69 and a minute left.

The Coyotes went ahead 72-69 as Lawrence Tyson drained a
3-pointer from the corner with 30 seconds left. But that lead too was
shortlived as the Lumberjacks came back with Ernie Spada countering
with a trey over the outstretched arms of Tim Denson to even the
score again, this time at 72 with 12 seconds remaining.

“We didn’t make it a point of telling them to no three’s,”
Oliver said of the play. “We were assuming they knew it but it was
bad to give that up.”

The Coyotes had the last shot but couldn’t capitalize as Denson
turned the ball over without the home team getting a shot off,
returning possession to the Jacks with five seconds to play. Spada
again went for the last shot but his shot was short and off the front
of the rim, sending the game into overtime.

Brown also had 12 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two
assists. Devin Montgomery added 25, four off his season-high. Denson
collected six assists as the Coyotes shot 45.2 percent from the field.

Kevin Atkins had a team-high 23 for Humboldt, ranked sixth in the
West Region. Tiedman added 18 and Spada 13. The Jacks shpot 44.8
percent from the field buit were a sparkling 23 of 27 from the line.

“They did a great job in the first half and we didn’t match their energy or intensity,” Oliver said.

The Coyotes will play their last home game of the regular season at
7:30 tonight against Sonoma State (11-13, 7-10). They finish with
road games at San Francisco State and Monterey Bay.