Coyotes get set for basketball doubleheader

The Cal State San Bernardino basketball teams each have one more test before they swing back into CCAA play and those will come Tuesday night as the men host Vanguard at 7:30 p.m. The women’s game against St. Martin’s (Wash.) will kick things off at 5:30 p.m.

The Coyotes now have their entire team eligible and they need a good, steady effort to take some momentum into the break.

This team plays hard. It hustles from start to finish. Players dive for loose balls, crash the boards for rebounds. Play isn’t always pretty or perfectly executed but these young men seem to work well as a team instead of as individual players with their own agendas. That will go a long way.

That has made the first couple of months all the more enjoyable for coach Jeff Oliver and associate head coach Paul Trevor. Last year was the polar opposite.

Point guard Corey Gaston is every bit as exciting as teammate Bryan LeDuc made him out to be even before the first game started. He was a little erratic in his first game but he had to be a little nervous. He will be better this time around.

LeDuc has been stellar, ranking in the top 10 in the CCAA in scoring rebounding and free-throw shooting.

The Coyotes have all the parts to make a run similar to the one made by local rival Cal Poly Pomona last spring. Only time will tell though.