The Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball teams both suffered stunning losses on Sunday. It is hard deciding which it worse.
The Broncos lost to Chico State 72-70 overtime – the bad part is that they blew an 18-point lead and they were still up by 14 with four minutes left. But they lost to what looks like a solid team.
The Coyotes lost to Cal State Stanislaus 70-68. Two chippies in the last seconds didn’t go down. They got a third try and it was off the mark too. Coach Jeff Oliver said much of the problem was his team not getting up for Stanislaus. Hopefully the Coyotes have learned about the consequences of overlooking an opponent.
Cal State lost to a perennial conference doormat. That too is hard to stomach.
So teams have hardly broken a sweat. The Coyotes and Broncos have played four games. A couple of others have played six. But there are no unbeaten teams left. The CCAA will be a dogfight all the way.
That might not bode well for the locals because both have tough stretch runs. Cal Poly plays nine of its last 13 on the road. For Cal State it’s eight of 13 on the road to end. So they can’t afford a lot of losses early.
Both need to get back on the beam this weekend against Humboldt State and Sonoma State on their home floors. Humboldt will be the biggest test. Stay tuned!