Coyotes, Broncos looking to bounce back

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!



Redlands player singled out

University of Redlands senior offensive lineman Travis McBride has been named to the All-America Third Team for his contributions during the 2009 season.
On the heels of his Second-Team All-West Region nod, McBride gains his first All-America honor of his career. 
In 2009, this three-year starter led a Redlands offensive line that surrendered just 11 sacks in 352 pass attempts while helping the Bulldogs rack up 3,912 yards of total offense.

  He has not personally given up a sack in the past two seasons. 


This year McBride served as a co-captain during the team’s 7-2 season that included a third-place mark of 4-2 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action.  He also landed on the All-SCIAC First Team, following his spot on the Second Team in 2008.

Chaffey, SBVC tune up with tournament wins

The Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley men’s basketball teams both look primed and ready for Foothill Conference play which starts Wednesday.

The local teams were both impressive in tournaments last week with the Panthers (9-4) winning the Cougar Classic at College of the Canyons and the Wolverines (11-2) besting the competition at Imperial Valley.

The Foothill Conference is esily the best conference in the state. Last year it qualified five teams for the playoffs and all five win at least a game, with SBVC advancing all the way to the Elite Eight where it lost in triple overtime

Competition should every bit as intense this year.

SBVC may have more depth than any other team in the state. It has interchangeable parts – multiple perimeter threats, multiple ball-handlers, multiple big men. And it has big game experience. Maybe it has TOO many players because some times individual agendas get in the way.

The Panthers are playing the same style they always play – always up-tempo, always entertaining. Sophomores Matthew Wallace and Anthony Cammon have been the stellar performers thus far.

Both begin conference play at home. Chaffey will host much–improved Barstow and SBVC will entertain Antelope Valley, a team it beat 71-70 in tournament play earlier. Both will tip off at 7 p.m., or immediately after women’s games which get underway at  5 p.m.

Coyotes, Broncos brace for early starts

The Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona basketball teams swing back into action this weekend and it will be a tough go for both. The Coyotes will be at Chico State first, then make the three-hour trek to Cal State Stanislaus.

The Broncos will play the teams in reverse order.

First, the teams are playing Saturday and Sunday instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday because New Year’s Day falls on Friday.

Second, game times are 12:30 p.m. for the women and 2:30 p.m. for the men both days – a drastic change from the 5:30 and 7:30 game times.

The times aren’t because of the holiday but because both teams need to get flights out of Northern California Sunday night so the athletes can all be back in class for the start of the new quarter on Monday. If they were playing the second game on Saturday, the time wouldn’t be an issue because teams could travel on Sunday.

It is one of the tougher road trips in the conference with those opponents both being pretty good at home. So all things considered, a team that comes away 2-0 should be commended.