The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos are headed to Springfield once again!
The Broncos earned their fourth Elite Eight appearance in the last eight years wtih a 78-75 win over Brigham Young-Hawaii in the West Region final on Monday at Western Washington University. The Broncos are now 8-0 at WWU over the course of three regional tournaments there. Pretty amazing!
It makes 18 wins in the last 19 games for Coach Greg Kamansky’s team.
The Broncos came out hot in the first half and hit a bunch of 3′s. Mark Rutledge had three in a 17-3 run that boosted the Broncos to a 26-14 lead. BYU never adjusted and the Broncos kept firing bombs.They hit 10-of-18 tries with Donnelle Booker also hitting three and he had just six all season coming in.
CPP beat BYU in the regional final last year at Hawaii so one would think they might be a little fired up. But the Seasiders looked flat, especially early. Their effort was disjointed and they didn’t really seem invested in the game.Hard to believe given the importance of the game.
Cal Poly was the better prepared and better coached team. Spectators and tournament personnel were all impressed with the Broncos poise and the way they executed their games plans against what seemed like more talented teams.
Austin Swift had another 19 points, giving him 59 in the three tournament games. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. He was the easy choice as tournament MVP. Dwyane Fells and Booker also made the all-tournament team. Booker has taken his game to another in the last six weeks.