The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos must have embarrassed by their performance on Friday against Montana State Billings because they came out 24 hours later like they had a point to prove.
The Broncos followed up that abysmal performance with an 80-58 win over Simon Fraser on Saturday at Grand Canyon University. They were far from perfect but they played hard and it was a much-improved showing.
To put the win in perspective, San Francisco State also played Simon Fraser earlier this season. The Gators have traditionally been a middle tier team in the CCAA and they beat Simon Fraser 95-50. So the Broncos needed to win. And win big.
The Broncos (2-5) still have yet to beat a team with a winning record. But they did maintain one streak and hold yet another opponent to under 60 points which they have done in every game thus far.
Dwayne Fells continued his stellar play with 20 point, eight rebounds and two blocks. Kevin Menner also had 20 and Mitchel Anderson 17.
This team’s biggest weakness is the lack of a true point guard. The Clan applied some defensive pressure early and when it did the Broncos had trouble getting the ball up court at times. Terrence Drisdom is that but he is a true freshman and needs time to develop before being thrown into the mix as a starter.
The Broncos also need their seniors to step up as leaders. Donnelle Booker should be that guy. He has been a starter since his freshman year and been through more key games than any other player on the roster.
If those two factors are addressed there is no reason the Broncos can’t be in the mix again. But the CCAA is tough from top to bottom. There are no breathers.