Redlands native Taylor Bell having tournament to remember

Cal State Stanislaus senior guard Taylor Bell only saw minimal playing time for most of the season. He averaged 4 points, 16 minutes a game for the Warriors, who finished fourth in the tough CCAA.

But the Redlands High School product has come up huge lately for his teammates and coach Larry Reynolds.

Playing close to his home in the NCAA Division II West Regional at Cal State San Bernardino against traditional power Cal Poly Pomona, Bell tossed in a career-high 22 points with five assists in an overtime win. He went 7 of 13 from the field and played 37 minutes, no doubt prospering in place of starting point guard Sam Marcus who struggled.

That came a day after he scored 18 points in 32 minutes in leading the Warriors to an 80-72 quarterfinal win over second-seeded Seattle Pacific, also in overtime.

Coming into the tournament he hadn’t scored in double digits even once this season.

Bell started his collegiate career at Mt. San Jacinto so he had a handful of Foothill Conference games closer to home. But that stage pales in comparison to this one. He has been a key contributor for a team that had never made the postseason before this year and yet is one win away from the Elite Eight.

The Warriors play Chico State on Monday at 7 p.m. in the same venue. Having two out-of-area contenders probably won’t make for a great crowd but the Bell supporters are sure to be out in full force.

 

 

All-CCAA Men’s Basketball Team Unveiled

FIRST TEAM
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Marcus Bell Cal State Stanislaus C 6-9 225 Sr.
Jordan Faison Cal Poly Pomona F 6-7 220 So.
Kirby Gardner Cal State San Bernardino G 6-2 215 Sr.
Lacy Haddock Cal State San Bernardino G 6-3 185 Sr.
David Howard Humboldt State F 6-7 230 Jr.
James McCann UC San Diego G 5-11 165 Sr.
Nefi Perdomo San Francisco State G 6-1 170 Sr.
DeRonn Scott Cal Poly Pomona G 6-6 185 Sr.
Jordan Semple Chico State F 6-7 210 Jr.
Quinton Watkins Cal State L.A. G 6-4 220 Sr.
SECOND TEAM
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Jordan Burris Cal State San Bernardino F 6-7 220 Sr.
Amir Carraway Chico State F 6-6 210 Sr.
Justin Herold Sonoma State F/C 6-8 235 Sr.
Ryan Nitz Cal State Monterey Bay F/C 6-4 182 Jr.
Calvin Otiono San Francisco State G 6-2 185 Sr.
Sean Park Chico State G 6-4 200 Sr.
Rashad Parker Chico State G 6-0 190 Sr.
Chris Read Cal State Stanislaus G 6-4 195 Jr.
James Tillman Cal State L.A. F 6-6 215 Sr.
Andrew Young Cal State San Bernardino F 6-8 240 Sr.

Player of the Year: Lacy Haddock, Cal State San Bernardino
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Read, Cal State Stanislaus
Freshman of the Year: Adam Klie, UC San Diego
Coach of the Year: Jeff Oliver, Cal State San Bernardino

All-CCAA Women’s Basketball Team Announced

FIRST TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Yr.
Katie Batlin, San Francisco St., G, 5-11, Sr.
Jada Blackwell, Cal Poly Pomona, C, 6-1, Jr.
Courtney Hamilton, Chico State, PG, 5-8, Sr.
Monay Lee, CS Dominguez Hills, G, 5-7, So.
Ariel Marsh, Cal Poly Pomona, G, 5-8, R-Jr.
Paige Melville, CS Los Angeles, G, 5-8, Jr.
Jazmine Miller, Chico State, G, 5-7, Sr.
Miranda Seto, UC San Diego, G, 5-5, Jr.
Brianna Terrance, CS East Bay, F, 5-9, Sr.
Kersey Wilcox, Humboldt State, G, 5-6, Jr.

SECOND TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Yr.
Tayler Champion, CS Dominguez Hills, F, 5-11, Jr.
McKenzie Dalthorp, Chico State, F, 6-0, Sr.
Erin Dautremont, UC San Diego, F, 5-10, Sr.
Lauren Godde, CS Stanislaus, F, 6-1, Sr.
Destinee La Foutain, CS Los Angeles, C, 6-2, Sr
Stephanie Lopez, CS East Bay, G, 5-7, Jr.
Ashley Lovett, Cal Poly Pomona, F, 6-0, Jr.
Alexcia Mack, CS San Bernardino, G, 5-5, So.
Danielle Peacon, CS East Bay, C, 6-2, Jr.
Megan Shields, Humboldt State, C, 6-1, Jr.

Player of the Year: Jada Blackwell, Cal Poly Pomona
Newcomer of the Year: Kersey Wilcox, Humboldt State
Freshman of the Year: Ana Burch, CS Stanislaus
Coach of the Year: Danelle Bishop, Cal Poly Pomona

Coyotes’ Andrew Young named CCAA Player of Week

Andrew Young

Cal State San Bernardino senior center Andrew Young has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16.

Young, named for the second time this season, helped the Coyotes to road wins at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.

Friday against the Pioneers Young netted a season-high 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor and seven-for-10 shooting from the free throw line as the No. 17 Coyotes defeated the Pioneers 80-73.

During Saturday’s two-point victory (79-77) over the Otters, Young shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-for-7), while also snagging weekend-highs of eight rebounds and three steals.

On the weekend, the senior post player averaged 24 points and seven rebounds in just 29.5 minutes per game.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 8-10: Gabe Kindred (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 11-17: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Nov. 18-24: Drew Dyer (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Giordano Estrada (Chico State)
Dec. 2-8: James Tillman (Cal State L.A.)
Dec. 9-15: Rashad Parker (Chico State)
Dec. 16-22: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Lacy Haddock (Cal State San Bernardino)
Jan. 6-12: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Jan. 13-19: DeRonn Scott (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Jordan Semple (Chico State)
Feb. 3-9: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Feb. 10-16: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)

Coyotes up to eighth in national poll

Jeff Oliver and crew

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team moved up one spot to eighth in the NABC Top 25 poll.

CSUSB (13-1 overall, 10-0 CCAA) extended its longest winning streak in 10 seasons to 13 games after winning at San Francisco State and Sonoma State last weekend.

The Coyotes are in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive week and have climbed from Nos. 19-14-9 and now No. 8 since making their first appearance this season in the Dec. 31st poll.

West Liberty (W. Va.) retains the top spot in the poll once again for the seventh consecutive week in one of five remaining undefeated teams at the NCAA Division II level.

The Hilltoppers (14-0) are joined in the unbeaten ranks in the poll by No. 2 Florida Southern, No. 4 Tarleton State, No. 6 East Stroudsburg and No. 12 Cal Baptist.  Metro State dropped into the rankings between Florida Southern and Tarleton State at No. 3, while Drury followed Tarleton State at No. 5.  Slots seven-10 are: Bellarmine, CSUSB, Southern Indiana and Lincoln Memorial.

Two other West Region teams appear in this week’s poll. After CSUSB and Cal Baptist, Dixie State is No. 18 and Seattle Pacific at No. 24.

The Coyotes return to Coussoulis Arena this weekend in the final weekend of first-half CCAA play. They take on Cal State L.A. (Friday) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (Saturday).

Coyotes move into national top 10

Lacy Haddock drive vs CSUMB

An 11-game winning streak has propelled the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team into this week’s NABC Division II Coaches poll top 10.

The Coyotes (11-1, 8-0 in CCAA) moved up five places to No. 9. It is the first appearance in the top 10 in six seasons for coach Jeff Oliver’s program and their third consecutive week in the top-25 poll. CSUSB opened at 19th on Dec. 31 and moved to 14th last week.

The last time the Coyotes appeared in the top 10 was Jan. 15, 2008.

CSUSB is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Five West teams are in this week’s poll: the Coyotes, No. 12 Dixie State, No. 18 Cal Baptist, No. 19 Western Washington and No. 25 Chico State.

The Coyotes are on the CCAA road for the first time since Dec. 16 when they take on San Francisco State (7-4, 5-3) on Friday and Sonoma State (1-11, 0-8) on Saturday.

West Liberty and Bellarmine remain one and two, and Florida Southern moved up to third as a result and Metropolitan State, which beat then-No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, rose to fourth. Indiana (Pa.) and Tarleton State also moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively, while Drury, which lost at Bellarmine last Thursday, dropped to seventh.

Cal Poly Pomona received votes but didn’t quite crack the poll.

Cal State women finding a groove

Renee Jimenez

Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your hard work isn’t manifesting itself in the win-loss column. That has been the case with the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team.

But first-year coach Renee Jimenez and her Coyotes had a breakthrough the past weekend, chalking up wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay.

The win over the Otters was an emotional one since that’s the program Jimenez and lead assistant Tina Samaniego directed to prominence in their five years there before moving to SoCal.

Then 24 hours later the Coyotes rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to defeat an East Bay team that started the night tied for first in the competitive  CCAA. A win over a first-place team surely will go a long way to bolster the confidence of a team that was 0-6 in conference and 1-8 overall before the weekend. Now they know they can play with anyone.

Jimenez came was handed the job too late to recruit so this basically is the previous coach’s team. That’s not to say they’re players she wouldn’t want but a new coach always brings new offensive and defensive schemes, practice routines, etc. It takes awhile for players to adjust. But now they appear to be adapting quite nicely.

Jimenez has proven herself to be one of the top coaches in the conference, maybe THE best. She did a lot with a little at Monterey Bay. Now she has resources, a fine facility and a great talent pool in the Inland Empire with which to work.

It will only be a matter of time before the women’s program is on par with that of the men which are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Let’s hope area basketball enthusiasts take note.

 

 

 

 

Coyotes move up three spots

Juan Martinez

For the first time in six seasons, the Coyotes are in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II men’s basketball poll in consecutive weeks.

The Coyotes (9-1, 6-0 CCAA) moved up five positions from 19th to 14th this week by virtue of their wins over previously No. 21-ranked Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend at Coussoulis Arena. The last time CSUSB was ranked in the top 25 in consecutive weeks was in 2007-08 when the Coyotes appeared a full season in the rankings – 14 weeks.

Cal State boasts wins this season over Western Washington and Midwestern State, both of whom were ranked when the Coyotes played them.

The lone loss was to Washburn (Kan.) by four points in the season opener.

CSUSB takes its nine-game winning streak into Friday’s home game against Cal State Monterey Bay. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

Former Cal Poly Pomona hoopster an All-Star overseas

Larry Gordon

Former Montclair High School and Cal Poly Pomona basketball standout Lary Gordon has been selected to the German BBL all-Star team.

The All-Star game will be held on Jan. 18 in Bonn, Germany. Gordon will be busy at the event as he’ll be a participant in the Slam Dunk and Three-Point Competitions before competing in the actual game.

Gordon has been playing professionally for five years. He is in his second season with Phoenix Hagen, the highest level team in Germany. He leads the league in rebounding (7.6 pg) and ranks sixth in scoring.

Gordon was one of the most decorated student-athletes, having played for the Broncos from 2005 through 2009. During that time, he tallied more than 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 125 steals and 45 blocks. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and was a four-time All-CCAA performer.

To top things off, Gordon was named a 2009 All-American after leading the Broncos to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. A West Covina native, Gordon trains at CPP’s Kellogg Gym during the summer months.

 

Cal State men’s basketball team leaps into national poll

Gardner_UCLA

Cal State San Bernardino’s back to back wins over nationally-ranked teams last month paid off in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II men’s basketball rankings.

 The Coyotes (7-1 overall) are in the top-25 poll for the first time this season at No. 19. They enter the 2014 portion of the season Friday night against No. 21 Chico State (7-1, 3-1 CCAA) on a seven-game winning streak and a perfect 4-0 slate in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

 Friday night’s contest against the nationally-ranked Wildcats marks the first time in nearly six seasons in which the Coyotes have played a game featuring two ranked teams. The last time that took place was Jan. 22, 2008, in San Bernardino when the 18th-ranked Coyotes defeated No. 17 Humboldt State 82-73.

 The Coyotes ended the month of December with a 99-91 win over then-No. 5 Western Washington and an 85-65 win over No. 19 Midwestern State.

 West Liberty (W. Va) is the country’s top-ranked team at 8-0.

 The West Region features four other teams in the poll – No. 7 Dixie State, No. 11 Seattle Pacific, No. 15 Western Washington and No. 23 Alaska-Anchorage.