Broncos get national preseason ranking

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team, coming off an appearance in the NCAA national championship game a year ago, is ranked No. 4 in the 2009-10 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 poll that was released this week.

The ranking comes a day after the Broncos received a No. 9 ranking by The Sporting News.

Cal Poly Pomona, which finished last season 25-8 and played for the national title in Springfield, Mass., earned its first preseason ranking since opening the 2005-06 season No. 15 (NABC) and 13th (Division II Bulletin).

Cal Poly Pomona, tied Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Dominguez Hills for the regular-season California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title last season.

The Broncos are led by first team All-CCAA senior guard Austin Swift and second team All-CCAA junior forward Tobias Jahn.

BYU-Hawaii, which concluded the 2008-09 season with a 27-2 record and return two All-Americans, is ranked No. 1 in the poll. Findlay is No. 2 and is followed by Soutwest Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona and Bellarmine, which rounds out the Top 5.

San Francisco State will be the first CCAA team to get its 2009-10 season underway when it takes part in the Disney Tip-Off West Coast Classic that begins Oct. 30 in Anaheim.

2009-10 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 Poll

1. BYU-Hawaii
2. Findlay
3. Southwest Baptist
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Bellarmine
6. Tusculum
7. Merrimack
8. Augusta State
9. Florida Southern
10. Bentley
11. Valdosta State
12. Southwest Minnesota
13. Metro State
14. Central Missouri
15. Winona State
16. Kutztown
17. Central Oklahoma
18. Grand Valley State
19. Philadelphia
20. Northern Kentucky
21. Delta State
22. Rollins
23. J.C. Smith
24. West Virginia State
25. Incarnate Word

CCAA 2008-2009 Year in Review

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the nation’s premier Division II conference, enjoyed a banner-filled 2008-09 athletics season.

The 11-institution CCAA, comprised of 10 California State University programs and one from the University of California system, compiled a cumulative record of 1,344-1,146-61 (.539) in eight sports, played in three national championship games and won two national titles.

The Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s soccer team captured its second men’s soccer national championship while Sonoma State won its first-ever men’s golf national title. The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team and Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball finished as national runner-up in their respective sports.

Additionally, the Cal State San Bernardino men’s golf team tied for first at the NCAA Championships before losing in a playoff to Sonoma State.

A total of six teams – Cal State Dominguez Hills (men’s soccer), Cal State San Bernardino (women’s volleyball), Chico State (men’s and women’s cross country), Cal Poly Pomona (men’s basketball) and UC San Diego (baseball)  - captured West Regional Championships.

The two national championships marked the first time CCAA member institutions have captured multiple titles in the same academic year in conference-sponsored sports since 2002-03 when Sonoma State and UC Davis claimed Division II championships in men’s soccer and softball, respectively.

This year’s national championships brought the CCAA’s total to 148, tops among all NCAA Division II conferences. Sonoma State’s title in men’s golf marked the CCAA’s 100th men’s national championship.

The CCAA was well represented in postseason play as 61 teams participated in the NCAA Championships, competing in either regional or national championship play.
A total of 21 CCAA teams finished the year ranked in the national Top 25 of their respective sports’ polls, including 10 that garnered Top 10 rankings.

The 2008-09 athletics season was also a successful one for a number of individuals as CCAA student-athletes won a total of five individual national championships. Scott Bauhs (Chico State, men’s cross country), Christine Merrill (UC San Diego, women’s 400 meter hurdles), Linda Rainwater (UC San Diego, women’s high jump), Danielle Thu (UC San Diego, women’s hammer throw) and Kasey Burlingham (Cal State Stanislaus, men’s pole vault) were best in their respective events.

Individually, three student-athletes – Scott Bauhs (Chico State, men’s cross country), Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills, men’s soccer) and Vance Albitz (UC San Diego, baseball) were named national players of the year. Albitz was selected the ABCA/Rawlings National Defensive Player of the Year. Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Joe Flanagan (men’s soccer), Cal State San Bernardino’s Kim Cherniss (women’s volleyball) and UC San Diego’s Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego were selected National Coach of the Year.

Additionally, 67 players were honored with All-American recognition, while five student-athletes garnered Academic All-American recognition, including Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball player Jon Alia, who was named the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-America of the Year. UC San Diego women’s tennis player Ina Dan received the ITA/Arthur Ashe National Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Eleven individuals received West Region Player of the Year honors, while four coaches were tabbed Coach of the Year and two others were selected Assistant Coach of the Year.

2008-09 CCAA Highlights

National Champions (2):        


Cal State Dominguez Hills (Men’s Soccer)

Sonoma State (Men’s Golf) – (100th men’s CCAA title)

NCAA Runner-Ups (3):       

Cal State San Bernardino (Women’s Volleyball)

Cal Poly Pomona (Men’s Basketball)

Cal State San Bernardino (Men’s Golf)

NCAA Semifinalist (1):       

UC San Diego (Baseball)

NCAA Individual Champions (5):    

Men: Scott Bauhs (Chico State, men’s cross country)

Women:
Christine Merrill (UC San Diego, women’s 400 meter hurdles), Linda Rainwater (UC San Diego, women’s high jump), Danielle Thu (UC San Diego, women’s hammer throw) and Kasey Burlingham (Cal State Stanislaus, men’s pole vault)

National Top 25 Finishes:       

19 Top 25 Finishes

Eight Top 10 Finishes

National Players of the Year (3):   

Scott Bauhs (Chico State, cross country)

Kevin Gallaugher (CSU Dominguez Hills, men’s soccer)

Vance Albitz (UC San Diego, baseball) – National Defensive Player of the Year

National Coaches of the Year (3):   


Joe Flanagan (Cal State Dominguez Hills, men’s soccer)

Kim Cherniss (Cal State San Bernardino, women’s volleyball)

Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego, baseball)

All-Americans (67)

West Region Champions (6):   


Cal State Dominguez Hills (men’s soccer)

Chico State (men’s and women’s cross country)

Cal State San Bernardino (women’s volleyball)

Cal Poly Pomona (men’s basketball)

UC San Diego (baseball)

West Region Individual Champions (2):

Scott Bauhs (men’s cross country, Chico State)

Jarin Todd (men’s golf, Sonoma State)

Teams in NCAA postseason play (61)

CCAA Athletes of the Year:   

Male: Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Female:
Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino)

CCAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year:

Male: Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Female:
Meghan Haas (Cal State San Bernardino)

Commissioner’s Cup Winner:   

UC San Diego (Fourth year in a row)

The following is a sport-by-sport recap:

Men’s Cross Country

CCAA Champion: Chico State

CCAA Individual Champion:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State)

CCAA Athlete of the Meet:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Clint Hostetler (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Jersain Torres (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Gary Towne (Chico State)

NCAA West Region Champion:
Chico State

NCAA West Region Individual Champion:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State)

NCAA Individual Champion:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State)

NCAA Male Athlete of the Year:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State)

All-Americans:
Scott Bauhs (Chico State), Angel Marquez (Chico State), Beau Rogers (Chico State), Michael Wickman (Chico State)

All-Academic Team:
UC San Diego

Academic All-Americans:
Angel Marquez (Chico State), Manny Mejia, Jr. (Chico State), Gabriel LaMothe (UC San Diego)

Women’s Cross Country

CCAA Champion: Chico State

CCAA Individual Champion:
Vivien Wadeck (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Athlete of the Meet:
Vivien Wadeck (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Elena Inouye (UC San Diego)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Vivien Wadeck (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Gary Towne (Chico State)

NCAA West Region Champion:
Chico State

All-Americans:
Brianna Schofield (UC San Diego), Tori Tyler (Chico State), Vivien Wadeck (CSULA)

All-Academic Teams: Cal State San Bernardino, San Francisco State, UC San Diego

Men’s Soccer

CCAA Champion: Sonoma State

CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player:
Ross Middlemiss (Sonoma State)

CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player:
Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Andrew Ruiz (Cal State Stanislaus)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Cam Vickers (Sonoma State)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Felipe Restrepo (Chico State)

West Regional Champion:
Cal State Dominguez Hills

Daktronics West Region Player of the Year:  
Ross Middlemiss (Sonoma State)

National Champion:
Cal State Dominguez Hills

NSCAA National Player of the Year:
Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

NSCAA National Coach of the Year:
Joe Flanagan (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

NSCAA All-Americans:
Doug Carr (Sonoma State), Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Ross Middlemiss (Sonoma State), Kyle Holland (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Daktronics All-Americans:
Kevin Gallaugher (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Kyle Holland (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Doug Carr (Sonoma State), Ruben Hansen (Cal State L.A.)

Academic All-American:
Ross Middlemiss (Sonoma State)

Women’s Soccer

CCAA Champion: UC San Diego

CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player:
Natasha Belak-Berger (UC San Diego)

CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player:
Amanda Esquivel (UC San Diego)

CCAA Freshman of the Year: Taylor Edmonds (Sonoma State)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Melanie DeSalvo (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Jack Hyde (San Francisco State)

Daktronics All-Americans:
Lindsay Catton (Sonoma State), Jessica McGovern (UC San Diego), Amanda Esquivel (UC San Diego)

NSCAA College Team Academic Award:
Cal State Stanislaus

Women’s Volleyball

CCAA Champion: Cal State San Bernardino

CCAA Most Valuable Player:
Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Hillary Williamson (UC San Diego)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Gabriela Bulawczyk (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Bear Grassl (Sonoma State)

West Region Champion:
Cal State San Bernardino

Daktronics West Region Player of the Year:
Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino)

AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year:
Makenzie Snyder (Chico State)

AVCA West Region Coach of the Year:
Kim Cherniss (Cal State San Bernardino)

NCAA Division II National Runner-Up:
Cal State San Bernardino

Daktronics All-Americans:
Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino), Meghan Haas (Cal State San Bernardino), Gabriela Bulawcyzk (Cal State L.A.), Sara Hoffman (Cal State San Bernardino)

AVCA All-Americans:
Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino), Sara Hoffman (Cal State San Bernardino), Vanessa Williams (Cal Poly Pomona), Rebecca Bailey (UC San Diego), Gabriela Bulawcyzk (Cal State L.A.), Eric Brick (Chico State), Meghan Haas (Cal State San Bernardino), Sara Rice (Cal State San Bernardino), Kristi Sather (Sonoma State), Ursula Vieira (Cal State L.A.)

AVCA National Coach of the Year:
Kim Cherniss (Cal State San Bernardino)


Men’s Basketball

CCAA Regular Season Tri-Champions: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino

CCAA Tournament Champion:
Cal State San Bernardino

CCAA Most Valuable Player:
Larry Gordon (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Freshman of the Year: Kyle Baxter (Humboldt State)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Greg Kamansky (Cal Poly Pomona)

West Regional Champion:
Cal Poly Pomona

NABC West Region Coach of the Year:
Greg Kamansky (Cal Poly Pomona)

NCAA Division II National Runner-Up: Cal Poly Pomona

NABC All-American:
Larry Gordon (Cal Poly Pomona)

Division II Bulletin All-American:
Larry Gordon (Cal Poly Pomona)

Division II Bulletin Freshman All-American:
Kyle Baxter (Humboldt State)


Women’s Basketball

CCAA Regular Season Champion: UC San Diego

CCAA Tournament Champion:
Cal State Dominguez Hills

CCAA Most Valuable Player:
Michelle Osier (UC San Diego)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Neka Mixon (Cal State Dominguez HIlls)

CCAA Coach of the Year: Charity Elliott (UC San Diego)

Daktronics West Region Player of the Year:
Michelle Osier (UC San Diego)

WBCA/State Farm All-Americans:
Reyana Colson (Cal Poly Pomona), Katie Franci (Humboldt State), Michelle Osier (UC San Diego)

Division II Bulletin All-Americans: Michelle Osier (UC San Diego), Reyana Colson (Cal Poly Pomona), Katie Franci (Humboldt State)

Division II Bulletin Freshman All-American: Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

Baseball

CCAA Regular Season Champion: UC San Diego

CCAA Tournament Champion:
UC San Diego

CCAA Most Valuable Player:
Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

CCAA Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year:
Gary Moran (Sonoma State)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Adam Arakawa (Chico State)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Aaron Brooks (Cal State San Bernardino)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Dan O’Brien, UC San Diego

West Regional Champion:
UC San Diego

Daktronics West Region Pitcher of the Year:
Gary Moran (Sonoma State)

Daktronics West Region Player of the Year:
Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Year:
Gary Moran (Sonoma State)

NCBWA West Region Player of the Year:
Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

NCBWA West Region Coach of the Year:
Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego)

National Semifinalist:
UC San Diego

National Coach of the Year:
Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego)

Daktronics All-Americans:
Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Gary Moran (Sonoma State), Vance Albitz (UC San Diego), Carlos Leyva (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Tim Shibuya (UC San Diego)

ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans:
Vance Albitz (UC San Diego), Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Gary Moran (Sonoma State)

ABCA/Rawlings National Defensive Player of the Year:
Vance Albitz (UC San Diego)

ABCA/Rawlings National Gold Gloves:
Vance Albitz (UC San Diego), Josh Tanner (UC San Diego), Tim Shibuya (UC San Diego), Kevin Seaver (Chico State)

CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America of the Year:
Jon Alia Cal State Dominguez Hills)

ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American:
Jon Alia (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Men’s Golf

CCAA Champion: Sonoma State

CCAA Individual Champion:
Ricky Stockton (CSU Monterey Bay)

CCAA Player of the Year:
Lucas Delgado (Chico State)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Kyle Souza (Chico State)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Harkins (Chico State)

CCAA Coach of the Year: Travis Brown (Chico State)

NCAA Division II Central/West Regional Individual Medalist:
Jarin Todd (Sonoma State)

NCAA Champion:
Sonoma State

NCAA National Runner-Up:
Cal State San Bernardino


Softball

CCAA Regular Season Champion: Humboldt State

CCAA Tournament Champion: Cal State Monterey Bay

CCAA Most Valuable Player:
Natalie Galletly (Humboldt State)

CCAA Pitcher of the Year:
Lindsay Emmel (Sonoma State)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Emiley McEwen
(Cal State Dominguez Hills)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Kristyn Lesovsky (UC San Diego)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Frank Cheek (Humboldt State)

West Sub-Regional Champion: Cal State Stanislaus

Daktronics West Region Player of the Year:
Kristyn Lesovsky (UC San Diego)

Daktronics West Region Pitcher of the Year:
Lindsay Emmel (Sonoma State)

NFCA All-Americans:
Kristyn Lesovsky (UC San Diego), Marissa Slattery (Humboldt State), Natalie Galletly (Humboldt State)

Daktronics All-Americans:
Kristyn Lesovsky (UC San Diego), Marissa Slattery (Humboldt State), Natalie Galletly (Humboldt State)

Women’s Tennis

CCAA Champion: UC San Diego

Most Valuable Player:
Verena Preikschas (Cal State Stanislaus)

Freshman of the Year:
Katie Eng (Cal State Stanislaus)

Newcomer of the Year:
Anita Athavale (UC San Diego)

Coach of the Year:
Liz LaPlante (UC San Diego)

ITA/Arthur Ashe West Region Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship: Ina Dan (UC San Diego)

ITA West Region Coach of the Year:
Liz LaPlante (UC San Diego)

ITA/Arthur Ashe National Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship:
Ina Dan (UC San Diego)

Men’s Track and Field

CCAA Champion: Chico State

CCAA Athlete of the Meet:
Jonathan Williams (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Nick Howe (UC San Diego)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Jersain Torres (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Kirk Freitas (Chico State)

USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year:
Michael Wickman (Chico State)

USTFCCCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year:
Gary Towne (Chico State)

ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic District VIII:
David Wellman (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

NCAA Individual National Champion:
Kasey Burlingham (Cal State Stanislaus, pole vault)

All-Americans:
Jonathan Williams (Cal Poly Pomona, 100), Michael Wickman (Chico State, 800, 1500), Beau Rogers (Chico State, 3000M steeplechase), Ryan Bertucci (Chico State, high jump), Kasey Burlingham (Cal State Stanislaus, pole vault), Matt Jarvis (Chico State, shot put), Josh Linker (Cal State L.A., decathlon), Brian Beleue (Humboldt State, decathlon)

Women’s Track and Field

CCAA Champion: UC San Diego

CCAA Athlete of the Meet:
Christine Merrill (UC San Diego)

CCAA Freshman of the Year:
Tuekeha Huntley (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Newcomer of the Year:
Vivien Wadeck (Cal State L.A.)

CCAA Coach of the Year:
Darcy Ahner (UC San Diego)

USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year:
Danielle Thu (UC San Diego)

USTFCCCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year:
Kendra Reimer (Cal State L.A.)

USTFCCCA West Region Head Coach of the Year:
Darcy Ahner (UC San Diego)

NCAA Individual National Champions:
Christine Merrill (UC San Diego, 400 hurdles), Linda Rainwater (UC San Diego, high jump), Danielle Thu (UC San Diego, hammer throw)

All-Americans:
Moriah Jubrey (Cal State L.A., 100, 200), Brianna Schofield (UC San Diego, 1500), Vivien Wadeck (Cal State L.A., 5000), Tori Tyler (Chico State, 10,000), Alia Gray (Chico State, 10,000), Laiah Blue (UC San Diego, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Chanel Parker (Cal State Dominguez Hills, 100 hurdles), Christine Merrill (UC San Diego, 400 hurdles), Shannon McVannel (Chico State, 3000 steeplechase), Karla Alburez (Cal State L.A., 3000 steeplechase), Tiffany Turner (Cal Poly Pomona, 3000 steeplechase), Cal State L.A. 4×100 meter relay team (Sierra Backus, Moriah Jubrey, Tanyshia Ridley, Shianne Smith), UC San Diego 4×100 meter relay team (Christine Merrill, Katie Skorupa, Kelly Fogarty, Laiah Blue), UC San Diego 4×400 meter relay team (Katie Skorupa, Deyna Roberson, Anna Lee McGregor, Christine Merrill), Linda Rainwater (UC San Diego, high jump, heptathlon), Rosemary Feikert (Cal State Stanislaus, pole vault), Sierra Backus (Cal State L.A., triple jump), Sarah Hendy (UC San Diego, discus), Luisa Musika (San Francisco State, discuss), Jasimen Bailey (Cal State Stanislaus, discuss), Danielle Thu (UC San Diego, hammer throw), Shianne Smith (Cal State L.A., heptathlon).

CPP basketball team now looks to the future

By Michelle gardner

Staff Writer

Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky is just now catching his breath.
A whirlwind two weeks included playoff games in three different time zones and ended with a 56-53 overtime loss to Findlay (Ohio) in the Division II national championship game in Springfield, Mass., last Saturday.

The Broncos (25-8) returned on Sunday and celebrated with the student body on Thursday. Now, Kamansky is focused on recruiting. But you won’t find him complaining.

“It has been an unbelievable experience,” he said. “You think of the number of teams that play college basketball and very few get a chance to play for a national championship. And to think how far we went and the obstacles we overcame to get there. It is even more rewarding.”

The Broncos are graduating four seniors, the key ones being All-American Larry Gordon and third-leading scorer Walter Thompson.

Before the team left for the Elite Eight, Kamansky stopped short of calling Gordon the best player to come out of the program. He didn’t hesitate when asked again.

Gordon finished as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and second-leading scorer behind only Jeff Bonds. He also finishes ranked second in field goals (527), second in free throws (385), third in games played (116), fifth in steals (133), seventh in blocks (52) and 10th in 3-point field goals (94).

What sets him apart from the other four All-Americans the school has produced is his showing in the postseason. He averaged 22 points and 11.3 rebounds and shot 67.6 percent from the field in the run.

“His legacy is complete,” Kamansky said. “Big-time players step up in big-time games. He did it on the national stage.”

Kamansky admits it will be hard to replace his most recent All-American. But the one thing the Broncos will have is a solid nucleus of veterans returning.

Last year Gordon was the only starter back. The Broncos will be set in the front court, returning Dwayne Fells, who started 18 games this season as a true freshman, as well as sophomore forward Tobias Jahn (9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg), who came into his own over the second half of the season.

They will also have Kevin Ryan, the team’s top recruit last year who had to redshirt because of a knee injury. They also landed an early signee in Justin Herold, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa.

The core of other returning players will include second-leading scorer Austin Swift (10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), heady point guard Dahir Nasser (5.7 ppg, 2.7 apg) and much-improved reserve Robert Summers (7.1 ppg).

Cajon graduate Donnelle Booker will also be back in the fold. He sustained a season-ending knee injury in October and will be the most seasoned player in the program. The coach is hoping he can provide the same veteran leadership Gordon did.

Kamansky said the biggest need right now is in the backcourt. The Broncos typically carry fewer players than most teams but are looking for three or four more players.

“I like what we’ll have coming back,” he said. “Yes, we’re losing Larry, but we have guys that have actually played together, which is unlike last year. A couple more guards and we’ll be set.

“This is a great experience to build on.”

Broncos lose heart-breaker in overtime

By Jeff Thomas

 

Correspondent

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Oh, for a few more seconds on the clock.
The remarkable run of the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team came to a sudden and shocking end Saturday afternoon at the MassMutual Center when senior guard Tyler Evans drained a fadeaway 3-pointer at buzzer in overtime to give the University of Findlay the NCAA Division II national championship.

Cal Poly Pomona fought back from a 14-point second-half deficit, only to go down 56-53 to Oilers, who concluded a perfect season at 36-0 and was ranked No. 1 wire-to-wire.

“We put ourselves in position to win the game, but tonight we didn’t do it and they did,” Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky said. “We feel proud of the fact that we put ourselves in position and could have won it.”

The Broncos (25-8), who won 16 of their last 17 to get to this point and had traveled more than 10,000 miles in the NCAA tournament – with another 3,000 or so more to come Sunday – were the feel-good story of the tournament.

That storybook ending almost came to fruition, but a well-guarded Evans picked that point in time to make his only field goal of the afternoon.

“I think it was good defense but he hit a tough shot,” Broncos senior guard Walter Thompson said. “You can’t ask for any better defense out of Dahir (Nasser). It was good pressure and he had his hand in his face. He made a tough shot.”

The game was tied at 53-53 after senior All-American Larry Gordon hit a 15-foot jumper with 12.5 seconds left. There was a held-ball call under Cal Poly’s basket with 2.4 seconds left. Findlay’s Marcus Parker inbounded the ball from the baseline to Evans, who was already a step behind the 3-point arc.

Evans took a dribble back and to his left before taking the shot that swished through the basket 25 feet away and left Nasser on his knees and holding his head in disbelief.

“We were concerned with the inbounder getting the ball back for a quick three, so they got the ball to (Evans) and he kept backing up and backing up and throws a fadeaway three from God knows how many feet,” Kamansky said. “The guy hit a great shot, give him some credit. That’s part of the game of basketball. Win some, lose some.”

It was the second overtime win of the Elite Eight for Findlay, and just the fourth overtime championship game in Elite Eight history.

“I can’t express the feeling that we have winning this game the way it was won with that unbelievable last-second shot, the way we’ve won the last four of our games,” Findlay coach Ron Niekamp said. “It’s an incredible feeling and it’s also a feeling that someone up there is looking out for you when you win four like that.”

The game had the look of a rout for a while, the Oilers taking a 30-20 halftime lead and pushing that lead to as many as 14 with 16:25 left in the game.

“At that time I called timeout and was pretty fired up and said you’re not going down like this,” Kamansky said. “I just told our guys we’ve done it all year and this is not the way we were gonna go down, getting beat handily.

“We got a couple of nice plays and hit a couple of nice shots and next thing you know we got our confidence going and we knew we could play with these guys,” he added.

Gordon, who scored a game-high 17 points, scored on a reverse layup, followed by a Robert Summers 3-pointer. Tobias Jahn (14 points) scored at the rim and Summers made two foul shots. After Gordon scored on a drive to the basket, Jahn scored from the baseline to complete the 13-0 run and get the Broncos within one, 36-35.

After Bostic scored on a putback, Thompson hit a 3-pointer and the game was tied with 7:05 to play.

Both teams had opportunities to win in the closing minutes but neither could capitalize.
In overtime it was much of the same, the lead changing five times before Evans hit his heroic shot to end an incredible season for the Broncos.

“This will sting for a while but we’ll look back in a little bit and say what a great season this was for this team,” Kamansky said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys. Digging in game after game after game. We’ve won a lot of these overtime games.

“This season I’ll take and there’s probably 300 coaches in Division II who would take this,” he added. “There’s only one coach that wouldn’t and that’s the coach of Findlay.”

Locals earn NABC honors

The honors just keep coming for Cal State San Bernardino junior center Brandon Brown and senior guard Devin Montgomery.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their all-West Region team in NCAA Division II and Brown was voted to the first team and Montgomery to the second team.

Brown, a 6-7 postman who was all-CCAA conference first-team, the CCAA’s newcomer of the year and MVP of the CCAA tournament, is now eligible to be considered for the NABC all-America teams that will be announced at the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass later this month.

Earlier last week, Brown was voted by sports information directors in the West Region to the Daktronics all-West Region first team.

Montgomery, a 6-foot guard, was an all-CCAA first-team selection.

Joining Brown on the NABC all-region first team were Larry Gordon of Cal Poly Pomona, Lucas Alves of BYU-Hawaii, Michael Hernandez of Cal State Dominguez Hills, Ira Graham of Western Washington and Jake Linton of Saint Martin’s.

Along with Montgomery, the other second-teamers on the NABC all-star teams were Jerrell Smith of CSU Dominguez Hills, Zac Tiedeman of Humboldt State, Matt Penoncello of Central Washington, Kenny Barker of Alaska Anchorage and Jay DeMaestri of Hawaii Hilo.

Greg Kamansky of Cal Poly Pomona was voted coach of the year by the NABC.

Brown led the CCAA in scoring at 21.5 points per game, was No. 3 in rebounding at 8.7 rebounds per game, No.4 in field goal percentage (56.0), No. 1 in blocked shots (39 – 1.7/game) and No. 1 in offensive rebounds per game (2.8). He was the team leader in all those categories.

Montgomery was No. 6 in the CCAA in scoring (14.3 ppg), No. 12 in field goal percentage (49.8), No. 9 in assists (3.1/game), No. 7 in 3-point FG percentage (40.7). He led the team in assists (94) and averaged 2.4 rebounds a game and shot 75 percent from the foul line.

 

 

Coyotes advance to CCAA final

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team escaped – again.

The Coyotes slipped past longtime nemesis UC San Diego 76-72 in a CCAA Tournament semifinal Friday night to earn a spot in tonight’s 7:30 p.m. title game against unheralded Cal State Monterey Bay (16-13).

The Coyotes (19-9) nipped Sonoma State 79-77 in Tuesday’s
quarterfinal and coach Jeff Oliver is pleased to see his team start knocking down some shots at crunch time, something it had trouble with earlier in the season.

“We’re making the most of our opportunities and taking advantage of some mismatches,” Oliver said. “I think it’s a matter of our guys better understanding their roles and feeling more comfortable in the offense. It’s good to see.”

The Coyotes led by as many as 11 in the second half, that lead coming at 62-51 with 8:45 left. But the Tritons (17-11) came back as they always do. San Diego evened the game at 67 on a baseline drive by Shane Poppen, who surged past defender Brandon Brown, playing it safe after being called for his fourth foul.

The game was tied again at 70 with 1:40 to play. The Coyotes got a fadeaway jumper from Tim Denson to go up 72-70 with 1:13 left. The Tritons failed to answer as Kelvin Kim missed an open look from the top of the key, his favorite shot.

 

 Cal State’s Devin Montgomery scrambled for the rebound with 45 seconds left and sank a pair of free throw to up the lead to four, 74-70.

Montgomery was at the line twice more and delivered two with 18.2 seconds left and one of two later to seal the outcome.

“I was just trying to relax and make them,” Montgomery said. “I
was in that position before and didn’t come through. I wasn’t really thinking about it, but I was thinking about it. I didn’t want to fail in that position again.”

The Coyotes, ranked seventh in the West Region, shot 57.4 percent (27-for-47) from the field with Brown’s 22 leading the way. Montgomery and Denson contributed 15 and 13 respectively. DuBois Williams had a steady game with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

San Diego came in needing to win the tournament to advance to the West Region Tournament, something it did last year. The Tritons got 24 from Jordan Lawley and 16 each from Alan Husted Poppen.

The Coyotes entered the tournament seeded third despite claiming a share of the regular season title for the eighth time in 10 years. Monterey Bay was the seventh seed but it upended No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills on Tuesday, then followed with an ugly-but-effective win over the top-seeded Broncos.

Cal State swept both regular season meetings against the Otters.

“That’s going to be another tough one,” Oliver said. “They play
hard and don’t quit and they have the momentum right now.”

Cal Poly men take 10-game win streak into tourney

It looks like Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky will be the one getting the last laugh.

He is the first to admit his team hardly looks imposing when it takes the court for pregame warmups. He has been down to eight players for much of the year and those eight don’t look like the most athletic bunch.

But the Broncos (19-6, 15-5) finished tied for first in the CCAA with more physically imposing teams from Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5).

Cal Poly got the tiebreaker and will enter this week’s CCAA Tournament as the top seed. It will host No. 8 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kellogg Gymnasium. Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game will be at Coussoulis Arena on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

“It’s actually pretty funny,” Kamansky said. “We’re out there with our seven, eight guys and we’re clanking shots all over the place. Other coaches are laughing at us. Fans are laughing at us. I know. I’ve seen it.”

Six weeks ago the Broncos were in desperation mode. They were 9-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play. Kamansky was just hoping to get in the conference tournament. He never imagined being the top seed. But the Broncos swept the back half of their schedule, a significant feat in such a depp conference.

They will head into Tuesday’s game riding a 10-game win streak.

“It just goes to show what can happen when you have good team chemistry and guys believe in the system and their teammates,” Kamansky said.

The Broncos are led by senior Larry Gordon (14 ppg, 10.3 rpg), a mainstay in the lineup for his four years. Austin Swift (10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Walter Thompson (11.6 ppg) have emerged as good complimentary players.

But Kamansky credits the team’s hot streak up to the improved play of his young post players – true freshman Dwyane Fells (5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and sophomore Tobias Jahn (8.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

“They have given us a presence in the paint we didn’t have early on” he said. “It adds another dimension to this team.”

While the Broncos have pretty much clinched a spot in the West Region tournament no matter how they fare this week, they still have something to play for.

They are currently ranked third in the region and could move up to second since No. 2 Dominguez Hills lost last week.

If they can finish second they would likely host a four-team sub-regional if the NCAA decides to use that format rather than the traditional eight-team regional at one site.

“Who would have thought?” Kamansky sighed.

CAL POLY WOMEN GET CHICO STATE

The men’s game will follow the 5:30 p.m. women’s game as coach Scott Davis’ team also earned a home game.

The No. 4 seeded Broncos (16-13, 12-8) will host No. 5 Chico State (15-12, 11-9). The teams split during the regular season with each winning on its home floor.

On the season the Broncos are 9-3 at Kellogg Gymnasium.

Unlike the Cal Poly men, the women need a big effort in the tournament. They currently sit eighth in the West Region, despite having two wins over No. 6 Dominguez Hills and one over No. 7 Northwest Nazarene.

“I think we need to win it to get in even though we have those wins over teams ahead of us,” Davis said.

UC San Diego (26-3, 19-1) is the top seed but Davis is most leery of No. 2 Humboldt State (21-6, 16-4) which has won eight straight games.

“They are playing the best right now and they have a lot of weapons,” he said.

Cal State men face must-win in CCAA Tournament

For the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team the task is simple – win the CCAA tournament or the season is over.

The Coyotes (17-9, 15-5) painted themselves into a corner with losses to Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego. Now, there is no margin for error.

The Coyotes open play in the CCAA tournament at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coussoulis Arena against Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12), with whom they split during the regular season.

The good news for coach Jeff Oliver’s team is that Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s finals will also be at Coussoulis, where the team is 10-1 this season.

Cal State is ranked 10th in the region and needs to be eighth to secure a spot in the West Region tournament. There are a half a dozen teams in the hunt for the last few spots, a couple of whom are playing in the CCAA event.

The winner of the CCAA tournament gets the conference’s automatic playoff bid.

“We need to win at least two and even that leaves room for doubt,” Oliver said. “We’re going in with the mindset that we have to win three.”

The Coyotes were part of a three-way tie for first with Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5), giving them at least a share of the conference title for the eighth time in 10 years. But the seeding for the tournament came down to a third tiebreaker.

The Broncos, who will host San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) in an opening-round game, were 2-0 against Cal State Los Angeles (the ninth-place team and the best of the teams that didn’t make the tournament) compared to Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 1-1 mark against the Golden Eagles.

The Coyotes were made the third seed based on their 9-5 record against tournament teams. Both Pomona and Dominguez Hills had 10-4 marks.

That logic mystifies Oliver.

“You’re rewarding Dominguez and Pomona for losing to teams that are the bottom of the barrel, that didn’t make the tournament. That doesn’t make sense,” he said.

While Sonoma State has played the Coyotes tough, it has not had an answer for big man Brandon Brown (20.6 points per game, 8.9 rebounds), who has scored 45 points in the two games against the Seawolves and is coming off a 32-point showing against San Francisco State on Friday.

“He has been dominant,” Oliver said. “He has had head on straight and doing a better job of not letting adversity get to him.”

Cal State women headed south

The Cal State women will need to repeat their upset of two weeks ago to get another home game as they will play their CCAA tournament opener at RIMAC Arena against top-seeded UC San Diego (26-3, 19-1), which also comes in ranked ninth nationally.

Coach Kevin Becker’s team, finishing in a three-way tie for sixth, was last in the pecking order when it came to the tiebreaker, so it was left with the eighth seed.

The Coyotes (10-16, 8-12) were the only conference team to beat the Tritons, doing so 64-59 on Feb. 14, behind the scoring punch of unheralded players Lisa Takata and Ana Onaindia.

“Obviously, they’re going to be ready for us,” Becker said. “We’re going to have to play even better than we did the last time we played them.”

Cal Poly men get top seed for CCAA tourney

For the second year in a row, tiebreaker formulas had to used to determine the seedings for the 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that opens Tuesday, March 3, at campus sites.

Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino all tied for the regular-season CCAA title after concluding their 20-game conference schedule Friday night.

Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5) earned the top seed in the tournament after factoring in the third tiebreaker criteria, which was best record against the highest-standing team not in the tournament. The Broncos, who will host San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) in an opening-round game, were 2-0 against Cal State L.A., compared to Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 1-1 mark against the Golden Eagles.

Cal State San Bernardino was slotted as the third-seed based on its 9-5 record against tournament teams. Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills had identical 10-4 marks.

As the No. 2 seed, Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5) will host No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (14-13, 8-12). Third-seeded Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5), will entertain No. 6 seed Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12).

Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) and UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7) tied for fourth and the Tritons gained the No. 4 seed and a home game after a coin flip.

Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco tied for sixth, and the Seawolves won the tiebreaker based on their better head-to-head record against the three tied teams.

Sonoma State was 3-1, while Cal State Monterey Bay was 2-2 and San Francisco State 1-1.

Following Tuesday’s first-round games, the tournament will shift to Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena for the semifinals and championship game on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

2009 CCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Tuesday – March 3 (At Campus Sites)

No. 8 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5)

No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay 14-13, 8-12) at No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5)

No. 6 Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5)

No. 5 Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) at No. 4 UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7)

2009 CCAA Tournament Ticket Prices

First Round (at campus sites)

Reserved (if available) — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

Semifinals and Finals

Reserved — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

*Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Cal State Bernardino ticket office at (909) 537-5048 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Broncos win ninth straight game

Sophomore forward Tobias Jahn scored 18 points and snagged eight rebounds to lead the
Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team to its ninth straight game. Jahn was one of four player indouble figures. Austin Swift contributed 13, Robert Summers 12 and
Larry Gordon 11. Gordon also turned in a game-high 11 rebounds.

The win keeps the Broncos (18-6, 14-5) tied for second with Cal
State San Bernardino, one game behind Dominguez Hills, a 70-60 winner
over Sonoma State. The win also avenges a 66-62 loss to the Gators at
Kellogg Gymnasium as the Gators were the last team to beat the
Bronvos.

Cal Poly shot 48.9 percent from the field (22-for-49) and finished
with a huge 44-23 advantage on the boards.

Robert Hayes of San Francisco State (14-12, 8-11) led all scorers
with 22.