Men's Basketball Beats Cal to Finish Off Regular Season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Men's Basketball Beats Cal to Finish Off Regular Season by Mike Lantinen
Jaymon Mason helped spark the offense as Cal controlled the paint in the regular season finale.

A strange delay during Tuesday night’s Edinboro men’s basketball game gave new meaning to the term “make it rain,” no longer referring to a shooting hot streak.

As the first half was coming to an end, an unexpected whistle stopped play due to leaking from the roof during a heavy rainstorm.

Head Coach Pat Cleary spoke about the extended halftime.

“It was much longer than our usual halftime break; never had a rain delay at a basketball game.”

With contrasting styles of play, California (Pa.), known for their dominating big men — 6-foot-8-inch Tony Richardson and 6-foot-9- inch Richard Smith— tried their best to utilize that size to attack an Edinboro defense that lacked a shot blocking presence.

Edinboro, on the other hand, used their dominant guard tandem of Henri Wade-Chatman and Jaymon Mason to ignite their offense, using a combination of dribble hand off plays, as well as pick and roll action.

“California has the best interior players in our league” said Cleary.

After getting off to a slow start, the Fighting Scots came back from a 6-0 deficit to take the lead, and they wouldn’t relinquish that lead, winning 79-75.

The PSAC, a conference known for its depth, showed just why that’s true as California (Pa.) proved to Edinboro throughout the game that they weren’t going to go down easy.

Without a chance to play in the conference playoff, California (Pa.) played its entire roster for their season finale, scoring 34 bench points in comparison to Edinboro’s 14.

“We only played three guys, they played their entire roster because it was their last game of the season. We were preparing for the conference tournament,” Cleary said.

Cleary wanted to prepare his team for the rotation they would most likely see during their playoff run.

“California basically just tries to pound the ball inside and play in a much different fashion. Every game here requires extensive planning. Our league isn’t something where you can’t just say this is what do, here we go. Every team has different tendencies. Every team has different points of emphasis. Every game is different,” Cleary said.

The Vulcans were looking to end their season with a win, as well as give their coach a win in the final game of his coaching career.

The game would serve as the final one of California head coach Bill Brown’s career. Brown had been at the helm for the Vulcans for 20 years and had accumulated a record of 365-210 with a .635 winning percentage. This would earn himself a place among the greats of PSAC history as he ranks fifth all-time in victories, three spots behind our own Greg Walcavich at second place with 412 victories all time.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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