It was legendary USA hockey coach Herb Brooks who looked at his workforce someday in upstate New York and delivered those famous words: “Gentlemen, nice moments are born from nice opportunity.”
Point Loma Nazarene College men’s basketball coach Ryan Looney isn’t getting his squad prepared to face off towards the heavily favored Russians, but the alternative in entrance of his program is gigantic.
For the primary time, the Sea Lions are a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Their opening recreation, tonight towards No. eight seed Western Oregon, is at venerable Golden Health club on maybe probably the most lovely campus in America.
Steps from the Pacific Ocean.
“It’s undoubtedly an enormous weekend for our program and our college,” Looney stated. “An opportunity to point out everybody what a terrific place this is to be. We had an incredible season and need to show everyone what a terrific place Level Loma is. We’ve a very good staff.”
The Sea Lions gained robust video games towards good competitors all season and now are ready to take a run at a nationwide title — a run that would embrace a regional semifinal towards close by UC San Diego, which performs Cal Poly Pomona as we speak.
The PLNU participant to observe is Daulton Hommes. There is a purpose NBA scouts confirmed up at just a little campus pressed up towards the Pacific Ocean all season.
He is good.
Hommes drew attention before the season as a result of he is built like an NBA capturing guard. Robust. Clean.
He has a step-again transfer that may make James Harden jealous. Hommes, who is from Washington state, has discovered his recreation in San Diego.
“Coming right here was a superb thing for me,” Hommes stated. “Excellent spot to work on my recreation. I simply need to maintain getting better.”
But nearly as good as Hommes is, the Point Loma calling card is protection and rebounding.
In your shorts, no room to make a move, contest each shot type of defense. And put a physique on a physique and snare that ball off the backboard like your life will depend on every rebound.
Sea Lions opponents averaged a paltry 66.5 factors per recreation and Looney’s membership ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in rebounding (37.8 per recreation). They led the nation in rebounding last season.
Final spring, in a reversal of roles, Western Oregon hosted a playoff recreation and PLNU fell behind 23-4 and ultimately absorbed a 70-sixty nine loss.
This time, the Sea Lions get to host they usually plan on making good things happen. Level Loma went 14-three at residence and has gained six in a row general.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity,” stated Hommes, who is seen as an NBA prospect. “We’re enjoying good competitors, but we all know we are gifted. Our workforce is ready to go.
“This can be a huge weekend for our program and I can’t wait to play these games. Individuals are going to see what Point Loma basketball is all about.”
NCAA Div. II Men’s West Regional
Friday at Golden Gymnasium, Point Loma Nazarene
5 p.m.: No. four UCSD (25-7) vs. No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona (21-6)
7:30 p.m.: No. 1 PLNU (26-4) vs. No. 8 Western…