College Basketball | ‘Jacks head to Denver for two weekend games – Times-Standard

Fresh from their home game and on a two-game winning streak, the Cal Poly Humboldt men’s basketball team heads to Colorado this weekend for the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Regis University. The Lumberjacks take on Regis on Friday and then play Metro State on Saturday.

Similar to the two season-opening games in Canada, these games will effectively be two back-to-back road trips since both schools are based in the Denver area. Like Humboldt, the two schools hold records of 2-2 which should make for a competitive weekend as the ‘Jacks head into games with plenty of momentum.

Against Regis, both teams will go into this duel after victories in their previous matches. Regis notched a 74-64 win over Holy Names in Oakland, while Humboldt defeated Sonoma State 79-71 at home on Tuesday. The duel with Regis is difficult for Humboldt to assess. Rangers recorded an impressive 20-10 last year and opened the year with a strong showing in a loss to the 16th-ranked team in the country. But they lost last week to San Francisco State, a team picked to finish second from bottom in the CCAA. Regis seems to be struggling a bit out of goal after losing his top three scorers from last year.

One of the more dangerous players for Regis would be guard Eddy Egun, a transfer from Division 1 Montana who is still trying to get going after his injury last year. But overall, the Lumberjacks once again seem to have a talent advantage over their opponent.

The ‘Jacks made great progress in their second straight win against Sonoma. The half-court defense seemed much stronger as it forced plenty of possession late into the shot clock. The offense for Humboldt seemed much more cohesive as the Lumberjacks’ immense depth continued to mesh and blend as a team. But omissions and mistakes still worry the ‘Jacks, particularly in the transition offensive that is such an important part of Humboldt’s philosophy.

It should be noted that while Sonoma State played Humboldt very well, the Seawolves were a winless team picked for last spot in the CCAA. So while the Lumberjacks are still figuring things out, they’ll need to keep raising their game if they’re going to earn a spot in the postseason.

But the game against Regis offers another opportunity to win against a team that looks beatable for the ‘Jacks, at least from a talent standpoint.

In the second game, the Lumberjacks face a slightly more dangerous opponent in Metro State. The Roadrunners had a solid 17-12 season last year, led by Caleb McGill, a transfer from Division 1 UC Davis, and Tyrei Randall, a transfer from Division 1 Rider, who averaged more than 20 points per game . But despite Metro State having more talent and offensive firepower than Regis, they haven’t looked particularly impressive in their first four games. It took them overtime to beat an overwhelming Arkansas-Fort Smith team. The Roadrunners’ other win was a blowout against an overmatched non-NCAA opponent.

As with Regis, the ‘Jacks certainly appear to have an advantage over Metro State given their roster talent and pedigree. If Humboldt can continue to build on the positive results from his last two wins, the Lumberjacks could find themselves with a very nice 4-2 record from the weekend. And while the ‘Jacks are still working out the kinks with this very athletic and experienced team, this final weekend should provide a great set-up before Humboldt meets their full list of conference opponents next week.

Jake Matson can be reached at 707-441-0526.

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