RIVERSIDE – Officially, UC Riverside and California Baptists are calling their newly launched competition the Crosstown Showdown. Unofficially, at least in this space, it was Fight for #Riverside, and for most of the three seasons whose programs are Division I peers, CBU has dominated many performances, including the most-counted men’s basketball.
UCR responded Sunday night. The CBU had a good run in the 2018 and 19th games – the teams didn’t play last year – but this time the Mountaineers won at home with a score of 70:54, which is a record on the field. except, demonstrated potential. The strength of this relationship is between the two I Division universities of the Inner Empire.
Think about it: CBU’s fan base appeared early, and UCR filled more than half of the seats in the Student Recreation Center. Home fans filled the seats more slowly and the number of spectators listed was 884, but the back and forth noise in the middle of the game provided a great gaming environment worthy of the game.
Maybe next time they play in UCR, they will have enough demand to open the balcony.
“I played in some really hostile environment and it was great to see their support from the fans who came here,” said JP Moorman from UCR. “It will be really interesting if the opposing team can bring in a good, loyal fan base, because it will be a hostile environment for both them and us. You know, it usually doesn’t happen, the opposing team comes with a huge fan base. It was very impressive for them. ”
There is some prospect here. Moorman is a high-profile transfer from Temple. In other words, he played in Philadelphia’s long-distance competitions, angry fans in historic arenas, and a lot of civic pride, as well as success on the field. These are difficult standards to live by.
“I’ve played in the scariest competitions … I’ve played (Villanova), I’ve played in Missouri, I’ve played at Barclays (Center), I’ve played at Madison Square Garden,” he said. “We’ve played all over the country, but the thing that doesn’t change is that the name of the form doesn’t matter. I think we take such an approach in UCR. No matter who’s out there, we just have to go there and compete and put it all on the line.
The Highlanders are now 6-4, victories on the road over Arizona – Moorman’s three-quarter court buzzer-beater – and the big fears thrown at Otegon at UTEP and Eugene. But the quarrel in this neighborhood could have been a ritual. In the previous two meetings of the teams in Division I, the CBU had its way and, according to coach Mike Magpayo, insulted UCR from the start. This time, even if he was sacked for 11 days for the finals, he could have left the players logic from the start, setting his preferred tone against the Lancers from the start instead of UCR (now 8-2).
“Everything we talked about in preparation was playing with power from the tip,” Magpayo said. “We have used the word force today in about 20 different points on our keys,” he said. So I tried to make them understand that someone who has mastered the energy of the gym in the first two or three minutes will have a very good chance of winning the game.
As a non-conference game in December, it doesn’t have the same juice as a conference game. But there is something definite at stake.
UCR, which has been Division I for 21 seasons, is a public school with a tight budget and sometimes seemingly misguided approach to athletics, and in fact the entire sports program was suspended last May. that can be completely eliminated.
CBU is a private, faith-based school with unlimited ambitions and resources, a 5050-seat shiny arena and sports facilities, and has attracted the attention of many stakeholders, both potential donors and potential advertisers. The difference between the home play environment in each school is huge, but everyone is doing their best with their options.
As interim sporting director Wes Mallett noted on Sunday night, the win will bring people to their ranks. UCR hasn’t done that in years, but it could be his best team. And finally, defeating the opponent between the cities was a mammoth for reasons that could have been out of the final score. Perhaps hearts and minds were at play among those who had not yet chosen their side.
In addition, in a society where Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Sheryl, Reggie Miller and Jerry Tarkanyan can boast of starting their own business, these two programs should truly be a show worthy of the city and its basketball heritage.
“You know, I think we have a great sports community,” said CBU coach Rick Croy. “And it helps both teams have quality basketball programs. So that two of them are in the same city and there are people who appreciate the competition … There was great energy tonight, the guys clearly felt it.” And you know, I think it will continue to be built. ”
At least the fight on the court is fairer than before.
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