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Chico State Men’s Basketball loses first game of season

Nick Sanders
Sophomore Jojo Murphy vs. Yotes defender

No. 5 Chico State Men’s Basketball team faced a challenging defeat against the No. 4 San Bernardino Coyotes at the Wildcats home game Thursday night losing 67-70.

The Wildcats, in a highly anticipated match at their home court, encountered a difficult opponent that proved to be a tough challenge. 

The game, which unfolded in front of a hyped-up crowd at the Acker Gymnasium, ended with a disappointing loss for the Wildcats.

The Coyotes proved to be a dominant force, securing a lead early in the game scoring 38 points in the first half.

Despite valiant efforts to stage a comeback, Chico State struggled to regain control of the first half of the game.

The second half of the game had spectators on the edge of their seats as the Wildcats battled fiercely to narrow the gap but, unfortunately, fell short.

“I think in the beginning of the game we came out slow but in the second half we picked it up and came out with high energy which got us back in the game,” sophomore forward Trae Taylor said.  

The defeat on their home court served as a valuable lesson for the Wildcats, highlighting areas that require improvement as they progress through the season. 

The players are determined to use this experience as motivation to refine their skills, enhance team cohesion and develop strategies to navigate challenges on the court.

“I feel hungrier to win since we lost last night,” Taylor said. 

As the team looks ahead to upcoming matches, the focus shifts to refining their game plan, addressing weaknesses and building on their strengths.

Their next game will be Saturday at home against the Pomona Broncos (2-3). 

“We are going over film and scout for the team we play tomorrow and we are getting up shots so we can be extra ready for Saturday,” Taylor said. 

Kya Williams and Nick Sanders can be reached at [email protected]

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Kya Williams, Reporter
Kya Williams is a third year student majoring in journalism and minoring in communications. She was born in Chicago, Illinois but was raised in Santa Barbara where she began her journalism journey. This is her first semester as a staff member for The Orion and she can’t wait for a great year. Outside of reporting on news she enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends and running. 

Nick Sanders, Reporter
Nick Sanders, is going into his second semester at Chico State after finishing at Butte College last fall. He is looking forward to working for The Orion this semester. Nick hopes to learn how to become a better writer and reporter through this experience. After graduating Nick would love to work as a Sports Broadcaster for the San Diego Padres or any sports organization.

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