Azusa Pacific University may be the favorite when it plays host to its first Cougar Classic in men's basketball Friday and Saturday.
Cal Poly Pomona enters the tournament with a 2-1 record, best mark in the four-team event, but Azusa Pacific (2-2) beat the Broncos, 89-88, in a non-conference game last week.
Pomona faces West Coast Christian (1-3) at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Azusa Pacific plays La Verne (1-2) at 8:30. The winners meet for the title at 8:30 Saturday and the losers play at 6:30.
Azusa Pacific has been led by 6-8 junior center Bill DesRochers, a former Glendora High standout, who is averaging 21 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. DesRochers scored 26 against Pomona.
The Cougars also count on 6-5 senior forward Alex Adams, who averages 19.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, and 6-1 junior guard Danny Scott, who averages 12.8 points and 4.8 assists.
Cougar Coach Cliff Hamlow, whose team defeated Pomona for the first time in 12 tries, is looking forward to a rematch.
"I'd like to meet Cal Poly again in our tournament," Hamlow said. "It was a great game last Saturday and this one, if it happens, has all the makings to be even better. I'm sure they want a measure of revenge and we'd like to prove ourselves again in front of the local fans."
Pomona, which won the Pomona Lions Club Classic to open its season, has a balanced attack with forwards Terry Stevens (6-4) and Zenon M (6-7), center Gregg Brofer (6-7) and guard Bill Dobbs (6-2). Stevens averages 14.3 points and Dobbs and M are averaging 11.3. Brofer is averaging 9 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
After a third-place finish in the Converse Classic at Cal State Fullerton last week, the Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball team will be matched against NCAA Division I teams in the four-team Taco Bell Classic at Fresno State this weekend.
The Broncos, defending Division II champion, take a 3-1 record into the tournament against the University of San Diego, Weber State and Fresno State.
Pomona faces Weber State (0-1) at 6 p.m. Friday and Fresno State (1-0) takes on San Diego (1-1) at 8. The championship game is at 8 Saturday.
In the Converse Classic, Pomona lost to Pepperdine (62-59) before edging Fullerton (74-73) for the consolation title.
The Broncos are expected to be aided this week by the addition of 6-0 sophomore center Marcine Edmonds, who was academically ineligible, and 5-9 junior forward Jodi Keidel, who is eligible after transferring from Marquette University.
"We've finally got a full team," Coach Darlene May said. "We're going up there (to Fresno) to improve our game with a full squad."
May has been pleased with the rapid progress of 6-2 freshman center Niki Bracken, a prep standout at Compton High, who is averaging 13 points and 7.8 rebounds.
The Broncos have been led offensively by 5-10 senior forward Debra Larsen, who averages 19 points and 13.8 rebounds, and 5-6 senior point guard Michelle McCoy, who averages 14.5 points and 6.5 assists.
Cal Poly Pomona, which finished with a 17-15 record, has placed two players on the All-California Collegiate Athletic Assn. women's volleyball team.
The Broncos landed senior left-side hitter Peggy Baker (5-7) on the first team and sophomore middle hitter Terry Dias (5-11) earned honorable mention.
In addition, sophomore middle hitter Gayle Deisinger (5-11) was one of 39 players nominated to the Academic All-American team of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Deisinger has a 3.73 grade-point average.