Falcons face Broncos in Cable Car Classic championship clash
Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) – The Santa Clara Broncos are the host team of
the Cable Car Classic, and they will attempt to upset the 23rd-ranked Air
Force Falcons in the championship game of the event.
Last night, Air Force was impressive as usual in a 66-52 victory over a solid
George Washington team that enabled the club to advance to this title
matchup. The Falcons are now 12-1 overall and have won eight games in a row
since their only loss, a 15-point setback to national powerhouse Duke.
Santa Clara had no trouble getting past Colgate last night, as a strong
defensive effort led to a 53-39 win. The Broncos have now won two straight
games and five of their last six overall to improve to 10-4, and they own a
7-1 mark at home.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between Air Force and Santa Clara in
In yesterday’s 14-point win over George Washington, Air Force shot 50 percent
from the floor, including an 11-of-25 effort from three-point range. The
Falcons also hit all nine of their free throws and battled the Colonials to a
near draw on the boards. Leading the way offensively for Air Force was Jacob
Burtschi, as he netted 21 points for what may be the nation’s most disciplined
and fundamentally sound team. Dan Nwaelele pitched in 19 points, including 14
in the decisive second half. Air Force actually trailed by one point at
intermission before dominating play over the final 20 minutes. The Falcons are
scoring 75.3 ppg on 53.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 44.9
percent from three-point range. They are also limiting opponents to 53.8 ppg
on 40.5 percent efficiency from the field. Nwaelele leads the club with 14.6
ppg, and five players in all are averaging double figures offensively.
The Broncos are scoring 68.2 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 61.4
ppg on 39.1 percent shooting from the floor. Danny Pariseau is the top scorer
for Santa Clara with a modest 10.9 ppg, and Sean Denison is close behind with
10.4 ppg. Against Colgate, Pariseau posted 11 points to lead the charge, while
John Bryant pitched in with 10 points and nine rebounds. Calvin Johnson also
had 10 points for the Broncos, who shot a respectable 45.8 percent from the
floor and earned a 33-22 rebounding advantage. Clearly, the game was won at the
defensive end of the court, as Santa Clara limited its overmatched opponent to
34.1 percent shooting from the field.