CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team is set to begin its 2018 season with their home opener against non-conference opponent Biola on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m.
The Sagehens ended last season with a 15-12 overall record and 12-4 in conference play. Pomona-Pitzer made an appearance in the SCIAC Championship where they fell to CMS. The Sagehens were picked on top of the conference for the 2018-19 season by the SCIAC Coaches' Poll as they return some top talent this year.
Pomona-Pitzer returns two seniors this season in Daniel Rosenbaum and Corbin Koch, both of which have earned First Team All-SCIAC honors in their collegiate careers. Rosenbaum is coming off of an All-Conference season last year where he averaged 15.6 points per game and led the Sagehens with 6.9 rebounds per game. Koch will play guard this season for the Sagehens and will be a big factor in the offense. Koch averaged 10.0 points per game last season and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Five juniors make up the largest class for the Sagehens this season. Micah Elan returns to run point this season after having a breakout season in 2017. Elan led the Sagehens in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Elan also led the Sagehens in assists with 3.9 per game and steals with 1.3 per contest.
Adam Rees returns as a guard/forward combo that will see time in the starting lineup this season. Rees gives the Sagehens a threat from beyond the arc and registered a perfect game last season with a 10-10 performance from the field and 6-6 from beyond the arc. Rees averaged 10.1 points per game last year and shot 42.4% from three.
James Kelbert will return to the Sagehens as a key sixth man for the Sagehens. The versatile guard/forward combo gives Pomona-Pitzer an immediate spark of energy off of the bench and is always a threat on defensive. Kelbert averaged 5.1 point per game and averages just about one steal per contest.
Jack Boyle and Matthew Paik will help the Sagehens off of the bench this season. Boyle appeared in 27 games last season and is a big scoring threat off of the bench. He had two games with 10 points last season and is a three-point threat for the Sagehens. Paik returns to the Sagehen basketball team this season as well as a guard. He appeared in eight games his freshman year and will look to work his way into the rotation for this season.
A trio of bigs make up the sophomore class this season with Winston Nelson, Alex Preston and Pavle Rohalj. Preston appeared in 25 games off of the bench last season and averaged 7.1 points per game. Preston was a big addition for the Sagehens last season and gave them a presence in the key. Nelson appeared in 19 games last season and gave the Sagehens a flexible position at the four and five spots. He averaged 3.7 points per game and will look to see more time this season working his way into the rotation. Rohalj came on last season for the Sagehens in 12 games as a center. Rohalj stands 6-10 and will be an impact player for the Sagehens off of the bench this season.
Pomona-Pitzer brings in five new players this season to form its freshman class. The freshmen will look to work themselves into the lineup this season with the addition of guards Luke Armstrong, Stephen Blomstrom and Jayden DePina and forwards Matthew Eberle and Lucas Harris.
The Sagehens begin their season this Saturday at home at 7:00 p.m.