"Who knows? Maybe a month or two ago we would've been fighting back and John might have been suspended," said Schachter, who saw Kaluz get ejected from a game in January after receiving two technical fouls in a game that forced him to sit out the next game. "That just speaks volumes for how we've progressed. The guys have really … matured.
"It was by far [John's] best game of the year, and what a better time to have it."
Joyce came out fired up, no rust after CdM received a first-round bye.
He scored six points, lifting his team to a 17-4 lead. He took advantage of single coverage early as Palm Springs double-teamed Kaluz any chance he touched the ball near the paint.
Then the defense collapsed on both big men, forcing others to beat Palm Springs. It worked, as CdM only took a 30-26 advantage into halftime.