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Date Posted: 11:11:53 02/07/17 Tue
I've had a chance to watch the final few minutes of the H-P game on ESPN3. A couple of thoughts:
Down three points with nine seconds left, Princeton's Myles Stephens passed up an open three-point attempt in favor of driving to the basket. Granted, he had what looked like an open path to the hoop but, with only nine ticks left in the game, I think he's got to take the shot from long-distance. Even a made lay-up leaves you down one with six seconds left. That's not enough time to make a drive superior to an open look for the tie.
Given Stephens' poor decision to drive to the rim with so little time left, there was only one bad option for Harvard: trying to contest the lay-up. And that is exactly what Justin Bassey did, sliding into the restricted area and committing the blocking foul. To me, that shows he's just not aware of the game situation. He was simply reacting, not thinking through a rational act. That's not a good look for the so-called scholar-athletes of the Ivy League.
Next, I noticed that Harvard had Lewis, Bassey and Johnson on the lane for Stephens' free throw attempt. Where was Edosomwan? Zena was the biggest, baddest guy on the floor. Not the most efficient but, for one critical rebound, I would have thought Amaker would choose to pair him with Lewis. As it was, Steven Cook out-jumped all three Harvard players under the basket to grab the rebound. Amazing feat.
Finally, I loved the play Amaker drew up for the final shot after Cook's put back. Corey Johnson had a good, clean look from just outside the arc. But he had jumped toward Lewis to receive the pass and his sideways momentum led to the shot being off target.
Fortunately for Stephens and Bassey, their bad decisions were soon swamped by the bad decisions made by Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn the next day. Worst decision-making ever in a Super Bowl. The Falcons deserved to lose.
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