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Date Posted: 14:28:08 02/11/17 Sat
That is a very plausible explanation for not using Zena on the Stephens foul shot.
It's a reasonable consideration and you must be correct because it's the only rationale which makes sense. Nevertheless, I still disagree with Amaker's decision because there were only six seconds left. If a rebound is available after a miss, there will only be three or four seconds left after the inevitable scrum.
With that little time left, I would place such a high priority on getting the rebound that I would be willing to tolerate giving the Tigers a final chance with two or three seconds left after Zena misses his free throw. Ironically, it's almost preferable to make Princeton go the length of the court after a defensive rebound on their own end than to let the Tigers inbound the ball with a set play. Harvard might actually prefer to have Zena miss, giving Princeton the rebound down one than have, say, Johnson make two but give Princeton a set play with three seconds left.
Either way, I think you are correct John Harvard. That must have been Amaker's thought process. Although by the same reasoning, Lewis is a huge liability out there as well. He had just clanked two free throw attempts a couple of possessions ago.
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