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Date Posted: 15:34:46 02/08/09 Sun
Author: Brian
Subject: Good crowd, good result

I was at the game yesterday. Good Rider crowd and quit a few from Siena as well. I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the Rider students without resorting to profanity, taunting and other "excessive" behavior.

Siena blew a 13 point,2nd half lead. Couldn't stop Rider's offence, they scored on 16 (yes, 16) straight possessions. I thought Fran should have had Ubiles pressure Thompson into 1 going to the hoop early in the clock or 2 giving up the ball. The worst that could have happened was Rider hits another 3 with 25 seconds to go. Either way, Siena has an opportunity to tie. By letting Rider run the clock down Siena had to get a defensive stop or lose. They couldn't stop Rider the last 10 minutes so I don't know why Fran thought they could with the game on the line.

Fran certainly deserves the benefit of any doubt. Just wondered if it crossed his mind. Rider certainly played an outstanding game. Wonder if anyone from Rider cares to comment?

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[> Re: Good crowd, good result -- Ryan, 18:11:15 02/08/09 Sun [1]

It was one of the best rider games that I have ever seen. Thought Fran could have subbed a little more in the second half. How did you like our little, cozy gym?

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[> [> Re: Good crowd, good result -- Brian, 12:38:49 02/09/09 Mon [1]

Correct about the lack of substitutions in the second half.

Your gym is a nice building but I can't believe it is your primary venue. It doesn't even hold a high school sized crowd. What happened with the SBA? Why only two games there?

BTW What's up with the PA announcer? It is common for the visiting team introductions to be a low, monotone and the home team being an over-the-top scream, but every basket, every turnover, every foul! By far the most bush league aspect of the game.

A couple of nice features; I was sitting near the band (which was very good) and there were a number of people training seeing eye dogs sitting near me. It was a nice thing, although given the size of the crowd I don't know if it was a good day for it. Secondly, I liked the cheerleaders raffling off a jar of candy to raise money. I gave them some money (as did my buddy) but declined a chance to win the candy. The cheerleader were very nice, cute, etc. Good school representatives. Speaking of school representatives, what's the deal with the blond in the VERY high heals and tight skirt? More my speed than the cheerleaders; very big league.

I'll be back next year.

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