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Date Posted: Saturday, December 29, 12:10:59am
Author: oldtimer#1
Subject: Re: Excruciating Loss
In reply to: loyal 's message, "Excruciating Loss" on Friday, December 28, 11:04:16pm

Horrible, horrible loss. Why with a nine point lead are we rushing shots and being careless with the ball? That said let me add some things to Loyal's excellent analysis.

#1) As stated in previous games both Leon and Lampley are, as of now , below average defenders. Zone anyone? Leon was particularly poor tonight. In watching the last several games he overplays his man to the right daring him to drive left. Given this is D1 basketball Nick's man abuses him every time. If this were the NBA or if we had a quick inside presence this might be an OK strategy but...

#2) When pressed and trapped as in previous games both Leon and Lampley often pick up their dribble. Once that happens we are dead as there is no way either can pass over the top of the trap. Several turnovers tonight via that route.

#3) When Lampley came in at the 16:00 minute mark of the first half he did not replace Leon but played the #2 position. Darrell immediately drained a good looking shot from the wing. No doubt in my mind that DL is a much better shooter from the wing than the point. Also noticed, although neither Darrell or Nick were impressive tonight (each had their good and bad moments) that Darrell especially was looking to play within the team concept. Perhaps a very good omen.

#4) While the ball is getting into Todd much better we still do not look like we have a flow on offense. On several occassions Dunne called out a play and unless I'm mistaken it just never developed. The ball moves nicely but nothing ever really develops. Strange as it seems we are excellent running the break. Bad news is that we don't rebound enough to get it started. The offense still visibly lacks polish.

#5) Hogga did a few good things tonight. Finally hit his shot and was tough underneath. Problem is he's just not tall enough to be a consistent rebounding force. However, he does score offensively underneath.

Team continues to play hard but just doesn't know how to win. This loss was especially tough because it showed a lack of basketball common sense at crunch time. Plenty of blame to go around.

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[> [> Re: Excruciating Loss -- NickD, Saturday, December 29, 12:42:39am [1]

With regard to Oldtimer's last sentence I lay the blame on Dunne.. At one point in 2nd half Leon grts trapped at half court and luckily calls timeout. After the timeout he gets trapped in the same spot except this time he steps in backcourt for the turnover?? Unless Hogga was fatigued he needed to be on the floor longer than 16 minutes, The guy is a player.. Orta, the less said by me the better.

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[> [> [> Re: Excruciating Loss -- oldtimer#1, Saturday, December 29, 10:04:37am [1]

As stated above, we are very vulnerable to the zone trap. Our guards can handle but their lack of height and picking up their dribble hurts. We are only successful when Gooding and Orta help out. Gooding can jump stop over anyone and is an especially good passer in those situations. Hogga is also decent in there.

Also fail to understand why we don't zone press more. One of our strengths is our quickness but we immediately let our opponents get into their offensive sets and most of them, even FDU, show a much better offensive flow than we do, once set-up.

Finally, it seemed like we were more successful when we switched defenses in earlier games. Gooding, Orta and at times Jenkins play excellent one on one defense as does Hogga. Leon and Lampley have their moments but their height is often a disadvantage. We are getting hurt more on dribble penetration than outside shooting. Let opponents play the outside shooting game with us. Think we can hold our own. Play more zone, mix it up and throw a little zone press once in a while.

All that said we still do not look that good offensively. A positive is that we are getting the ball into Sowell much better than earlier in the season but the team still does not look in cinque. Frustrating because the talent is obviously there. Think losing and lack of confidence has become a big factor but the Staff obviously has to do some reassessment and go back to the drawing board. What we are doing is not working. Other suggestions?

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