Date Posted:Friday, February 27, 10:21:08pm Author: Cindy Crawford Subject: Pieces in a puzzle.
You are going to win most games when you hold your opponent to 48 points. The Peacocks did this with excellent team defense. Every time a man was beat, there was a teammate there to pick him up. With the exception of Springer whose large presence in the paint allowed for numerous putbacks on the way to his 7-13 night...good thing he was horrible at the line 4-10,the Peacocks held the rest of the Gaels to a 21% field goal percentage.
Of note on the current successful run SPC has really improved defending and contesting the three....a long way from Rider at the Rock.
Given that kind of D,the "Holy Trinity" of Jenkins in the first half with 16,and Leon with 17 in the second stanza,and Ryan's second half dozen for 13 were enough.
Also of note was the consistency and poise the maturing Peacocks now exhibit.Leading wire to wire,everytime Iona made a move SPC answered the call.
Other highlights were Jenkins 11 boards,Ryan's four blocks,and Akeem's slashes to the hoop.
Focus on Sunday.Escape the PIG.
Nice to see double digit wins that has the naysayers hiding.
#1) Coaching staff had the team very well prepared defensively. Players knew where to be and how to defend as a team.
#2) Ryan is not only a shot blocker par excellance but just the awareness of his presence is now causing opponents to alter or miss shots.
#3) Interesting by-play. JD was very annimated in his coaching tonight. He was really into the game. With less than two minutes remaining and Iona still with an outside chance, the following happened: Two made foul shots by Iona. Iona goes into full court press. Gooding (exactly the right man to inbound) has difficulty inbounding. Dunne calls timeout from the bench, avoiding the five second violation. As the team come to the huddle JD yells at the entire unit "run the play". Obviously, they were not positioned properly nor did they run the designed play.
Timeout is over, Gooding fakes to Jenkins coming to the ball, runs the entire baseline and hit an open Leon who is fouled. As Gooding walks by the bench JD gives him "five", implying job well done. Nice to see the players execute, get the rewards and recognition from the coach. Job well done by all.
Re: Pieces in a puzzle. -- loyal, Friday, February 27, 11:24:50pm 
1. Bacon had a huge impact on the game, even beyond his good stat line.....he defended the paint in a way no SPC player has in recent memory....altering Iona shots all night long. If Ryan continues to improve, he will become a very, very special player for SPC. My analogy is a more fundamentally sound Jamie Sowers..........with a work ethic.
2. Leon created many scoring opportunities for himself in the second half when Iona focused more on Wesley. All I can say is....only Oldtimer had it right.
3. Wesley carried SPC in the first half...15 of our 23 points!
Next few years may shape up pretty well, for the following reason...tonight, Iona's bench outscored ours 20-0. Most nights, opponents outscore our bench by 10-15 points, at a minimum.
Hey, Costner, Hill, Hall, Reid etc. are eligible to improve and they may do so....not knocking them....but if you substitute an average MAAC level players performance (Conley? Belin?)and remove the stats of rotation players 6-8, our club takes a quantum leap....as our subs performance this year has generally been poor, with random exceptions. If Conley and Belin are only "solid" players, vs. "very good".....the team takes a major step forward next year.
Let's take the Jaspers, avoid the PIG and match up with Rider next Saturday night at 9:30PM....playing with house money.
Truly outstanding defensive effort tonight by the team mixing match up zone at times with strong man to man defense. Defense created some offense and it was enough to pull through. Nice job game planning by the coaches and executing by the team. Putting Ryan Bacon at times on a penetrating guard disrupting Iona's flow was a very nice move similar to what he did in the Marist game.
C.J. Reed was not suited up tonight but was in the crowd. Appears Mumford is gone. kudos to the staff and team for the fine second half of the season. Let's put the finishing touch on it and win Sunday to avoid the PIG.Would be a nice cap off to the year.
Also must comment on the outstanding play of Nick Leon in the second half and under pressure at the point down the stretch. The improvement in his game over the course of this year has truly been a pleasure to watch. Wesley was red hot in the first half made some great shots,held scoreless in the second half when hampered by fouls but very nice overall game.
Shot blocking presence of Ryan Bacon truly a force underneath and anchors the defense allowing our guards to overplay the passing lanes a bit knowing if they get beat on a drive Bacon is there to close it down.