I am so fired up for this game, we just got to win and beat these guys, can’t let the season end at the hands of the leopards. What are the keys to the game? Sure there are a ton, but here are just a couple.
1.) Stop Johnson – guy is unconscious in 6 game winning streak, 44 for 65 overall from the field and 10 for 18 from 3 point land. Tony smoked us last time we played them, 10-12 from the field, 5-5 from 3, and 4-4 from the line. We kept going under ball screens and Tony kept hitting triples. We got to find a way to slow this guy down, mix different guys on him and do whatever it takes to try to get this guy off his game. Hopefully Mackey uses 2nd team all PL as motivation and has a huge game, Mackey has to cancel out Tony, absolutely has to. Over last 7 game MM is 25 for 64 and averaging a shade over 9 points per game. Need a big game from MM, he has to be an animal.
2.) Need to try to force the ball down low to Gabe and Holden in the paint. Work Gabe off the post nd try to free Holden up to operate down low vs smaller defender or take some guys off dribble on the perimeter. I recall us dominating the paint in the second matchup for much of the game, and I’d like to see that continue tomorrow. Both Gabe and Holden had big games a few weeks ago in Easton, and they need to continue their ways again tomorrow.
3.) 3 point game – we got to hit the 3 tomorrow, it has been a strength all year, and when we got open looks we got to knock them down. We were 4 for 15 in Easton and 8 for 22 in Bethlehem in that ugly game in January. Laf has shot 21 of 56 from 3 in our two games. Got to try to slow down the 3 point game by Lafayette, they are 56 for 123 or 45.5% over 6 game win streak. Got to get out on shooters. If Laf slumps from 3 and just has an off night shooting I think we win this game. If we can equal them in 3 point production tomorrow, we should be in good shape.
Let’s get a big win on the road and make this a one game season again on Wednesday for the chance at 3 rings for the seniors!