American – PL Game #9

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  • #4849

    LU65
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    Now that was u-g-l-y. To quote Reed, “We had offensive efficiency in the first half and then really went haywire in the second.” Like most everything the good coach says, his words are carefully chosen. Haywire…..to be mentally confused or erratic; crazy; not functioning properly; broken. Yeah Coach, you might say.

    > Will someone please make a basket?! We were inept shooting the ball, scoring 41 points in the final 32+ minutes of playing time and hitting just 10 buckets (8 two-pointers) in the second half. That’s one basket every two minutes! The 8-10 year old kids that entertain you at halftime do better than that! Going 2 for 11 with our 3’s and not scoring a point in 5+ minutes during the second half of play was nearly unwatchable. There was a time, I believe, that CJ (.379 on the night) went 0-7 (gave up counting) and had he not canned a meaningless 22 footer in the closing seconds, this would have been a 12 point drubbing to a team we “had” to beat and had led 21-10 at the second media timeout. Points do come from the foul line – something we know and excel at – but for some reason (mentally confused, erratic, crazy) we couldn’t get there in the second half. And, that’s after AU puts us in the bonus with 10 minutes to play! We finally got to the line with 2+ minutes to go. Too little, too late. As for CJ and his 29 attempts, why not? No one else, except for JH on this particular night, was lighting it up and #3 remains our best scoring option. JH? He scores a quick 11 in 10 minutes and was forgotten the rest of the way! What’s up with that? Thank goodness AU turned the ball over as often as they did (16 times leading to 16 pts.) or things would have been worse.

    > There was a point in the second half when Wroblicky, their 6’10” sophomore center, had more rebounds than the entire Lehigh team. The kid pulled down 17 for the game and scored 18 – both triple his norm! He ate Gabe and Company alive. We were out-rebounded 44 to 27. Simon McCormack, their 6’4″ guard, had more boards (6) then Knutson and Greiner together. We shot .381 from the field and come away with only 10 Offensive Rebounds! Said another way, we miss 39 field goals and come away with 10 rebounds! How is that possible?

    > Greiner is now 1 for 12 against AU this year. That’s in 50 minutes of playing time! Where are those drives to the basket? Maybe better pretend the opponents are wearing Mich. St. green.

    > Gabe, I love ya, but it was cringe time watching you miss from 2-5 foot distances.

    > Was everyone thinking ahead to their upcoming matchup with BU? Or, trying to figure out just what it’ll take to get into first or second by season’s end?

    This was a night that our players looked mindless and tight. The two factors led to miss assignments and cold shooting performances. That about sums it up.

    With five to go and hopefully three in the post- season, there’s still time. As any good Mets fan would tell you, “Ya gotta believe.”

    #4850
    RichH
    RichH
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    May be overreacting ( Well deserved rep for doing so ) but regression seems more appropriate than failure to progress. I too thought this team would be special. Since starting PL play that perception belied by their play

    #4852

    lfnadmin
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    I was just stunned that Gabe was not only getting beat by Wroblicky, but dominated. In the beginning of the season, Gabe and Greiner were doing a servicable job in rebounding, but yesterday they only got 5 rebounds between them.

    Adams seems to be willing to play his role as sixth-man rebounder – he had 5 rebounds himself. But it’s not enough when the other forwards get 5 spread out between them.

    I thought, too, Mackey McKnight’s energy seemed wild and out-of-control, too. It seemed like a microcosm of the team thus far – five players pulling the rope in five different directions. These guys need to pull in the same direction to have a chance the rest of the way.

    #4855
    ngineer
    ngineer
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    Trying to get the #2 seed all that’s left at this point. They really need a spark.

    #4857

    norcalfan
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    “And, Reed hasn’t done a very good job of getting his team into a set rotation, where players know when they are going to play, how much, and what their role should be.”

    I am disappointed that they lost, but the above quote sums up what the major problem is. When I try to say Reed needs to do a better job of getting the TEAM ready, this is what I mean. All the emphasis on the starting 5 is costing him. Greiner said it the other day, they have two sets of 5, this set of 5 has beaten them in practice. Why not put them on the floor as a group early in the year. I am disappointed to see this year fall as many have. Reed has a strong pre season record, gets to PL play, gets out coached and the players don’t know their role. What posters need to understand, the players must follow his lead or they are benched. Coaching is a huge problem. How can they be so fluid one game and blow winnable games? TEAMWORK!!! Not happening on a consistent basis.

    Gabe was handled in that game and so was Greiner. A little less of the cameras and more film and weight room. AU has some large players, but we were getting man handled for the most part. We were within 2 pts even after we lost the lead.

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    #4859

    norcalfan
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    “Adams seems to be willing to play his role as sixth-man rebounder – he had 5 rebounds himself. But it’s not enough when the other forwards get 5 spread out between them.”

    Yes he is playing his role. While he did not score much here, he helped stop some of the bleeding. Starting him in the second half, has not started all year, now expected to go in and clean up the mess.The score could have been worse. We were within 2, what the heck happened.

    Stop being comfortable Reed, mix it up. The coaches know what you are doing. Surprise someone, new lineup because they have your starting five figured out. He has two sets of 5 that if given time on the floor, could have made a difference. Five years of watching this guy stick to his guns and here we go. Ok enough I know.

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    #4861

    norcalfan
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    “May be overreacting ( Well deserved rep for doing so ) but regression seems more appropriate than failure to progress. I too thought this team would be special. Since starting PL play that perception belied by their play”

    Regression is probably most accurate. Lack of motivation might be another way to view this. If you think you are the best, why do you need to get better. That’s the problem with some. I love to watch the girl’s high school team coach. She subs a fresh five every few minutes. They attack, press and drive. They know their assignments and they are pesty, then in come the next 5 to give them a break. Barely have time to drink and catch their breath, back in the game. Someone mention speed, we have speed, we have athletes, play them!! Now I am done. I was repressing my feelings.

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