Blessing in Disguise

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    Anytime you lose one of your senior players 4 1/2 games into the season – no less one of your co-captains and a preseason selection to the league’s 1st Team – you might expect the team to get off to a rocky start. Like everyone else who cheers on the Mountain Hawks, we hope Zahir Carrington returns to the lineup soon but not before he’s ready to do battle when the games count on January 9th. But, since going down with that knee sprain, the big guy’s absence has strangely enough been a blessing in disguise. Look what has happened……….

    freshmen Gabe Knutson (6.8 ppg / 24.0 mpg) and Holden Grainer (7.0 ppg / 16.7 mpg) have had a chance to prove themselves worthy of play – NOW and not later.

    sophomores Justin Mineri, John Adams and Jordan Hamilton together with senior David Safstrom have had an opportunity to log additional minutes over the course of the first 8 game compared to their ’08-’09 season averages (40.5 vs. 28.8) and, as a group, score more points each night (16.9 ppg vs. 4.7 ppg).

    the team has matured beyond its years and found an inside game not to mention greater scoring balance with its forwards/centers contributing 52.9% of the points scored each night (36.9 of 69.8) when compared to only 41.3% of the team’s nightly production last year (26.4 of 63.9).

    Now, if only…………

    our point guard due of Marquis Hall and Prentice Small – arguably one of if not the best in the league – can continue to find the open man and limit their turnovers (combined average of 8.3 assists to 3.4 turnovers per game)

    and

    our experienced 2G’s (Keefer, Buchberger, and Ojo) hit with just a little greater consistency – presently .396 FG%

    and

    our freshman 2G, CJ McCollum, who is off to an unbelievable start averaging 13.0 ppg, discovers – as he did in his most recent outing – that there are points waiting for him at the free throw line (.833 FT%) should he choose to drive the lane and not live or die on his outside shooting (.356 FG%)

    we’ll content for the title this year in the PL.

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