November 30, 2013 at 10:48 am #12474
We return to Stabler Arena tomorrow @ 2pm to face a team we’re every bit capable of beating – the Northeast Conference’s Pioneers of Sacred Heart. This will be our first of five games to be played against NEC foes befor embarking on PL play the 2nd of January. SFU, LIU, Quinnipiac, and Bryant will soon follow.
How Pomeroy sees it……….
Sacred Heart (1-5) Ranked 230th
NEC (25th ranked)
Lehigh (2-5) Ranked 208th
Patriot (17th ranked)
LU wins 76-70 (71% chance)
A quick glance at the Pioneers’ schedule shows them to have a 12 point road win over Fordham (their 1st over an A-10 opponent) just 10 days following their 2OT loss to Holy Cross. It was also Coach Latino first career win at the helm of the Pioneers. I remind you that we fell to the Rams of Fordham in the Bronx by eight just days after the Pioneer win. Of still greater interest is Sacred Heart’s 8 point overtime loss to the 79th ranked Eagles of Boston College in their last game. That game is available on ESPN replay at: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/id/1216653
Sacred Heart will undoubtedly roll out: 1 senior, 2 RS juniors, 1 junior, and 1 RS freshman. Unless I see AD and SC in uniform the edge here goes to Sacred Heart.
As for height, only one Pioneer tops 6’5”. That’s their 6’11” center, Cole Walton who, despite his size, is averaging just 1.2 ppg / 3.2prg. He was held scoreless in their last game against BC. While our national rebounding rankings (337th Defensive and 318th Offensive) are nothing to be proud of, it appears Kempton and Company have begun to turn it around with 64 boards in the last 2 games and should be able to out-duel Wilson and friends. Edge: Lehigh.
We await the Game Notes from each school.December 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm #12484
It is December 1st so hard to call it a must win, but it sure would be nice to win this one at home. Should be a good game.December 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm #12485
When I predicted 5-8 OOC record, I had this down as a W, but this is going to be tough, we’ll see what lessons learned in November help the team in December. Good measuring stick to see where we are at relative to HC who beat SH earlier this year per ’65.December 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm #12486
Lehigh notes are up; still not finding anything on Sacred Heart site. Thanksgiving break, I suppose.December 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm #12488
Well despite being shorthanded, this was perhaps the most impressive game of the season for a young mountain hawks team. Missing AD, SC, CB, and DC it would not matter as LU jumped on SHU from the opening tip and never looked back. Opening a big lead early behind JC, it never stopped all night long. JC had a career game, with 26/15 and probably 2/3 blocks to go along with his best game of his young career. Let’s not forget, the guy is playing in his 8th college game. He looked good today, was hanging around in the post a bit more then usual, challenged on defensive end, and hit 3 balls and mid range jumpers, as well as a few putbacks off his teammates misses. Career day in front of his mum from England. CS was hot in 1st half, getting a lot of good open looks and he buried them, I think had 11 at the half, another good game for CS. Mackey was the maestro man with a double double and career high 11 dimes, he was effective and at his best getting others involved. Kempton scored a bit early and then very late, but ended up in double figures. Whitfield, showed very very well again, mr versatility was in full effect today. Ended with 9/6, both career highs, but it was the different ways he effects a game that standout to you when watching. He went coast to coast twice off either defensive rebounds or steals and finished at the rim. He had a nice post up move that he drew contact on, and had a nice 17 foot step back jumper that fell. He rebounded in traffic with authority and he had a couple other nice passes that his guys didn’t finish, so his assists could have easily been 4 or 5. He was the only contribution off the bench, as MS and JG did nothing of note really. SW is pushing AP to bench, eating into AP minute and being that swing man at the 3 spot. Look at minute last few games for SW and AP, AP has been very quiet post his big first two games. Good win, SHU had played some good games so far, so nice win a home to hold serve at Stabler.December 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm #12489
A very intimate crowd charitably recorded as 941 in the box score. Interesting contrast of choppy, sloppy, and extraordinary intervals in this game for this very young team. In a welcome sign of things to come, JC made it clear from the very beginning that he would own the boards while he was in, and he was in for 37 minutes. I totally agree with Hoops on SW. Seems to be gaining confidence and aggressively attacking at both ends. Could end up being the surprise of this class. I think TK was a victim of the scouting report. Sacred Heart swarmed to him whenever he got a touch and he seemed to force a lot in those situations. MM & CS great games in their usual rolls, orchestrating, hustling, scoring. Meanwhile, AP seems scared to make a mistake. We’ve seen his move to the basket and his shot from time to time in earlier games and I think he’s a real talent, but he’s got to let it fly and not be so timid. The usual question after a very positive game like this is; how good is Sacred Heart? Unexpected question: what happened to CB? He was in street close……December 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm #12491
CB hurt knee in sdsu game, expected to be short term not long term, but no clue if that’s a week or four.December 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm #12492
Good stuff jimk!
We all should also keep in mind, SW only just now about 11 full months post-injury, because I think he hurt the leg last December. Saw tweet from SW to his brother and coach that he is “getting it back in due time”, meaning he’s probably still rounding out into his true form, either way he is gaining confidence and looks good out there, he has a great feel for the game, should be exciting to see him grow over next few years.December 2, 2013 at 2:19 am #12494
I got to see my second game live today. Here are my impressions for what it’s worth.
JC..Superb game. The difference between this game and many of the others was attitude. Granted, Sacred Heart is not Pitt, Minnesota or even a mid level Patriot League team but he played extremely hard.Someone said that he may be a 3 in a 4s body. Based on this game alone, he may be a 5 in a 4s body. He played extended minutes at the 5 when TK sat and controlled the paint like I hadn’t seen in years both offensively and defensively. Besides the points, rebounds and blocks, he altered a ton of other shots and went up hard for boards.
TK..No change IMHO. He still has A+ post moves but there is a growth curve to take place. He needs to understand that it is more than OK to kick the ball back out when there is nothing inside. When guys are collapsing on him, others are wide open. He still needs to elevate and work on his hands. This is no disrespect. He is going to be a star in this league but for now, he needs to keep learning and improving.
MM…showed me what a floor leader he was today. Very vocal. Consistently found the open guy. Can score in a lot of ways
CS…Perhaps the most consistently solid guy on the court. Shot well today. Doesn’t make many mistakes. Type of player every team needs.
SW….Shane has absolutely zero confidence in his outside shot. Hesitates a lot in wide open looks and it cost him…however…he found some confidence taking it to the hole today and he was impressive doing it. What I like the most however was that he hit the boards hard. I think JC may have been a bit contagious.
AP..Has taken a major step backward. He seems to have taken on the SC role I had predicted and I’m not sure why. Offensively, 72% of his attempts have been 3s. He has 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 8 games. This game, I was even unimpressed with his defense. He plays well off the ball, leaving several wide open 3s and got burned a couple of times on backdoor plays. This is in contrast to the guy I saw play against Rider, who appeared to have a good handle and played heady defense. He is young however and will adapt.
JG…played limited minutes due to early foul trouble but I thought played hard and pinned one ball against the glass. Stats didn’t reflect his play IMHO.
MS…reminds me a lot of MM but needs to adjust to the college game. I’m anxious to watch him mature. Also played limited minutes.December 2, 2013 at 2:52 am #12495
Just a side note on Miles. Dragged out shopping today, Someone told her Giants weren’t on and out the door we went. One good thing, saw Sporting News Bball mag. Miles was picked as necomer of the year for PL
December 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm #12498
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I haven’t watched this game yet, but plan to watch the archive replay.
One note on AP though, was in the first few games he was VERY aggressive looking for his shot. Sometimes they were bad shots, but I liked the aggressiveness since we didn’t really have a perimeter scorer (AD a glue guy and injured, SC purely a shooter, CS had been a role player, and MM is more of a facilitator). I liked AP looking to score. He needed to fill out his game more, with help on the boards and trying to penetrate more, but I liked his start. Disappointed to see his attempts drop so much over the last few games. I’d like to see average somewhere in the 8-10 shots a game range over the course of the year. Right now he is at 8 a game, but only 14 attempts over his last 3 games.
Really like the way SW is coming on. I totally buy that he is still getting back into the flow after his injuries. If he can develop a consistent outside shot, he could be a star in the PL.
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