Dawgs fall to Hornets in 1st loss of the season

Just got back from Holmdel after witnessing a rather surprising loss.  I figured that after a shaky start against Matawan, this team would come out fired up and ready to blow Holmdel out of the gym.  Alas, this was not the case, and the Hornets came away with a 51-40 victory.

Couple of quick hits from the game:

1) Rumson-FH is struggling on offense right now.  Lots of good dribble penetration followed by poor finishing.  I’d love to see some more dribble-drives followed by kick-outs to an open shooter for a 3.

2) I liked what I saw out of Justin Hook tonight.  He didn’t do anything flashy, but quietly scored 11 points, in addition to the rebounds and blocks that he’s always consistent with.  Hook could definitely be that third option on offense behind Matt Blumel and James LeCardi.

3) Defensively, the Dawgs had no answer for Eric Shirvanian of Holmdel.  The kid shot 9-16 from the field, with 5 out of those 9 being 3-pointers.  He was hitting from everywhere, including a buzzer beater just before halftime.  Every time RFH came up with a big bucket, it seemed like it was Shirvanian that answered for Holmdel.

4) Moving into the next few games, I am most interested in seeing how this team responds.  This next 3-5 game stretch is an opportunity for players, coaches, and fans alike to see the character of this team.  How will they respond? The upcoming tournament will be a great test for this squad.

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