Warriors top Dawgs in Bayshore finale

Hope everyone is having a good holiday season, whether it be spending time with family and friends, or watching the plethora of college football bowl games on ESPN.  Anyone tune into Rutger’s 29-23 win over North Carolina St. in the PapaJohns.com Bowl on Monday afternoon?  Awesome game, and a great way to end a season that appeared to be over after six games as the Scarlet Knights started out 1-5.

Alright, onto the most recent boys basketball game, a rather uninspiring loss to say the least.  In the final game of the Bayshore Holiday Tournament, the Curtis Warriors pummeled the Dawgs by a final score of 59-44.  The deficit would have been in the 20s if it weren’t for a pair of 3s by junior Lucas Glass (who, by the way, was very impressive, scoring 8 points in about 3 minutes of action) in garbage time.

From my vantage point, I saw a team that came out fired up and ready to play, but quickly lost that edge once Curtis went up by 10 points.  In a game like basketball, where points can be put on the board in a hurry, it is so important for the players not to scoreboard watch and simply play the game.  It was clear that RFH got nervous once the Curtis lead went into double-digits, even though they were playing quite well during the first quarter and a half.

There are two very telling stats from this game that I’d like to share.

1) 100%Justin Hook’s shooting percentage in the first quarter.  Hook took 4 shots and drained each one of them, all while being guarded by Curtis’ best player, Halil Kawacevik. He finished the first quarter with 9 points. Over the course of the rest of the game, Hook only took 5 more shots, making two of them.  Why only 5 more shots for the big man, after he was so dominant in the first quarter?  I’d love to see Hook more involved in the flow of the offense, as I think he was underutilized against the Warriors.

2) 7-23 – The combined field goal numbers for starting guards Matt Blumel, James LeCardi, and Jordan Iarussi.  I am sure this group is well aware that they had an off night as far as shooting goes.  Which brings me back to my last point; when the shots aren’t falling from deep, why not get it down low for some easy lay-ups?  I know that’s not as easy as it sounds on paper, but at least give it a shot, right?

Stepping away from boys side of things, a congratulations is due for the girls basketball team for their come from behind victory in the championship game of the WOBM Christmas Classic.  This team has impressed so far, but honestly, is anyone surprised?  After four years at RFH, I take for granted a solid girls basketball team.

That’s enough out of me for now.  Enjoy New Years, and I’ll see you in 2009!

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