Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thoughts from last night

In case you missed it, and consider yourself one of the lucky few, the Mount fell in Minnesota last night 85-56.

I guess the loss was to be expected it was just the performance, particularly the first half one that left me so disappointed. The Mount trailed 51-18 at intermission, but true to its character it didn't quit, they played hard and won the second half 38-34. Still, I'd like to see that second half first.

  • I know the Mount is severely shorthanded right now. Last night did bring the return of Kristijan Krajina from his three game suspension. Lamar Trice will be back shortly, but don't expect to see him Annapolis.
  • The problems in the first half were two fold. First off the Mount had problems against the Minnesota pressure. And secondly when the Mount did get a stop defensively they failed to rebound. And the possession doesn't end until the ball is rebounded.
  • After rebounding well in the first two games, especially in the win at Hartford, that has been a real problem the last two games.
  • Freshman Kelvin Parker continues to impress. The non-scholarship player made his first start last night and tallied 13 points to go along with two rebounds, an assist and a block. Parker made 3-of-5 three-pointers and has shown an ability to knock down the open jumper. I knew Parker was extremely athletic and by all accounts a scorer. But I have been surprised by his long range scoring ability.
  • Danny Thompson continued to impress early this season. He scored 14 points, including the first ten for the Mount.
I still believe this team will get better as the season wears on, and better days are clearly ahead for the Mount and its basketball team. And do I give the players credit for playing hard and fighting through a lot of what has hindered things in the early going. 

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