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carney2

@ Army - Thugball, Round 1

If we are to contend for a title, as the newspapers say, we need to stop the bleeding with these guys.  Another blowout would not be a good sign.  Frankly, I do not expect a W up there, but we need to show that we can play their game.  If we do, circle the regular season finale on February 28th in Easton and get your tickets early.
Franks Tanks

Re: @ Army - Thugball, Round 1

carney2 wrote:
If we are to contend for a title, as the newspapers say, we need to stop the bleeding with these guys.  Another blowout would not be a good sign.  Frankly, I do not expect a W up there, but we need to show that we can play their game.  If we do, circle the regular season finale on February 28th in Easton and get your tickets early.


I was rather impressed that we traded blows with NJIT as we did.  NJIT is certainly not a great team, but they are as athletic (or more athletic) as any of our conference foes.  NJIT trotted out some bug muscular dudes, and we were not overwhelmed on the boards.  Good sign.

An 8-3 OOC record must be the best we've put together in some time.  Fran's teams tend to get better as the year goes on as the offense and Fran's rotations become more refined.  It will be fun watching Fran's boys the next few months.
Kpard

Army giving up 71+ per game and most of their games were in the 70-80 pt range which should be right up our alley. Getting this one up there would be real sweet.
bethlehempard

It's a good start. No bad losses.
Don't forget though the seven D-1 teams we beat are a combined 29-50 and none have a winning record. Sacred Heart at 6-6 is the best.
The league will be tougher. I like the scheduling though.
***Edited to correct opposition record.
Andy

Pumped for this game. Go Pards!
Steve

I will be at the game, and I hope to report a post afterward.  This would be a very big win if we can get it.
Kpard

Thanks, Steve.  I am unavailable to see it on PL so that would be great. Need some bench help from Boykin and Klinewski. I'd love to see us make a statement up there. Good luck guys!
Franks Tanks

Pards up 24-13 with 11 minutes to go in the 1st half!

Colgate is crushing Lehigh.  Boston U/Cross and American/Bucknell are both on tight contests.
Franks Tanks

Lafayette 43 -33 at the half.  Keep it going.

Colgate beat Lehigh, and BU and Cross are in overtime.
SixtyEighter

I think Army pulled the plug on the game early because they were losing !  The main thing seriously is that Linder is OK and the other victims of the chippy play are also ok.
Kpard

Very nice job. Was able to catch almost all the game. Gave them a dose of their own medicine. Great win guys!
pardfan

Trist is having a very good season so far.  Playing up to the level of his sophomore yr when the Army coach said he was "the best power forward in the league."
ed65

A very big win at Army.  Hearty congrats to the players, coaches, parents and all Leopard fans who were up at West Point for the game.

This should give the team some big time momentum going into the League season.  By the way, they out-rebounded Army which is a very good thing.
Steve

After having been swept by Army the past two seasons, the team seemed very determined not to let that happen again, and played inspired basketball in a very strong overall performance.  On offense, we didn't let Army's full court pressure and their grabbing offensive players on cuts throw us off from what we wanted to do.  On defense, we seemed to focus on stopping Wilson and not giving up easy baskets inside, although in doing so, we did give up a good number of open looks on corner jump shots.  One of the biggest factors in the win was how well we rebounded on both ends of the court -- most notably, Trist, but the entire team contributed as well.  We gave up a few offensive rebounds in the first few minutes of the game, but after that we clamped down for the most part, and had a good number of offensive rebounds ourselves.  Overall, the team showed the level of mental and physical toughness that -- if they can sustain it over the course of conference play and in the tourney -- will give them a good chance to win the league this year.

Obviously we had a very good shooting game on offense, including from 3-point range, and we were phenomenal in the second half.  Although we were fortunate that our shots fell, we do have a strong range of offensive weapons, and we ran our offense and passed the ball very well to create a lot of good looks throughout the game.  With the shooters we have, if we use our offensive scheme and passing to create good shots, we're going to shoot for a high percentage much of the time.

Other than one or two turnovers early and a failed home run pass to Hinrichs very late in the game, we did not let the press affect us.  In fact, we used it on several occasions to create easy baskets.  During one of the timeouts early in the game, the coaches called for a home run pass to Seth against Army's press.  We scored on a layup, and after that, it seemed that Army kept fewer defenders deep in the backcourt on the press, contesting only the initial inbounds pass and not trying to trap off of it.  Once we inbounded the ball, Lindner never turned the ball over when they dropped back to man-to-man pressure, and Scott and Rufer also didn't let the man-to-man pressure affect them bringing the ball up the court when Nick was out.

In the halfcourt, we ran our sets very well and continued the excellent passing we've seen throughout the season.  If a team can break Army's pressure and not let the way they use their hands on D throw you off their game, Army has defensive weaknesses that can be exploited.  Our team again played very unselfishly -- always looking for the open man.  We had a slight hiccup on offense early in the second half when we overpassed the ball around the lane, leading to a couple of turnovers.   Joey had his usual strong shooting game from 3, and Scott and Rufer each knocked down a couple of threes.   Seth had another strong overall scoring game, not being dependent on the 3, but scoring on drives and pullups as well.  In the past few games, beginning in the Susquehanna game, Seth has looked for his own shot more aggressively, and I think that makes us even more dangerous on offense.  Trist was the strong presence inside that he has been all season, and he continues to avoid the foul trouble that plagued him in past seasons.  Boykins had another strong game off the bench.

On defense, we played 1-3-1 zone on the first possession, 2-3 zone for a while after that in the first half and at the very end of the game, but mostly man-to-man the rest of the game.  We did a good job defending Kyle Wilson -- especially Bryce Scott -- although I don't know whether Wilson was 100-percent coming off a recent injury.  We didn't give up a lot of easy baskets inside, although Army's guards -- especially Dylan Cox -- scored on a number of drives to the basket.  As I noted, based on how we focused on defense, we gave up a good number of open jumpers from the corner.  Army hit a couple of those jumpers very early, but then missed several of them after that, before getting hot from the corner later in the game -- especially Toomey -- although we had built up a big lead by that point.  Our players gave a good effort on D throughout the game, and as noted above, a strong effort rebounding the ball throughout the game.

Army did not back off late in the game, pressing us to the end, although they might have gotten a little discouraged by how effectively we played on offense as we built the huge lead in the second half.

Hopefully, Lindner's injury is not serious.  Judging by the intensity of his initial reaction, I wouldn't be surprised if his shoulder came out of his socket briefly.  The trainer placed a big ice pack on his shoulder, and we'll just have to hope that it's not a long-term injury.  

From the beginning, you could tell that we were highly motivated to win this game.  All the players were very into the game.  I noticed Alan Flannigan, who didn't play until the last few seconds, giving advice to his teammates throughout the game.  After the results the past two seasons against Army, yesterday's game was a gut check for the team, to show that they could overcome Army's pressure and beat them on the road.  Clearly, they responded very well to that challenge.  Hopefully, they can maintain that level of focus and intensity the rest of the way.  If they do, they will win a lot of games in our league this year.
Kpard

Great recap as always. Rufer and Boykins seem to be difference makers for this team this year. Both of their defensive play has really improved. Zach is just tenacious, pesky, and a pain in the @$$ to opponents when he's in there. Love his effort.
SixtyEighter

Does anyone have any info on Lindner's injury? Ptasinsky limped off but came back to play at the end of the game. I  checked the Allentown paper but there was only coverage of the women's game.
Andy

SixtyEighter wrote:
Does anyone have any info on Lindner's injury? Ptasinsky limped off but came back to play at the end of the game. I  checked the Allentown paper but there was only coverage of the women's game.


Joey just a cramp. Nick with ice bag on shoulder as Steve said.  I'll keep my thoughs to myself on goofy #33's mugging of Nick with under 2 mins to play down by 18.

Nice turnout of LC fans.

Bryce best game IMO since soph year.

Monty playing well, seemingly healthy and confident. Making a case for more mins but whom do you sit?  His strong and quick baseline drive in the previous game and spinning move in the lane last night is stuff we only can get from him. Fun to watch.
Steve

For what it's worth, at the trainer's instruction, Nick was able to raise both his arms straight out to shoulder level, parallel with the ground.  Hopefully, that's a good sign that the damage isn't too severe, but we'll just have to await word from our staff.

As Andy mentioned, Joey's injury just appeared to be cramping in his calf.  Although he did return to the game, he wasn't moving too well when he did, but it still didn't appear to be more than cramping.

I agree with Andy that Monty has shown nice progress this year in his offensive game.  He has been able to use his quickness well in beating his man on drives to the basket, especially along the baseline.  He also has shown much improved accuracy in his 3-point shot, hitting 45% so far this year.  If he maintains an accurate outside shot, each of those skills should complement the other, creating space for drives and for outside shots.
Andy

3. Joey Ptasinski has some outrageous offensive numbers - Ptasinski shot 45.7% and 44.9% in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, so we know he can shoot. But as I said, 56.9% with as many attempts as he’s had this season is insane. He leads the nation in eFG% (84.4) by seven full points. In fact, if you take Army’s Kevin Ferguson (who is shooting 68.9% from the field) out of the equation, Ptasinski leads the Patriot League in that category by 25 full percentage points. He also leads the nation in true shooting %. Ptasinski’s offensive rating of 151.3 is pretty much off the charts, but his usage of 12.5% doesn’t qualify him for national rank. The only bad news is they can’t stay that way, can they? Can they?

“I knew they were going to sprint at me and try to take me away,” Ptasinski said. “I’ve been working with some coaches on trying to go to the basket and finish for myself or dish from there. It worked out today nicely, and I have to do it more often now, I guess.”

http://www.nycbuckets.com/2015/01/three-thoughts-lafayette-92-army-78/
Kpard

Ok, I give up! What is eFG%?
Andy

Kpard wrote:
Ok, I give up! What is eFG%?


"Effective FG%". Extra weight given to the 3 pointer.  Who knew!!

http://www.breakthroughbasketball...ective-field-goal-percentage.html

I was wondering, too, about "usage" and why Joey doesnt qualify in that category?  Is it related to % of the team's shots an individual takes?
Kpard

I guess that is for the stat geeks. Joey P and the team is shooting very well.

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