I don't even have the words to describe what happened in the guys game tonight. Near the end we couldn't make a shot to save our soul, and the refs were, well in a word, awful. I am starting to wonder what other soul crushing ways we can use a game out there.
meant lose a game. lol.
I was not at the game and did not listen to it on the radio and consequently missed the insightful comments of Jimmy L. I only followed the live stats, so I will admit that others will have a better idea of how the game went.And as much as I hate to say it, my first thought when it was close with about 10 or so minutes to go was, "So how are we going to blow THIS one??"It looks like we didn't sub at all again in the second half until the final nine seconds when Blazek fouled out. And we were outscored 16-3 in the waning minutes, turning a six-point margin into a seven point deficit. And Ewensel said that we couldn't make a shot. Can someone say FATIGUE??Having a nice lead in the second half is a perfect time to rest your key guys for the stretch drive. Why not give some players a rest? It seems like we're sucking the strength of the guys on the floor and sucking the morale of the bench guys by not playing any of them. This is just another painful chapter in one of the most disappionting seasons in memory. Between injuries and poor decisions, this season may have gotten away from us already, and it's not even the end of January. Sigh. And by the way, the Blogger program has worked on Internet Explorer on two different computers for me now. Maybe they worked out the problem.
Just wanted to clarify something. At the bottom of the "Ironman" thread, Corey said that coach Riley has "only had two losing seasons." Corey is wrong -- Riley has had THREE -- 12-15 in 2005-06, 9-17 in 2006-07, and 13-15 in 2009-10, and this could very well be his fourth. Only two other Gannon coaches since 1960 have had losing seasons, and they only had one each -- Dave Markey was 11-14 in 1970-71, and Bob Dukiet was 10-16 in 1995-96. Dukiet was fired after his losing season, despite having had winning seasons the prior six years, and a career record of 136-67. Riley is now 114-75. So should we be happy that he has "only" had three? And possibly a fourth?
Would some one tell me who is counting the attendance at the games so I can refer them to a good eye doctor to correct their double vision.
That's because they include all season ticket holders whether they show or not. they only "click in" people purchasing tickets and students. They then add that # to the # of season ticket holders.According to Gannon, we're averaging like 1200 or so. According to what I've seen, we're averaging maybe 800, if that!
GU uses hand clicker/counters as each personenters from Peach st. That doesn't acc'tfor those students who enter from Waldron.GU currently leads in ave att with 1224 followed by IUP 1001, Cal 891. MHU is 5th at 459 and EUP 11th with an ave of 347.
students can't enter through waldron, the doors are locked.
the problem with Riley's obsession with defense shows up in a tight game like last night. Opposing coaches have figured out that Gannon obviously does not practice running a set offense and therefore when crunch time comes the opposition doubles Blanton and leaves the rest of the Gannon players standing around waiting to see what he will do. Or Gannon swings the ball back and forth around the perimeter until we run the shot clockdown and then force a shot into the double team if we even get the shot off. Riley says we need more stops but when we hold the opposition to under 40% shooting any division 2 team should be able to win with a normal amount of shots taken.
Yeah, Mike, when you combine that with players that are too leg-weary to work to get a good shot off, it's tough to score at the end when the opposition turns up their defense. That results in poorly-selected shot attempts like those that you saw at the end by GU last night. Sadly, with the depleted bench, there's little that can be done about it now. It is no surprise that opposition coaches have figured out GU's offense. They have been using largely the same sets since Reilly got here. When you have maybe one player that can get his own shot consistently and the offense isn't generating many good scoring chances, you have a problem. I agree that the defense is more than adequate, but the offense certainly isn't anywhere close.Even more disturbing is the Battle situation. Was told by the player that he was cleared to play and many others have corroborated that fact, yet the coach says he's out for the year?!? Huh? Did anyone tell Steph? Hello! Aren't these 2 talking to each other?This type of thing makes GU fans really unhappy, and, I would guess, makes the player even more unhappy. Let the transfer rumors begin!
From what I was told by some student I know from Gannon, that are friends with basketball players, he was cleared for LIMITED PRACTICE, not play yet. They said he's still rehabbing the knee and doing PT for it, but is allowed to start doing some of the things the team does in practice and then will be re-evaluated. If this is true, then I can see the statement "probably done for the season" being applicable because if he's cleared to play in only 2 games, would the team really want to risk him injuring it more?