Sunday, January 02, 2011

Imrpessive start to 2011 for basketball

After the loss to URI, I said this team has shown an ability to put losses behind them. Well they put the loss to the Rams behind them in a big way. BC thrashed South Carolina 85-70 in a game that wasn't even as close as the score indicated. It was really a complete game. Any 'dislike' I put down would be a complete nitpick. Here are some thoughts on the game.

-- Trapani is hot
. A complete game. He made some 3s. Some putbacks. Some layups. He also was solid defensively. Joe is consistently good and occasionally great. Let's hope we see more greatness down the stretch.
-- Smart passing on the press. South Carolina pressed at points and we shreddded it. The final turnover number is a bit deceiving since a few came late. Paris, Jackson, and Trapani were solid with their ball handling.
-- Good minutes from Moton. The freshman has been a weak link this season. Saturday wasn't a stellar performance, but it was improvement. He made some good decisions and played good D.
-- Getting some simple points off of inbounds. The inbounds plays were a source of frustration for a long time under Skinner. Not only is it not an issue, but we are able to get some easy baskets now.

This was the most complete game of Donahue's tenure at BC. Let's hope plenty of BC fans saw it and get on the bandwagon. We need Conte to be rocking this winter.


Anonymous said...

I was at the game and we simply dominated USC on their floor. Energy level was impressive. This is and will be a fun team to watch.

Mr. Tambourine MAn said...

Game reminded me a lot of the Cal game where we were playing a talented, but very inexperienced team. Once we went on a run, they got out of their offense and started to try and take us one on one, forced 3s, etc. This allowed us to mask some of our defensive flaws and blow them out.

Our offense can compete with anyone, but when we match up against a team that it is too inexperienced to be disciplined in finding holes in our weaker defense, especially if they get frustrated by one of our inevitable runs, I think we'll see similar blow outs. Completely agree that this wasn't nearly as close as the score.

I was once again impressed by Jackson, when he's on his game, he's completely in control of the offense. Stays within the offense, but then takes advantage when the defense loses focus with quick slashes to the rim. The coast to coast delayed break where the opponent has equal numbers, but never picks him up effectively and he just keeps going to the rim is beautiful thing to behold.

I think its important to note that Skinner handing over the PG reigns last year and forcing him to slow down his game and play within the flex has something to do with his great progress this year. Probably spent the year playing outside his comfort level, and we all watched the growing pains which could be tantalizing and frustrating, but I think he really benefitted from the experience and expanded his game because of it.

Unknown said...

in bounds play were a frustration with skinner, non-existent with Jimmy O, did Williams or Davis run them,.......Zuffelato???