Wednesday, March 02, 2016

So close...

BC lost to NC State by one on a last-second layup off an inbounds play under the basket. That one sentence doesn't capture how painful and frustrating the final second was. The only reason NC State had the ball was because BC guys scrambled for a it after the Wolfpack missed multiple shots in the final seconds. The hustle in the closing minutes was admirable but still not enough as BC missed foul shots and rebounds that could have closed out the game. 

The good news is that the team looked better with Robinson and Turner back. The offense had more life and both added to the defense. Carter was a net-negative, but even he made a few plays down the stretch. With more talent back, Christian went with a shorter bench and BC led for most of the game. There were some dumb plays down the stretch, but the team played hard.

There's one chance left to win. Tonight's effort shows it can be done. Now we just need the breaks to go our way.

13 comments:

Calleb Yurish said...

I was very impressed with Turner tonight. Highest rated recruit since Craig Smith, and I think he can become a Smith like force in this conference.
Robinson played well too, but make your free throws! If he knocks down two more, we have our first conference win. Not sure if it was jitters in returning to action in front of the hometown crowd or what, but I'm sure he will grow from this. I do think strength and conditioning is a factor in how we play down the stretch, guys legs seem to get tired which leads to poor shooting late in games, I'm sure these kids will return to the court much stronger next year though.
Eli Carter did some nice things, although his bad shots and dumb plays at times KILL us.

All in all, this was a heartbreaker but I hope moments like these serve as motivation for the players to work their asses off this offseason.

I tip my hat to JC and co. Its not easy taking a young group like this in a hostile environment ready to win after starting 0-16. They played with an ACC opponent for 39 minutes and 58.9 seconds tonight, they just need to FINISH. Maybe they will Saturday.

These kids deserve a win.

LongLiveShea said...

Turner and Robinson not only made a difference in the team but also looked improved in many ways. I really like the chemistry between those two and SBT on the fast break - when NCST got back, rather than force the issue they move the ball around the arc quickly and get transition threes - all three can shoot. Like a poor man's Golden State transition.

Tim said...

You wouldn't know it by reading this blog, but the women's basketball team won their first ACC tournament game yesterday, thumping Virginia Tech by 12 points. They will face NCSU today.

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Hoib said...

Robinson blew the play, how does he not shade the guy on the inside. Good news is he's a fresh. and I'm sure he'll never forget it. Why wasn't Turner in and on the ball? Even if SBT goes the right way, he was too small to stop the guy.

mod10aeagle said...

Watch the clip on BCI. Robinson got screened by his own guy, Sammy Barnes-Thompkins, who appears to have just awoken from a dream about unicorns and talking butterflies. What the hell was he doing? That said, how the hell do you not put a man on the inbound passer, if only to ensure that the ball doesn't get thrown into the low paint? Perhaps that's where SB-T was supposed to be, but then ... unicorns!

Hoib said...

MOD10

Robby was beat from the get go. He made the cardinalsin in that situation. He let his man brake to the hoop.

Tim said...

Ten years ago we lamented losing at the buzzer to #1 Duke in the ACC Championship game, and then losing at the buzzer to #1 seed Villanova in overtime in the Sweet Sixteen.

Now we are lamenting losing at the buzzer to a terrible NCSU team; still looking for our first conference win in March.

What a fall.

Hoib said...

Tim

The loss to Nova was on the exact same play, Dudley and Marshall messed up then.

JBQ said...

I followed the play by play. BC called time with 24 seconds and set up a play. Carter was 0-10 on threes. You go inside then outside. Carter took another three. Clifford was 8-12 for the entire game. The ball should have gone inside to him. Turner and Robinson played well. Actually, Carter played well in the second half until the last five minutes when the "dollar signs" popped up in his head. The more quickly that Carter is gone, the better. If BC loses their last conference game, then they will be the worst football-basketball duo since 1976. Before that, you would have to go back to 1940. The two players who came back brought a lot of positive energy. It is something to build on.

Lenny Sienko said...

On the winning basket, Ronan of NC State shoved Barnes-Tomkins in the back with both hands. That's why he was out of place and off-balance. Ronan cleared SBT out with emphasis, grabbed the ball which bounced to him, and put in the chippie.

If you're Duke or UNC, the refs call the foul and disallow the basket. if you're BC, you do not get the "benefit of the doubt" and you lose, again.

Kash86 said...

While it may be true that SBT got shoved, you still have to question the strategy of having Clifford, presumably the one guy that can guard the rim, out at the 3 point line mixed up in a scrum. The fact that they didnt guard the ball and still got burned makes it even more embarrassing.

Hoib said...

Plus SBT was out of position, a ref isn't making a foul call when the defender is out of position like that. The whole thing was poorly defended in set up and execution, while State's play was perfect, there were other options open if we stop the cutter.