The Big Payback
It was a great game played last night. It was played as I expected it to be played. Hoyanation and friends, the Hoyas looked to their veteran players and they responded and pulls the "W" 62-59 in a very hostile environment on the road against the Old Dominion Monarchs. The game had all the hyped. The atmosphere felt like March, I thought to myself, "mannn this feel like March, and it's only the first game of the season?" Oh my, what a game. I drove down to Norfolk to see the game, and I really enjoyed the ride through the Virginia country side. It felt good to be in Norfolk again because it's been so long since I've been there. My aircraft carrier the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 is at the naval base.
The Hoyas struggled a bit in the beginning, but they held on and never lost focus. It was like don't worry we have each other's back somehow, someway. That's what great teams they look after each other, they find a way to win. I think Julian Vaughn (32 minutes 13 rebs., 3 assts.,4 pts.)wanted to ball early and throughout the game. He posted and sealed his man really good. I think the guards have to do a better job in getting him some touches in the paint, this will give Julian lots of confidence. Throw the ball to his shown hand/fingertip or to the basket and let him go get it. I think the bouce pass should be utilized to the big men more to make life a little easier for the guards and everything else will open up. I still like the inside/out deal and the attack mode.
Freshman Nate Lubick looked good in his first outing. I could tell he was nervous, as to be expected, but it did not show in his played. In 23 minutes Nate had 6 rebounds and 1 assist and was credited with 1 block. His defense and rebounds were some of the pieces to puzzle that was solved. Markel Starks (4 minutes)got his feet wet in the storm to give to Chris Wright (34 mins., 19 pts., 2 rebs., 2 assts., 2 stls.,) some rest. After Chris hit the big 3 pointer, his dad, looked over to me and sad, "Chris just scored his 1000th point, and I said, "congratulations man". Oh what a night!
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