Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hoyas gain composure but come up short, Kansas wins 67-63 in EA Maui Sports Invitational

Hoyanation, I could say this game is as I expected it to be minus the many mistakes. The young Hoyas (2-1) showed a strong will to battle it out with the -- ranked Kansas Jayhawks (3-1).  Hoyas came out flat shooting 0-5 from 3 point range. I think the decision to attack right away was not not established, therefore, the Hoyas settled for 3's. 

When you play a team like Kansas, and they are a major threat in the paint you have take the game to them by penetrating inside the paint dish or shoot the ball. This gets them into early foul trouble. Immediately give your bigs the ball and tell them to "go to work." Need more jump hooks from our bigs. Definitely need to see more of this. 

The point guard has to control the tempo of the game by making good decisions.  He also has to be ready every second the clock ticks. These are things can be fixed.When you don't have the ball you need to be in "triple threat" position. Its' just mind over matter and playing tough.  

It's all these things wrap up into one. Definitely have to do a better job at helm. At the half both teams were shooting 44.4%. End of game field goals Jayhawks 47.1% 24-51, Hoyas 40.0% 22-55. Jayhawks tore up the assist stats with 13, Hoyas only 6 assists. The Hoyas have to "push the rock" every chance they get then set up off the offense off of that. Speed, quickness, heart kills out there. More more more! 

Thomas Robinson, (Riverdale Baptist, Kenner League, Team Turner (2010) (20 points on 7-for-14 from the field, 12 rebounds and two blocks, 5 dunks) was dominant in the paint tonight for the Jayhawks. "He was a man amongst boys," one NBA general manager said. "You don't find that combination of strength, explosive athletic ability and motor every day. He's still learning how to play on the offensive end. But what he brings to the table every night, you can't teach." 

For the Hoyas senior guard Jason Clark (15 pts. 2 rbs. 2 steals) had "gutsy" outing. His leadership was a great factor for the Hoyas in keeping his team focused.  Junior Hollis Thompson's sharp shooting (14 pts.) and driving to the hoop and finishing was "stellar" for the Hoyas. The 6-foot-8 small forward impressed the scouts who were there. "He's got a chance," one NBA scout said. "He can shoot the ball, he can put it on the floor and he's got good size for his position. I like him."

Freshman Otto Porter, so many great things to say about he and his teammates for a valiant effort against the Jayhawks in the EA Maui Sports Invitational. 

ESPN college basketball analyst Eammon Brennan on What this game meant: Both teams have plenty of reason for optimism. For Kansas, the win is meaningful, but not nearly as much as the means by which it was achieved -- through gorgeous, pass-heavy offense and solid help-oriented defense. It means just as much for Georgetown, if not more; after losing Austin Freeman and Chris Wright to graduation this spring, the Hoyas were picked to finish No. 10 by the Big East coaches this preseason. That prediction deserves serious revision.

I think what surprised most about the Hoyas was their "composure to weather the storm." This was great game to gain that experience. I feel honored to have played one of the best college basketball teams in the land and be just as competitive. The Hoyas look to redeem themselves against Chaminade, losers to the UCLA Bruins in a quarterfinal matchup.

Walk this way Hoyas!



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