Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gtown called for 61 fouls overcome 26 turnovers in 84-80 win over VCU

If you can handle VCU's full court havoc pressure you should able to handle anyone's pressure in the land of college hoops. The Hoyas turned the ball too many times in the first half (14).but the score at half was only a one point lead for the the Rams despite the turnover madness from the Hoyas. This win was a great team win. Overcoming 26 turnovers is not an easy task, but the Hoyas kept rolling through thick and thin.

Halftime Stats

The Payback! 

Sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera  showed his heart and toughness tallying 26 pts., 3 rebs. 1 asst. 4 stls., 5 to's today against one of the best defense in the college basketball world. The Hoyas will probably not face a better defense team for the rest of the season, but the Hoyas will not be fooled knowing there are other great defensive teams out there in the college basketball world as well.

Senior point Markel Starks filling his leadership role was 10-10 from the free throw line. (Free throws win championships). 23 pts., 5 rebs., 5 assists, 2 stls., & 7 to's was his stat line. Markel showed great poised down the stretch and played smart. As we all know playing against and watching VCU  play that the game is not over until the clock says 0:00. Under 4 minutues is normally when they're at their best. 

The Hoyas overcame havoc and became relentless. I thought this was a big indication and set the tone of what the Hoyas can do. They played Georgetown basketball minus the turnovers. VCU did managed to shoot 47 free throws. The Hoyas are now 3-2. This again, was great team effort without a doubt. The Hoyas 13 bench points were key also. The big fella junior Joshua Smith "Freightrain" tallied 17 pts. and was 9-10 from the free throw line. I love the powerful dunk in the first half. Nice feed from the senior Starks. 

Very unselfish team play by the old blue and gray. This is what good TEAMS do. The communication was there. The point communication was there. This game was REDEMPTION for me, and I know Hoyanation as well. It was like a big weight lifted off of my shoulders. Oh, what a feeling. Shout out to the Hoyas fans there in Puerto Rico, great see and hearing our fans battle VCU's, oh what a grudge match it was. I think the Hoyas need to work on keep the ball away from the sides because most teams are taught to trap in those areas. Passing drills wouldn't hurt either lol lots of them ;). Hoyas out rebound VCU 38-29

 Good defense!
 Hands up!

The big fella and guard defense!
 Coaches coached!
 Good job coach!
t is his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Freedom from Fear


Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.

"It his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute." - Aung San Suu Ky
It is his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Freedom from Fear

Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.


Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.

t is his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Freedom from Fear



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Killer guards

You got one, we got three and some. The Hoyas have three killer guards. Which you do guard? Take your pick because when it's on it's on, you're on your game. Combined total of points scored by these guards in their last Puerto Rico Tip-Off game vs. Kansas State was 52 pts. which I thought was huge. They played the right way smart, tough and quick. This is Georgetown basketball. Killer guards in no order because they can strike at anytime... Hoya Saxa! 

 Agent #1

Hoya and USA Salute! 

Agent #2

Agent #3

I even love the way Mikael "Big Slim" Hopkins attacks the basket.

We got this now Hoyanation, THUMBS UP! 




Friday, November 22, 2013

Post game thoughts Hoyas 90-63 win vs. Kansas State U

Senior leader Markel Starks nice and low the ground where he most dangerous

Back In Stride Again

The decision's were easy, get the ball down low, attack. The guard play was outstanding today they combined for 52 of 90 points today. Hoyas win in Puerto Rico 90-63. Senior Markel Starks 11 pts. 8 assts. 2 turnovers. Sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-9 fg's 4-5 3's 25 pts. 9-9 free throws. 

Junior Jabril Trawick was 6-7 fg's 4-6 free throws added 16 pts., 3 stls., 
3 rebs. Super guards didthey're thing today. They did a terrific job of feeding the post at will this should be done consistently on a game by game basis. 

Hoyas shot 33-54 61.1% fg's, 6-13 3's 42%, 18-22 81.8% free throws. Kansas State U outrebounded the Hoyas 34-28. Hoyas 19 assists, KSU 6, so I guess this made up for the Hoyas rebounding lol. Hey, I'll take it. Mikeal Hopkins look dominant off of the bench as well today scoring 8 pts., 6 rebs., 2 blks. 3 assists. Shout out to senior Moses Ayegba 4 pts., 3 blocks way to hold it down for Big Joshua Smith while he was in foul trouble defensively. Nice patient move to the basket as well.

When you have legit big man it's starts right there from point guard to post first look. Today was a great day to watch the Hoyas they were aggressive, patient and played with poise. They never looked back. 

They stayed up. They never lost a lead. There were a couple of turnovers under the six minute mark but the Hoyas maintained the composure. Great to see them overcome adversity from one day to the next. The Hoyas never looked back.

The Hoyas also got 20 pts. 6 blocks, 11 rebounds, 8 assists from the bench this is very key. Good job!

Hoyas first half was nice here are the stats from halftime:

My thoughts on loss to Northeastern

All first half was Hoyas but for some reason there was lack of communication/point communication. This is something big a team has to have during the game on offense and defense. Defense wins championships. You can score all day long, but you need stops especially during critical times. Those hands need to be at all times. Arms should be waving. You get energy doing this. 

Inside out basketball was being played during the first half the Hoyas shot well, but had 7 turnovers. Click here to see the >>Play By Play. 16:52 of the  2nd half we started shooting too many 3's. The Hoyas seem to drift away into another zone for some odd reason and settle for the 3 ball for most of the second half while Northeastern keep fighting and scoring most of their points inside for the most of the game especially the second half. 
Sometimes you just have to go back to the fundamentals, hey, it's life, life through hoops check out the video peeps. Point guard play is point guard play no matter how you put it and no matter what level it's played it's still point guard play. 

The Huskies shot about 60% from the foul line as did the Hoyas, but something went wrong. I think from looking at the play by play and stats point guard play was lacking for most of the second in so many ways. Smith-Rivera did seem to find his way in the paint at time but that was it as inside ended.

Leaders have to lead by example. Point guard play is where it starts and ends. If it's not right, it's a tough road to be on, it's as simple as that. Players have to be ready, they have to be in triple threat ready to either pass dribble or shot, it's called triple threat.I like watching the freshman Reggie Cameron triple threat stance on offense, he's very fundamental. Guard should quickly recognize Reggie Cam is always to catch and shoot because of this.

The big man logged only 16 mins. was 2-5 fg's, 9 pts. 6 rebs. both ends of the court, 5-9 from the free throw line, 1 stl. I mean the 2nd half was played the opposite of the first half. Instead of playing inside out, the Hoyas played outside, not inside. I think having peripheral vision really has it advantages in basketball especially for point guards.

When I learned I had peripheral vision playing hoops it made it easier for me to get the ball to my big man and post players rather easy. I loved it! Peripheral vision help me 100 plus %.  Stay low people, stay low. Stay ready to strike for 40 minutes, not 20 is all I'm saying. All you need is each other to play angry.

Hoyas bench scored 14 points. Salute! I think once our leader started chucking up 3's this became contagious. 

The Hoyas have to play like they want it for 40 minutes, not 20 minutes. When you want something you just blow a 14 lead just like that. When you're up you have to put them away for good. There is no feeling sorry for anyone, if you're gonna beat them play insance, play angry, go and get it. Take it!  Sense of urgency is well needed on this journey to the tourney.

The Hoyas have Kansas State today! Let's see if this can get better because right now it's a shock to me, but it's a new day so let's go Hoyas! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Georgetown Hoyas Kicks On Court

Just thought I'd add some Hoyas kicks on the hardwood flavor in between games.  Puerto Rico Tip-Off click here up next.
#5 Markel Starks #3 Mikael Hopkins & #1 Reggie Cameron

#23 Aaron Bowen

#34 Nate Lubick
 Josh Smith D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera & Jabril Trawick
Stephen Domingo

Jabril Trawick
David Allen

Joshua Smith 

Markel Starks

Reggie Cameron

Moses Ayegba

Bradley Hayes

Joe Caprio

Mikael Hopkins



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GTown PRESS I loved it


I really did! I really did! I saw and I had a flashback in the Hoyas 88-70 win over Wright State. I was hoping and praying that one day the Hoyas of old would come back! People say, "it's the past, it's over with, it's something that happen way back, it's old school." They're right, but who said you couldn't mix the past with the present. 

Well, I'm just here to tell I saw an old school "Gtown Press" and guess what? I was AMAZED, and I couldn't believe my eyes at what I was seeing. I was the most surprised and happiness human being on the planet when I saw this press. Just watching the Hoyas get busy right away and take care of business was amazing. They got good buckets off of steals from the press, this something well needed right now. The Hoyas are playing to eventually finish the job and it starts now. 

The press got the old blue & gray loose, it got them active and energized. It's great for so many reasons. I call it, "HOYASNATCHERS!" That's the why is should be in my opinion, huh Hoyanation. You already know. Forward marchhhhh. The first half was great for the Hoyas they shot and played well. The player movement looked great. The sense of urgency was in full effect. It doesn't matter who you're playing, what matter's is how your playing. GAME STATS click here

Freshman #5 Reggie Cameron in sniper mode I say quickest gun in the east ey? 9 points first career points all 3's his catch and shoot is vicious "The Hoya Sniper!"

Before the game Markel Starks gave Hoyanation a thumbs up! He added 23 points and six assists for the hosts

Sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had a great outing in the phone booth scoring 25 points




Talking about the PRESS

Let's Press Hoyas! Let's Go! 

Sitting back and thinking about the 1980's and how good the Hoyas were. 1984 they were ranked 2nd in the nation, and went on to win the big prize, the national championship. To this day I cannot recall seeing a team so dominant. I mean teams were literally scared to play Georgetown. They gave no room to do anything.

The Hoyas came at you with aggression for most of the game on defense. Their offense came to them from their hard work on defense. It all flowed together. This is what was so amazing about watching the Hoyas in the 80's. They were the enforcers, they won lots of games being this way. 

While coaching youth basketball, I patterned my teams after 80's Hoyas playing a 2-1-2 and 1-3-1 press. I loved it, we won games and plus a championship doing these things. I think it's the best way to play and to see if a team will crack under such aggressive pressure throughout the game with the press on. 

I remember one game my team was so non-chalant and it seemed like most of my team was still sleeping. The game was sort of early that Saturday morning. I thought of something to wake them UP! PRESSSSSSSSSSSSS PRESSSSSSSSSSSS PRESSSSSSSSSS! Guess hat? They did, they woke up and won by a significant margin. 

I think the press has many advantages especially mentally and physically. Mentally the press wakes you up. Physically the press gets the legs loose, gets the players' mind's loose and body as well. The press makes your players better as a team. The blood is flowing as a more rapid pace. The heart beat is faster. They're going at, for it, the ROCK! If you want something you have to go and get it! 

The NCAA tournament that's what it's all about, going to get it. Every year when I watched the teams that keep winning they don't stop wanting it, they go and get it, another words, those teams TAKE IT! I'd ask my team during a timeout, "do you want to have some fun? They'll say, "yes coach!" I'd say, "1-3-1" and oh, they love it. We'd beat teams on the average of 15 points a night or more. We were AGGRESSIVE, make no doubt about it! We won, and if we didn't it was a heck of a fight. 

Growing up in the city I learned to play aggressive and stay hungry for hoops. It was a way out of the hood, so to speak. From playing to coaching I've always been aggressive because of this. I'm just glad basketball came into my life because it taught me so much about life through hoops/sports. I came from a city where the players loved defense and it was stressed more than anything else. The games were very exciting and there was never a dull moment. 

I guess what I'm trying to say here is I'm still feeling the hurt of the Flordia Gulf Coast loss. This loss hurt so bad I still haven't forgtten about it. The Hoyas haven't forgotten. Have I gotten over it, yes and no. No, because I want to use that loss as big time motivation coming into this season, but I know our team would have to be as aggressive as it's ever been. How do they do this? 


I'm always watching 80's highlights. When I'm watching, I'm wishing our squad can go back being very aggressive on both ends of the court especially the defensive end. Check out the Hoyas at the 2:04 mark. It's the Gtown press! Right after a basket was made by the Hoyas they immediately went into press mode. I thought it was unique to put a 7 footer at the point on the press because it's harder to throw the ball over the top of him. Most of the team was long and athletic. 

They were the #2 rebounding team in the country in 1984. The Hoyas always had their arms and hands up waving them up and down just to perhaps get a tip or a turnover. This worked especially with defensive specialist Hoyas legend #22 Gene Smith coming off of the bench. Check him out at the 9:22 mark in the video. With Smith in the game the Hoyas defensive intensity went up about 2 clicks. He's a hustler he would get the ball for you without a doubt. The PRESS makes you more aggressive. I think a player on the Hoyas that reminds of Smith is Jabril Trawick, his defense. 



Saturday, November 9, 2013

My thoughts and tweets on Hoyas 82-75 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Armed Forces Classic


First off, a military salute to our U.S.Army troops stationed at Camp  Humphreys, South Korea. Once again it was a privilege and an honor to see the Hoyas play and  represent our armed forces and university win or lose. Salute! 

It was gametime, the first Hoyas game of the 2013-14 versus the 19th ranked Oregon Ducks playing in the ESPN Armed Forces Classic. The time had came and went. The Hoyas upended in their first game 82-75 against a very tough, and determined new Ducks team. The Ducks started five transfers. They have 8 transfers all together. Looks like Coach Altman may becoming a pro putting a team of transfers together year after year and win I don't know. Something is going on over there in Oregon. Two of their key players were suspended as well.

For most of the game I was a twitter tweeting my life away during the game. Some of the tweets might need some explanation I have to check them out again myself. Here we gooooo it's gametime!  ... 

Before I put my tweets up I just saw what someone tweeted, "One benefit of veteran transfers: cool under pressure. Joe Young and Jason Calliste a combined 21-of-21 from the free-throw line." - Rob Mosely (Editior of

I talked about Joe Young before the game. He's a gamer. You have to ALWAYS keep a good defender on him and make sure they watch his every move if not you're doomed. He moves all the time he's a prime time player. 

GH- Nice move dribble drive to the hoops Go

GH- Good defense Gtown!

This is when Joe Young started scoring in the first half

GH-Young is an attacker!!!! Saw him play last week

Young just hit another shot back to back 

GH-Young again they'd better watch him he'll score all 's points lol

Markel Starks instead of sliding over the close the gap let a player get through and in the paint and score

GH- Starks should taken that charge

Gtown down by 4 early in the 1st half 17:26 to go


GH- Keep going inside !
GH- Give the ball to Josh Smith simple as that!

GH- Mosely left open for a three two made on that side of the court tonight for the

GH- Starks needs to pick it up ...

GH- Too many 3's get it together out there go hard in the paint don't let nothing stop you.

GH- No floater Starks tried a finger roll in the paint

GH- Turnovers no defense on the perimeter looking shaky for now shake it off fellas

GH- Ducks in attack mode and aggressive from the start is paying dividends for them need to play better than this!

GH- There's the floater from Starks I was talking about !

GH- Reggie Cameron is in the game now

GH- Step up ... glad to see in the game now it will make a difference

GH- Keep going inside !

GH- Smith's 2nd foul he has to come out now

GH- Hoyas need to communicate and point communicate on the perimeter I mean get there!!!!! DEFENSE! Talk Talk Talk!

GH- Oregon staying on the line very aggressive 6 turnovers

GH- The did not give Josh Smith the ball on the play he was open TWICE!


GH- The press will get the legs loose need to RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! Come on!

GH- Keep going INSIDE !

GH- Nice pass from to for 2 19-14 gaining some strength

No more GH's I'll just put the tweets they're mostly my tweets anyways haha I need a short cut 

Here we go ! nice shot

There you go Starks only down by 2 20-18 8:43 left first half

Grab the ball get possesion of it! 

force to shoot ill 3 23-18 8 mins to the half down 5

Gary Parish (CBSSports) - "My favorite part of the Armed Forces Classic is when the troops taunt the players with “Air Ball” chants."

seem to be picking up steam still like to see more inside/out play take care of the ball

Oregon MBB- Ducks opened a double-digit lead but Georgetown have made things interesting. Ducks lead 23-18 at under-8 media TO. Great game so far!

Let's Go!

Nice grab but keep ya head fella no T's!!!
yesssssssssssssssssss DUNK on EM let ya game speak for itself son! Lego !
25-23 still up gaining on em! Let's Go!

I guess love shooting 3s 

attacks gets foul
Stay in attack mode
What's amazing still in the game

Hoyas were not playing good defense in the paint at this time

Play some defense down there

Nice dribble drive keep him on the ball Smith dish for two
Love seeing attacking basket


37-32 up almost half

Nice shot made by he has played solid so far tonite down by three at the half !

Armed Forces Classic Halftime update. Oregon 37 Georgetown 34
Georgetown: M. Hopkins 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast. leads all scorers so far tonight

12-25 shooting 48% 0-9 3's 10-16 ft line I say KEEP GOING INSIDE PLAY HARDNOSED BBALL!

only shooting 29% go on & take this half stop playing ..jitters off now PLAY BALL!

Just my thoughts during halftime

Tighten up on the perimeter defense NOW is the time like to see Bowen get loose need to PRESSSSSSSSSSSSS GO AND GET THE BALL!!!

Let's Go Go inside PRESS guards lemme see that floater babyyyyyy lol kiss it off the glass haha

If your a guard that floater has to be in your weaponery big time u know once you blow past ur defender one or two dribs float it babyyy!

Halftime Stats (ORE/GT): FGs (7-26/12-25), 3s (3-14/0-9), FTs (20-26/10-16), RBs (19/19), TOs (4/6)

Second half starts


Thank u Starks to start the 2nd half! Wow, how did he hear me all the way from the States haha.

Defense #Hoyas

Lol on swipe duty inside the super gym nice block

Nice pass inside to the big man Josh Smithhhh to the line makes both fts 39-38 down 1

@jt55ivetwo pointer gives led good momentum now keep pushing

Now gets bsy 2 pt shot made

Hoyas were rolling but then Lloyd knocked down a Big 3 tie game 42 all

Was this the shot for the Ducks set the Ducks confidence on fire for the rest of the 2nd half? 

up 44-42

Big Josh Smith for 2
Josh Smith is tough I say keep feeding him the ball keep going inside let the jumpers come in the flow of the game I say huh?

This is a good test for the

are playing with a lot of heart down there in the paint Mosely is going off

 Nice floater Starks need more !

need to be aggressive keep it up nice Starks need more 

 Markel Starks has got to step up we need you son !

 Guards need to do a better job on defense !!! !

I noticed how the Oregon players mostly undersized players compared to the Hoyas were just relentless no the boards

don't want the ball should have not been a charge call on Trawick he was stationery

Aaron Bowen catches one coming off of the iron SMASH!

I was waiting on that one BAMMMM WATCH YA HEAD NICE JAM MANNNN!!!!!  

And 1 Big Josh Smith ahhhhhhhhhhb lets go!!!keep going inside

I noticed during the timeout that was called the Oregon Duck player all ran off of the court and the Hoyas walked off of the court

Need to run off of that floor !!!
Nate misses pass another Hoyas turnover

Clock is ticking 8 mins plus working against the down 60-54

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivers drives inside the paint nice and clean but while in the air brings the ball back down to the defense for blocked shot 

Smith we need that floater my dude

Keep attacking & getting the ball to the bigs need better defense Click right here check out he stats at this time during the game

This speaks for itself, before this the Hoyas were 0-13 from 3 ball land!

finally hit a 3 Starks lets go senior

Well needed timeout for the talk about it fellas

Nice dribble drive Starks 65-61 up

Good defense there

I thought at this particular time in the game Starks should have made a better decision 

Starks pls attack look at the time

Another turnover

These all came from different schools prior 8 transfers

Smith inside lets go wake up wake em up

Free throw aooring for the is very atrong so guess what KEEP GOING INSIDE!!!

up to 40% shooting now but a little lull for so pls take notice

Nice look inside on the alippey Super Gym floor Smith seem ls to like the court
70-67 still up

Keep getting the ball inside I'm working hard on this drill feed the big man haha

get dunked on ouch

Starks went too deep into the paint I thought he should've stop and popped or shot a floater!

Moser draws a charge! 1:37 left to go.. Ducks ahead, 73-68

That's when you stop and pop!! Starks or shoot ur FLOATER!!!

I mentioned Joe Young last week and before this game and early during this game

Don't say I didn't mention Young!!!

Big UCLA transfer Josh Smith did some the Hoyas a great service last night Hoyanation

From Jon Rothstein (CBSSports) -

Josh Smith is unguardable. Towers over people in the low post. Looks like the T-Rex next to civillians in Jurassic Park.


just now pressing under a minute to go  I've been calling for this since the beginning of the game. After the FGCU loss I'd be wanting to go and get the ball every chance each and every game. This is college basketball is about wanting the ball, going to the ball, IT'S YOUR'S! 


Final stats (ORE/GT): FGs (20-50/27-59), 3s (6-23/1-16) FTs (36-44/20-30), REBs (37/34), TO (12/12) Stls (8/5)

Man out! take an early loss to 82-75 in South Korea

I hope this is not too many tweets for you but I just wanted to let you folks know what went on during the game. I think the Hoyas know how hard they have to work now for the rest of the season. I'd like to see the press more. As a matter of fact with the personnel we have I think it would be a great idea. The Hoyas are a lot better when their legs are loose. I think to use the press for this is a great idea. I love to use the press, I think it wakes players up and makes the game more exciting and fun. The press also makes our players tougher and agressive. 

Point guards need to be in triple threat before they get the ball so they can look like a threat before they receive the ball and once they get it "quickly" make their moves before they pass the ball off at times. I cannot stress enough FLOATER FLOATER FLOATER! 

But do order you a pair of these Camp Humphreys Georgetown Rock'Em Socks a magnificient representation of our school and armed forces. USA Salute!

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall"