Just glad we're gonna win. We've lost games like this in the past and thank goodness the FTs were falling. Good for them to get a win in game 1 in front of a good crowd. Will be nice when the offense is clicking a bit more to be more exciting (aka dunks).
Post by theneumann64 on Nov 10, 2012 16:56:14 GMT -5
As for this board, I think the thing we can work on for next game is limiting the number of times me and Stlexplorer post almost the exact same thing within a minute of each other. It happened like 8 times today if you look through the thread.
* The atmosphere was awesome. The student section was full and was loud. It wasn't Cameron Indoor or anything like that but it was a very loud crowd that was into it the whole game. The alumni section was crowded, too. They're really trying to start some now cheers and the kids are picking up on them a bit, it seems.
* Steve Zack. Wow. Nothing else can be said. He was fantastic -- and he was fantastic against a Delaware big man who is getting NBA looks. He scored in all sorts of ways, too. He used both hands on jump hooks, got some tip ins and scored on some pick'n'rolls. He was just really confident throughout the game. I also thought that he maybe could have shot the ball more -- there were a few times where he was backing his man down or got the ball off of a roll and stopped. He was also really good defensively, particularly in the first half.
G ran a lot of the offense off of him last year, either via pick'n'roll or high-post with guards cutting off of him. I liked a lot of the offense they ran with him last year. He didn't have the athleticism or the confidence to really look for his own shot last year. One game against a good frontcourt is going to be in a lot of game tapes this year and teams are going to have to respect him, which can make it easy to run sets through him -- and with a team loaded with guards, that's going to be fun.
* Jerrell Wright had a very quiet double double, against against a very good front-court that could hold its own against the A-10. He sat out some because of a bump he took and also for foul reasons but was just very steady and efficient.
* Tyreke was Tyreke. That he only had one assist feels less like a problem with the team offense and more that they fed the post a lot more than they usually should. He's a very good point guard who is very consistent.
* Sammy was solid. He couldn't get a few good looks to fall and was frustrated but he was a huge reason why Statler didn't go crazy, especially in the first half. He just gets in dudes pockets on defense. He needs to work on finishing, more -- he had a bunch of very good mid-range looks that were really off.
* Ramon had his worst game in uniform. That was because he got into foul trouble and was forcing a few shots. But La Salle closed out the win with him on the court with four fouls -- he got in Statler's mug and that's how La Salle pulled ahead. When he sat in the first half is when Delaware went on a run to tie things up. But they don't win with him d'ing up on the end and also driving and kicking once or twice.
* DJ Peterson -- He is such a nice player. Nine points, one huge three to quell a Delaware run, knows how to use his length on defense. He also scored once or twice off of a pump-fake/drive, which he didn't do at all last year. He doesn't make mistakes and I think, by the end of the season, is going to have a ton of confidence in looking for his own shot.
* Rohan Brown -- I liked what I saw. He's definitely a bull. I'm not sure if it was nerves or what but he threw up a few really bad shots. He's a total wildcard.
* We killed it on FTs. Wow.
* Honestly, I knew in the first half the game was going to get tight. But I didn't think once, not even when we were down in the second half, that they were going to throw the game away. They just look like a very poised, experienced team right now.
Post by explorer88 on Nov 10, 2012 19:08:24 GMT -5
I was satisfied with what I saw today. Delaware is solid. I do agree with talkinbball that running set plays for Zack is a head scratcher and typical G the mad scientist disease. Problem is we had success today with it so G will go back to it. I don't think it works long-term but I will take today's win.
I thought Duren was subpar again. Still waiting for him to take the next step. Most everyone played well and contributed. Solid win.
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Good win with Mills, Duren and Galloway shooting a combined 7 for 29. If you had told me this before the game started I would say we lose by 15 minimum. I guess Zack did improve a tad and this is really good news. On another subject I just got done watching Penn State get hosed on a call that replay clearly showed was a touchdown. Don't really care that P.S. lost but do care about blatant dishonesty which even a Ohio Stae announcer called the instant replay refs on.
Post by lasallescreamer on Nov 10, 2012 19:34:45 GMT -5
Was at game. Alot of good and some bad. The good: play of Zack, DJ, and overall play of JW.some good D at times by the guards; Del. made some crazy shots in 2nd w our guys in their face. Del. is not a bad team. The bad: Ramon not getting it going; and indecision of JW when catch ball near basket-go right away and stop pounding dribble. One concern- can Jermaine Davis or Hunt give team 10 min. Rohan is not a BIG. If going to start JW and Z must have a backup big. If Davis/Hunt can simply not play, I will shut up but hard to get through season w/o a backup for 2 diff. starters. Lastly, great FT shooting. Played OK-well, but will have to improve.
Went to the game. I was impressed early with Mills. He plays out of his body (that's a compliment, by the way)....he got a lot of rebounds I thought some of the bigger guys would pull down. As the game wore on, he seemed to be shooting on dead legs as well as taking some crazy shots.
It was a typical La Salle game....La Salle gets out to a hot start, then seems to wear down (like their conditioning isn't very good), sometimes puts enough together in the second half to win, sometimes doesn't.
The question now is, ....Is La Salle good or is Delaware bad? The Inquirer says Delaware is picked for second in the Colonial Athletic Association, but it's the Colonial Athletic Association.
Just back from game. Zack had a nice game but way too much of our offense, seemingly by design, went through him. Can't see this being successful long term.
Exactly, even with Zack improving.. He should be our 4th option not the main guy. Heck he shouldn't be the primary low post target either. Let him get the weak side rebounds and get put back points. If G does this, the year will be long!
Zack has improved but he is not on the level of 4 other players.
Just some thoughts..didn't see any action, so take it for what its worth.. Shooting 35%-BAD. Shooting 35% and winning-GOOD. 7 TO's-VERY GOOD. FT Shooting-VERY GOOD. Not blowing the game down the stretch-VERY GOOD. Also, never in my right mind did I think Steve Zach would drop in a one nine while in a LaSalle Uni. Not sure if it was an impressive 19, but still, a great contribution. 2 Big guys gave us 33 points, which is what we need to be successful. I don't thing that will be there every game, but nice step up by Zach when the guard shots were not falling. Central Conn up next, and really, lets get a double digit win against CC.
In G's post game press conference he was asked about Zack getting the ball so much in the post. He replied by saying that sometimes they had it go into him but most of the time he was open. I thought he did a nice job passing the ball. What a luxury it is to have a big guy who can pass the ball I just wish that ONE of the other players would come back to give him an outlet. Too much standing around and watching.
DJ was the #2 star. Did his usual outstanding defense but he was a little more aggressive on offense. Speaking of more aggressive on offense, I was glad to see Sam Mills expand his game.
The only problem with Duren is his shot is off.
Ramon had a really tough game and at times I was worried about a case of senioritis. Two of the worst players I ever saw him do. He literally gave Delaware 6 points. Still his defense and energy helped. He looked like he was hurting out there and G confirmed that by saying he was playing on a real sore hip. Monday he crashed to the ground while flipping over a player. I'll give him a little slack for yesterday's game.
Great support yesterday. I could tell the students were into it when I got to campus and saw three house parties and tons of yellow shirts. Speaking of yellow shirts, did anyone notice the Security people now wear red. I gave the lady my ticket and said that she got a new red shirt. She told me they changed from yellow so that they could be distinguished from the students. Imagine that, so much yellow in the building in the last couple of years that security needed to change their colors. Wow.
Post by explorerman on Nov 11, 2012 9:57:25 GMT -5
Agreed... La Salle didn't shoot the 3 well, Ramon Galloway played horrible and Delaware shot the ball abnormally good for a 49% FG Percentage... yet will still won against a respectable side who should be finishing above their 150 RPI from last year
Post by luhoopsfan on Nov 11, 2012 10:02:16 GMT -5
This is absolutely a game LS would lose the last 10 years. It's good to see the team bear down late in tight games and get stops and conversions when they need it. My only question, looking at highlights on CSN, the alumni side looked about half-full, was it really a sell out?
Post by victoriouslasalle on Nov 11, 2012 10:27:58 GMT -5
The Inq article today reported that Ramon injured his hip in practice this week suggesting this may have affected his game.
Zack sure helped us overcome a poor shooting night from the guards. He and DJ made up for the usual guys not bringing it- very nice!
Jerrell sure was his steady consistent and significantly contributing self. But still, seems to have work to do with his D and foul proneness. Not a surprise that it is hard to replace him when he is out of the game.