Rough game. It was kind of ugly. Thoughts after the jump.
– Chad Lucas’ blog entry makes some good points, his main one being: Halifax are in the middle of the pack in the ABA’s eastern region and will remain there until they can consistantly play 48 minute games against the ABA elite.
– The game was close in the first half but the third quarter included a big run in the first 5 minutes (I think it was 21-4) that was just brutal. Halifax couldn’t find an easy way to score and they were getting no stops against Vermont.
– Halifax got outcoached, plain and simple. Lewis tried to go small with a line up of Oliver or Crookshanks at centre, Silverhorn at powerforward and three small guards. (i.e. not Ferguson) This is a questionable idea anyway since Silverhorn is not capable of guarding Akingbade or Nelson, but it’s even more questionable when he continued to play man to man, leaving mismatches at two or three positions. Voigt exploited these and we got handled. The 1-3-1 zone could have stopped some of the bleeding.
– Ferguson and Eichelberger had terrible games. Neither of them could shoot the ball (combined 4-18 in 20 minutes) and instead of going inside for easier looks to get some confidence they just kept chucking up jump shots. This continues to be Halifax’s problem: too many jump shooters, and like all jumpshooters they can go hot and cold. If too many guys are cold on a given night, we’re done.
– In the last five minutes Anderson came in and just decided to start trying to score all on his own. It was actually kind of awesome. As much as I like him to pass first, he is also a legit scoring threat. He averaged 15 ppg and 3 apg in his senior year, and was Fordham’s leading scorer – definately good stats for NCAA D-1.
– 3 Frostheaves fans made the trip up. What a nice group of people.
– Benoit has a really, really ugly shot. He shoots off of his palm but it is somehow effective from midrange. He played well, but Oliver kind of disapeared for the game. He only took one shot all night.
– Halifax shot below 50% from the line.
– Officially attendance was 1275, but I am not 100% sure if that’s accurate. It looked to be under 1k to me, but it is thrown off by the tiny number (like 300) who were there when pre-game intros started. I still think that the intro is too long (I don’t want to see the Weathergirls dance before the game, and announcing all the bench guys and having them run on to the court is a bit too much) and people know this. Normally I aim to show up at 7:10 to try to dodge most of the pre-game stuff and it looks like I am not alone.
– In garbage time Darrell “The Hammer and Sickle” Dexter got in the game and snagged a rebound, and then got a shot blocked. He then missed another shot. People went crazy, it was fun(ny).
– What wasn’t so funny was Derico Downey coming in at the same time – it must have been incredibly embarassing for him. It’s one thing that I don’t like about the 13th man, it takes away from the accomplishments of the real athletes on the court. I also thought that this was a game where his ability to slash may actually have been useful earlier.
– On the unconfirmed rumour front: word is that James Booyer is coming back to the team this week.