Posted: 12/20/2012 8:52 AM
Preview: Air Force (7-2) vs University of California Riverside (3-8)
Air Force gets back onto the court after a strange 14-day layoff since their last game, completing finals and flying to California after some ‘snow’ here in Colorado. No words yet on semester grades but best to all our cadet student athletes as we hope finals went well. In addition our Firsties (seniors) found out their follow-on active duty assignments during this break. Congratulation to all of the them on their future commitment to serve our Country.
As we head back to basketball our Falcons travel across the country, first to UCR in Riverside, CA then home for a quick Christmas break and then to Sunrise, FL (near Fort Lauderdale) to play #8 Florida (8-1) and then to Virginia to play the surging 8-3 Richmond Spiders.
As we turn our attention to UCR, we will face a team that goes deep into the bench and can play stingy defense. It should be a good game for AF to knock the rust off and prepare for the mountain of a challenge vs Florida. UCR plays 8 players with 17 or more mpg and no players more than 29 mpg. We will see fresh faces substitute in and out throughout the game. Likewise, our Falcons are using the bench more in minutes but not to the degree UCR has. They are a young team with only one senior on the team Smith (6’1” G) who is their leading 3pt shooter at 40% and only true 3pt threat overall. Going inside is their game and they currently only shoot 26% from the 3pt arc. Air Force will face a team that has two true bigs and they both play and they rebound. Starter Patton, 6’10”/246# Jr F/C averages 24mpg, 9ppg and 5.6 rpg. His backup backup is Devanney 6’8”/240# Jr F/C who averages 22mpg, only 3ppg but 6.5 rpg. This will be the key matchup for the Falcons in this game, can they win or at least play neutral on the boards, especially on defense denying the second chance shoot and subsequent points by UCR.
Air Force comes into this game relatively healthy. One mark against the Falcons has been Ethan Michael who has been sick battling the flu. No update on the team in this regard but we hope the time off (with a mix of team and individual practices during finals week) has allowed everyone to heal and get strong as we head into the end off OOC play and into MWC play in the new year.
Keys for the Falcons are simple:
- Knock off the rust, play fast, crisp and take care of the ball
- Start scoring from the inside/inside-out NOW, right at the first tipoff. Do not wait to adjust to do this, make it a priority early no matter if playing against a zone or man defense. This must be a key for success for AF in the remainder of the season. Put an asterisk by this one***.
- Follow shots and hit the glass. Sound easy but must be done aggressively.
- Time to get sustained and productive time and points off the bench. I think we are all very pleased with the effort of the players 6-14 but we need points along with that effort. We see this on both ends of the court then Coach P. will rely on them more heavily and this will enhance our team’s performance and make it more difficult for our opponnents.
I hope to make it out to the game so will try to update as the game goes on.
Go Falcons….Beat UC-Riverside!
Game Statistics Air Force
2012-13 UC Riverside Highlanders
San Francisco, CA
Daly City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Moreno Valley, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
San Diego, CA
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Air Force (8-2) wins over UC-Riverside (3-9) 61-53
In a game seemingly in 3 parts, Air Force wins over UC-Riverside (UCR) 61-53 after two weeks off due to finals and scheduling. The Falcons came back onto the court firing on all cylinders for the first 10 minutes of the game after missing their first two shots then running to a quick 13 point lead. But UCR said ‘no way’ on our home court and came back quickly to tie, then take the lead then go into the locker room with Air Force leading by just two at the half. During this period of time Air Force found themselves not playing crisp in their passing game, finding themselves giving the personal fouls calls from the refs (at one time AF 7 PF’s and UCR 2 PF’s) and after shooting well early, going into a slump of not getting the ball through the net. The Falcons went into the locker room shooting only 36% FG and 39% 3pt shots (but a nice 100% FT on 5-5 from the line).
Returning to the court in the second half the Falcons really opened up the offense going both inside and out. Much better shot selection and making shots resulted in 52% FG and 40% 3pt shooting. And the defense, especially in the opening minutes, nailed down the court allowing AF to take a quick 10 pt lead within the first 5 minutes of play, and kept that lead for the remainder of the game.
Kudos to UCR who shot the ball very well early in the game to keep it close. Normally a 27% 3pt shooting team, UCR went to the locker room at the half 5-10 and 50% from the arc. AF defense tightened up and held them to 1-5 20% in the second half and 40% overall. Both teams battled on the boards with the bigger UCR team having the edge with 36 (12 off) rebounds with AF at 27 (7 off) rebounds. Biggest key to the game may have been taking care of the ball with AF only having 11 TO’s compared to 19 for UCR with the Falcons getting 19 points off of those TO’s.
Mike Lyons once again proved to be the leader of the Falcons with 22pts in 33 minutes to include 50% FG on 8-16 shooting. Kyle Greene came off the bench for the first time this season and contributed 11 pts on 3-4 from the arc along with Taylor Broekhuis and his 10 pts. DeLovell Earls got his first start and, although not scoring much, finished with 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 14 minutes. Along with Kyle off the bench, Tre’ Coggins played very good minutes and gave 7 pts with 1 rebound and 4 steals.
This was a game to break off the rust after the long layoff. It was not the best the Falcons have played but a gutsy game where they hopefully got back into the rhythm. It was good to see Justin Hammonds back on the court playing 5 minutes after sitting out the first two thirds of the OOC schedule until the end of the semester.
Next up are a few days off for Christmas, reconvene in Florida to play #8 Florida in what will be a big challenge for Air Force.
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delovell earls, f
taylor broekhuis, c
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michael lyons, g
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marek olesinski, f
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max yon, g
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lucas devenny, f
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