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Richmond 91 - AFA 68

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:57 PM

Richmond 91 - AFA 68 


Just finished up listening to the Falcons play Richmond on am 1300.  Two words describe the game.  Boat race.

Let's review some of the things the Falcons did right: . . . . . That's all I've got. 

Maybe LTC can find a silver lining in the cloud that was the Falcon non-performance.

72 Eagle Driver

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Posted: 1/2/2013 10:19 PM

Re: Richmond 91 - AFA 68 


Spiders go 16-26 from 3-pt land.....that's all you need to know about this one!
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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:59 AM

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noideaOuch! The Spiders shoot a lights out 61% from treyville making 16. Let's do the math. 16 X 3 = 48. We made 4 X 3 = 12. We lose big time by 23. I get it. Coach postgame comments mentions the Spiders were very physical which evidently effected our offensive and defensive play ("defensively we still haven't guarded two of their guys"). That's an omen that doesn't bode well as we begin conference play. Eagle, your Falcon positives are spot on.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:05 AM

Re: Richmond 91 - AFA 68 


From Rick'sFalconReview.Blogspot.com

A good friend and fellow Falcon fan and grad put comments on another blog that is a good way to begin here. He described the game and asked me the following question: “Just finished up listening to the Falcons play Richmond on am 1300. Two words describe the game. Boat race. Let's review some of the things the Falcons did right: . . . . . That's all I've got. Maybe LTC can find a silver lining in the cloud that was the Falcon non-performance.” Well, our Falcons did not find any momentum in this game and got smothered by a three-point shooting performance reminiscent of Air Force shooting performances in years gone by. And, while not many good things can be taken from this game, there are a few which I will discuss below.



First and foremost what happened? I heard Coach P say a word for the second time in two consecutive postgame interviews: Intensity. He basically said that his team did not match the intensity of the Richmond Spiders as well as the Florida Gators (in the second half of that game). Cannot match the intensity? I believe intensity can be broken down into different parts of a basketball game. Physical intensity: Getting into your opponent’s face, being the bully not the little kid getting beat up, doing the pushing and the blocking out and not being the one pushed around or dictated to. Emotional intensity: Walking onto the court knowing you have a challenge but telling yourself and your teammates that we are going to go 100%, we will not put our heads down, we will focus, we will cut hard, block out, rebound strong…we WILL be the better team on the court win or lose. Hit the rewind now to last night’s game and ask yourself “were we the tougher team on the court?” or “did we work through the screens to guard the open man outside the arc?” or “did we respect the Spiders and make crisp passes or did we make lazy passes time and time again resulting in turnovers?” and finally (to quote AF grad and head coach of the San Antonio Spurs Coach Popovich overheard in a timeout during the NBA playoffs last year) “did we bring some nasty on to the court last night?”. Huh? Nasty? Let me decipher: Were we the meanest, hungriest, toughest team on the court last night? No.



Quick review of the numbers which gives the statistical point of view. Given all the numbers (except three) you would think AF was in the game at least close at the end.



AF: FG 44% 3pt 29% 4-14 FT 77% (nice) Reb 35 Stl 4 TO 18 PF 18

UR: FG 65% 3pt 62% 16-26 FT 68% Reb 25 Stl 10 TO 12 PF 25



Richmond shot lights out from the 3pt arc last night and that was the biggest factor in the game. Seemed we stayed mostly in our matchup zone. I may be incorrect in the fact that we stayed more in that versus going man to man but the screen on the computer was small so unsure. The first evil number: Bottom line we did not and/or could not rotate to the open man with many of their threes uncontested. Credit goes to Richmond’s Anthony 31pts/7-9 3’s, and Brothers 25pts/6-9 3’s…very nice job gentlemen. Second and Third: 18 turnovers for Air Force on Falcon mistakes and 10 steals by the Spiders. I cannot remember a game when an Air Force team had this many mistakes. And it wasn’t just one person but a ‘team concept’ to give the ball away. Go back to the word ‘intensity’ and or lack of it results in poor defense and not taking care of the ball.



Coach P took the blame for not getting the team ready for the game but, with five seniors on the team I have to say that they are the leaders and the experience and if they cannot focus then who can? Coach tried to make adjustments going through different lineups. Second half starters were Lyons, Coggins, Hammonds, Williams and Green. Postgame Coach P said he started those that showed the most effort in the first half. First shout out goes to Mike Lyons. It was note just another road game, it was a semi-homecoming game for Mike who is from nearby and had over 80 plus friends and family at the game. In 33 minutes he had 19 pts on 7-16 shooting (only 1-5 from the 3pt arc), 4-6 from the FT line, 2 reb and 2 TO’s. Generally I thought Mike took good shots but, as the game got out of hand and not getting a lot of scoring from the team as a whole, maybe took some off balanced shots late in the second half. Fitz was Fitz on the court doing a workman like 9pts and 3 rebounds. We must have him find his grove for our success. Tough night for the nation’s leading assist to turnover leader: Todd had 4 assists but also 4 TO’s (that is 7 TO’s in the last two games).



But where was the ‘silver lining’ I was asked about? (Yes there are some and some that will benefit us later this year). Youth came off the bench and that youth worked hard. Justin Hammonds, back from not playing first semester and having played only 5 minutes at Riverside, gave AF 13 good minutes and 9pts on 2-3 shooting plus 5-6 from the FT line plus 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal and 1 TO. Welcome back Justin. Kam Williams played hard and contributed 6 points. In only 5 minutes Ethan Michaels had 4 points and 1 rebound. Free Throws…a very good night at the line, one bright spot.



Enough of this. It was a game and it was a loss. I think the team needs to look into the mirror and decide what team they are going to be on the court. Are our big’s going to play BIG on offense and defense? Are we going to put a layup up and make it whether we do or don’t get fouled? Are we going to guard the whole court? MWC starts at home in seven days. Time for soul searching before conference play begins. GO FALCONS



Air Force Falcons STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

Mike Fitzgerald, F

19

3-7

1-3

2-2

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

9

DeLovell Earls, F

16

0-1

0-0

2-2

2

4

0

1

0

2

1

2

Taylor Broekhuis, C

16

2-4

0-0

1-2

0

5

1

0

0

1

1

5

Todd Fletcher, G

20

1-3

0-1

0-0

0

1

4

0

0

4

2

2

Michael Lyons, G

33

7-16

1-5

4-6

1

2

2

0

0

2

2

19

BENCH

MIN

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

Kyle Green, G

12

1-3

1-2

0-1

1

2

2

0

0

2

2

3

Chase Kammerer, F

3

1-1

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Ethan Michael, F

5

1-2

0-0

2-2

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

4

Marek Olesinski, F

11

1-1

0-0

0-0

3

5

1

1

0

0

3

2

Justin Hammonds, F

13

2-3

0-1

5-6

0

4

0

1

1

1

1

9

Kamryn Williams, F

10

1-2

0-0

4-5

2

4

0

1

0

1

1

6

Max Yon, G

14

1-2

1-1

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

1

2

3

T Coggins

22

1-4

0-1

0-0

1

2

1

0

0

0

3

2

C Michael

6

0-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

22-51

4-14

20-26

11

35

14

4

1

18

18

68

43.1%

28.6%

76.9%



Richmond Spiders STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

Greg Robbins, F

24

1-6

0-0

0-0

0

1

5

1

0

3

1

2

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, F

14

0-2

0-1

0-1

0

2

0

0

0

1

5

0

Darien Brothers, G

25

7-11

6-9

5-6

0

4

1

2

0

2

4

25

Cedrick Lindsay, G

19

2-4

1-3

2-3

0

1

4

1

0

0

2

7

Kendall Anthony, G

30

8-11

7-9

8-9

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

31

BENCH

MIN

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

Jonathan Benjamin, G

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne Sparrow, G

27

2-5

0-1

0-0

0

4

4

3

0

1

3

4

Trey Davis, F

15

3-3

1-1

2-6

2

4

0

0

0

2

3

9

Luke Piotrowski, C

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

T Allen

15

4-7

0-1

0-0

1

3

0

1

0

3

3

8

L Moyer

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

D Taylor

22

2-2

1-1

0-0

1

4

3

1

1

0

2

5

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

29-53

16-26

17-25

5

25

20

10

1

12

25

91

54.7%

61.5%

68.0%

GO FALCONS

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:20 PM

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eek1Me thinks our basketball guys watched their football compadres in the Armed Forces Bowl. Evidently the visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads was more of a focus for the Senior players than I originally thought. I wish I knew why our more experienced players seemingly just want to waltz through their final game/season before they get their commissions and press onto their assignments. Yes, I know - that's why they're here. If the Seniors lack the intensity or desire to play their best at all times so be it. Bench'em and let the younger "I really want to win" players take over. Put me in Coach cuz I'll play my guts out! It's the only way I ever played sports.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:35 PM

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Falcon Fanatic 1,

I totally agree. The Falcons have 5 seniors on this squad, all with plenty of experience. For the last four years, LTC has been saying, wait 'til these guys become juniors/seniors, look out!

Well, the Fab 5 are all seniors now, and like you said, and for whatever reason, they waltzed through the game last night. They blew yet another opportunity to make a "statement". On second thought, they did make a statement, and whether they like it or not, that statement was that they didn't care enough about the game to play with the intensity to win, or to even stay in the game longer than 10 minutes.

I'm with you. Let the White Team get the reps this week, and let the Blue starters earn their jobs back . . . if they want them. I'd rather see Tre, Kam, Max or Cam, Delovell, and the Big O start against Nevada if the Fab 5 are going to give that kind of effort next week.

DP kind of made that statement by only starting part of the orignal five for the second half. I hope the Fab 5 got the message.

72 Eagle Driver

A footnote:  If pilots in my squadron put forth that kind of effort before and during a Red Flag mission, I'd have them all pulling SOF, "Duty Hog" or driving the crew bus the next day.

Last edited 1/3/2013 3:49 PM by 72EagleDriver

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:02 PM

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There were plenty of pilots in the house last night. 2 of the "fab 5" got an earful. The other 3 would have gotten it too, but didn't see them after the game. No excuses. Man Up.
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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:44 AM

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Well, I did pay the $9.95 to watch the game.  I had looked forward to seeing the Falcons play a team on a three-game losing streak that was smaller than Air Force. 

This game reminded me of what Air Force did to Georgia in the NIT at Clune.  The Georgia players found themselves down by 20+ in short order and had a shocked look on their faces the rest of the game. 

The thing about this game that really bothered me is the aspect already mentioned by everyone here--AFA got outhustled from start to finish.  Richmond had more energy and gave a greater effort.  That is such an unusual situation that it was startling, but it was clear to anyone who was watching.  Loose balls coming to our players were stolen by Richmond repeatedly.  Poor, sloppy ball handling and failure to fight for rebounds were the norm for the Falcons in this game.

Most teams have a game or two that is an aberration.  I hope that is what we saw in Richmond.  If not, MWC play is not going to be pretty.  The talent on this team is too good to produce what we saw in the last game.  But to play to the level to which they are capable, they have to bring the energy and focus.
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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:51 AM

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biggrinWent to the Coach's show last evening and Coach P hit on all of posters' comments mentioned. The bottome line - it was just one game and was not typical of what the Falcons are capable of bringing or will bring in the future. Hopefully, that's all true. GO GALCONS! Beat the Wolf Pack.
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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:14 AM

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AAHEAVY wrote: There were plenty of pilots in the house last night. 2 of the "fab 5" got an earful. The other 3 would have gotten it too, but didn't see them after the game. No excuses. Man Up.

AAHeavy...good words.  If you are who I think you are give me a 'pat on my back' at the next game you attend.  Take care.  Hopefully this will be the game this team remembers every time they step on the court.

FlyAA....agree.  Must find the focus.  Sorry your 'first' time seeing these guys was this game, they have played much better and will do so again.

Fanatic...good seeing you last night and agree 100% with what you said of what Coach P discussed.  He did not sugar coat it at all but knows there is more to look forward to after learning from this game and more good basketball to be played by this team.  I did hear him say something about two bigs on the floor at a time maybe in the future.  I would like to see that if/when it happens.  Me personally, maybe get Ethan more time at the five and move Taylor and/or Oly to the four at times.  Justin Hammonds in a 'tweener' but still fits the role also.

BEAT NEVADA....ALOT more bball to be played in what WILL be a tough MWC.

GO FALCONS

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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:34 PM

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Hate to read about a game like this, I'd think there would be more fire after the Florida game finished the way it did. Anyone who thought Chris Mooney wouldn't have Richmond prepared to match (and as it clearly was, exceed) the Falcon's motivation and intensity clearly needs a refresher on their Falcon Basketball history. It's good to hear Coach P acknowledging these issues rather than opt to spread sunshine and roses. Hope the bitter taste of this type of defeat is well remembered, because it doesn't get easier in conference play.
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