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Postgame: Air Force Wins over Nevada in MWC Opener after slow first half behind Fitzgerald’s 30 pts
A tale of two halves for the Falcons last night and that is good! Typically in a blog such as this, a statement comparing the two halves of play has a tendency to be good to bad. But last night was just the opposite. Air Force came into the game scoring quickly but, hampered by a very good and aggressive Nevada full court press and trap defense, quickly gave the lead away and found themselves down by 9 points. Air Force had played well against #9 Florida’s full court press so what was happening? Give credit to Nevada for playing aggressive and for Air Force committing 10 turnovers during that first half. But Air Force did not give up as had happened often during the previous four seasons, they made a run and closed it to a 3 point game on Todd Fletchers 3 point shot to end the half. Whew….what would the second half bring?
Fast forward through intermission and Air Force retook the court leaving its early jitters behind, found their offense in the form of Mike Fitzgerald, Todd Fletcher and Taylor Broekhuis, took care of the ball (on 4 turnovers in the second half) and played some lock down defense. Postgame comments from Coach P and staff said the jitters of opening MWC play at home after the extended break away from Clune Arena (had not played there since the 8th of December) maybe got into the players heads too much. They pressed themselves early and, although credit goes to Nevada’s press, had unforced turnovers early trying to make too much happen too quick. Those worries were left in the locker room after the half.
Offensively you could see the Falcons say ‘we are going to go inside’ and find ways to score or to get a better look outside. You could see that from the opening possession where Todd drove to the basket and scored quickly followed by another backdoor cut and layup by the Falcons. Quick hands by Nevada’s defense hindered the team early but in the second half the Falcons seemed to dribble less, let the ball and the pass do the job more and used aggressive cuts to move the ball and the offense. It worked.
On defense, the Falcons were helped more by getting the offense going than just what Nevada did. Playing with a lead early, the Wolf Pack was patient and exploited the inside of the lane time and time again along with a few early 3 point shots that were completely shut down in the second half.
Key stats for both teams:
AF FG 1st 48% 2nd 56% Gm 52% 3pt 1st 38% 2nd 78% Gm 59% FT 1st 78% 2nd 93% Gm 87%
Reb 27 TO 14 Asst 15 PF 15 Pts/Paint 22 Off TO’s 20 Pts Bench 17
Nev FG 1st 45% 2nd 40% Gm 43% 3pt 1st 25% 2nd 36% Gm 31% FT 1st 100% 2nd60% Gm 78%
Reb 28 TO 15 Asst 12 PF 20 Pts/Paint 24 Off TO’s 13 Pts Bench 25
Key’s for Nevada’s offense was an exceptional game from Deonte Burton with 21 points with 4 threes. He played an aggressive game on both ends of the court. Biggest surprise was the job AF’s defense did on their leading scorer Malik Story, coming into the game with 16ppg was held to only 3 points last night on excellent defense by the Falcons.
Biggest kudos of the night goes to Mike Fitzgerald who lived up to what we knew he could do and what we have been waiting for. The irony is that Mike’s parents make each and every game, but last night might be the ‘only’ game they miss this season. And it would have been a good one to see. Mike was an astounding career high 30 pts on 9-10 shooting making 4-5 3pts shots, 9-9 FT’s, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 TO in 32 minutes of play. I believe one of the biggest things that has hurt Mike this season is early foul trouble has taken him out of his game. Last night he worked hard inside and outside. The fans on the Nevada forum question how he got open time and time again. Part of it was the concern for Mike Lyons, the Falcons leading statistical scorer. They keyed on Mike time and time again often with the double. Using the offense effectively Mike did not try to press his shots but found teammates who then found Fitz and the results were in. Mike contributed not by scoring tonight but in other ways especially on the defensive end. Todd did what many have been telling Todd to do and that is shoot the ball. Again, he found himself guarded tight, but the emphasis was on stopping Mike. The comfort in which Todd shot over a 6’8” Nevada player (who knew he was going to shoot at the end of the first half with 3 seconds to go) and calmly make the shot says it all. The tough part for defending the small Falcons this season is ‘who do you worry most about’ since we do have more weapons this season.
Cannot forget to talk about the others that contributed. Good and aggressive game from Taylor Broekhuis. Playing an all inside game a workmanlike effort he had 10pts on 4-7 FG and 2-2 FT, 3 rebounds and an excellent 5 assists from our big man. Maybe biggest ‘smallest’ efforts were those minutes by Max Yon and Justin Hammonds. Both played excellent defense and their effort on the court helped inspire teammates. Max had 7 points in a season high 17 minutes on 2-3/1-1 3pt, 2-2 FT and 5 rebounds. Justin played well and got the second half start. Finished with only 4 pts but in 12 minutes had 1 reb, 1 assist and 2 steals. Tre’ added good minutes in giving rest to Todd and had 3 pts, 0 TO’s versus Nevada’s tough press.
How did we do versus my keys to the game (from my pregame blog):
Key’s for Air Force to win this game:
- Do not settle for the three point shot as our primary tool when on offense. We went inside out and it worked.
- We must force Nevada to defend and not give them the easy breather on a possession. AF worked the ball especially second half. Their coach commented postgame they didn’t ‘defend’ for the entire clock.
- We must deny their tall lineup from dominating the glass especially for 2nd chance shots on offense. Rebounds were within one and 2nd chance points did not lose this game.
- Our bigs when inside the lane must play like bigs, both tough and physical. Improved but still gave up inside shots at times, need to be more aggressive.
- On defense we must force Nevada to shoot outside the arc. Deny them penetration. Nevada shot only 31% from the arc. Did a good job on changing more to a 1-2-2 zone to stop the penetration. Good adjustment from Coach P and staff.
- Lastly, and it’s been discussed before, we are getting very good minutes from our bench on both ends of the court. Still not many bench points but very good minutes.
A good overall win to open the season for Air Force. Happy for the team and the Staff. Points to ponder:
1) Not a good crowd at Clune (1800) but the football team in Section 8 was there. Good effort by the fans that wanted to be at the game but, like the players at times, need to get meaner (translate: louder) and cheer more.
2) Refs were MWC refs for both teams, what can you say.
3) MWC is tough. Games last night include #24 UNLV (next up for AF) lose at the Pit to #25 NM (Moser only played 14 minutes). BSU give Wyoming first loss (BSU did not travel 3-4 players to include scoring leader due to discipline AND Wyoming’s Martinez leading scorer did not play due to broken hand from a bar fight). Surprise #16 SDSU only wins by 3 pts at Fresno State (6-8). Road wins are a valued commodity.
BEAT THE REBELS
10 Jan 2013 New: AF Men win over Nevada with Fitzgeralds 30pts, AF Women lose, MWCAir Force dominant down stretch in conference opener Rick's Falcon Review: Air Force 78 vs Nevada 65Ramsey: Clune Arena agains fills with happines: Air Force over Nevada Nevada: Pack fades in first MWC gameNevada's notebook: Stop Lyons but Story got lost MWC Kirk leads New Mexico past UNLV Postgame NM over UNLVBoise State basketball beats Wyoming at buzzer, despite suspension of four ... Recap: Wyoming vs. Boise State Freshman guard Adams fills vacancies for Wyoming men's basketball team Postgame SDSU over FSUFresno State men's basketball team edged by No. 16 San Diego State Air Force women lose to Nevada Nevada Women Basketball Defeats Air Force, 67-54 - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno ...
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72EagleDriver wrote: LTC,Speaking of the crowd, did you notice Lt Gen Gould started "AIR. . . . FORCE" last night! Cheerleaders, take note.72 Eagle Driver
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ltcpilot wrote: Fan particiaption notes...........1) Crowd claps more when the cheerleaders come on/off the court than when the players do.2) Crowd claps more when the dancers come on/off the court than when the players do.3) Crowd claps more when halftime entertainment comes on/off the floor than when the players do. 4) Section 8 (mostly football players) was sparse but more than we have had all year. Nice to see. But except for the players/Section 8 in the corner giving Nevada a hard time were not really 'in to the game'.5) Just don't see excitement from the fans as a whole, just from the diehards..."it's only enetertainment not a participation event" is the feel I get6) I yelled and am hoarse and happier for it! (still can't clear my ears so probably won't be able to go fly tomorrow...drat )7) Home MWC opener and only 1800 butts in the stands...sadBut 'build it and they will come' may just equal 'win and they will come'....we have seen it in the Chamber (I mean Clune) before.
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falconfanatic1 wrote: . . . I got home in time to watch the Boise State team without four of its players defeat the Cowboys in Laramie on a 3 point buzzer beater . . .
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ltcpilot wrote: 72EagleDriver wrote: LTC,Speaking of the crowd, did you notice Lt Gen Gould started "AIR. . . . FORCE" last night! Cheerleaders, take note.72 Eagle DriverFan particiaption notes...........1) Crowd claps more when the cheerleaders come on/off the court than when the players do.2) Crowd claps more when the dancers come on/off the court than when the players do.3) Crowd claps more when halftime entertainment comes on/off the floor than when the players do. 4) Section 8 (mostly football players) was sparse but more than we have had all year. Nice to see. But except for the players/Section 8 in the corner giving Nevada a hard time were not really 'in to the game'.5) Just don't see excitement from the fans as a whole, just from the diehards..."it's only enetertainment not a participation event" is the feel I get6) I yelled and am hoarse and happier for it! (still can't clear my ears so probably won't be able to go fly tomorrow...drat )7) Home MWC opener and only 1800 butts in the stands...sadBut 'build it and they will come' may just equal 'win and they will come'....we have seen it in the Chamber (I mean Clune) before.
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