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Like a School of Piranha on the Attack

Posted: 2/10/2012 10:35 PM

Like a School of Piranha on the Attack 


Marietta's five little point guards were like a school of piranah attacking a slowly moving animal in a pool of water.

And Marietta won this without Anthony Jennings, so they were short handed.

Wheeler has enough seniors on this time to be doing better. It is not just a question of lack of experiece. They are playing poorly and have one particular problem that they can't deal with.

Wheeler should hope that it wins that coin toss. If they don't, I thnk they'll come out of the region tourney in the #3 position.

Also, Lipscomb yanked Johnson 3 or 4 minutes into the 3rd and he never came back. Wonder why?
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Posted: 2/11/2012 12:12 AM

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I don't know about the Piranha comparison. Wheeler appeared to beat themselves honestly. How many free throws did Wheeler miss? It had to be around 12-15. How many errant-ill advised passes which weren't even made under pressure? Probably 5-7.

Not one kid on the team is an above average passer and it absolutely kills any chance of going on a serious run. The guards can't dump it down low to the bigs and any fast break chance is blown by a bone-headed pass.

Wheeler made the mistake tonight in thinking they would get into a three point shoot out in the first quarter. They just can't knock down threes. Wheeler has got to run there offense through Chuck. If they can't do that Kejuan and JB have got to slash to the basket. No one else on the perimeter wants to cross the three point line. The most consistent three point threat is probably Kejuan, but his lack of focus is troublesome to say the least.

Guard play is really weak this year for Wheeler and Lip's system runs on quick defense and fast break offense. Let me toss out some names, Shoko Crowley, Sharaud Curry, Corey Tower, JT Tiller, James Florence, Tramaine Aaron, Richarde McCary, David Gonzalvez, Karl Cochran, Derick Evans. All of those guards would cause turnovers all day. They would easily break down any guard on this squad.

Smoak finishes well around the rim, but lacks any type of quickness and vision. Really no one on the team has any vision or serious intestinal fortitude. At the end of the day Wheeler matches up great against the giants like Shiloh and Milton. If Wheeler runs into a guard heavy team that likes to run and play defense it will be a long night.

I believe that Wheeler can still right the ship. If I was Lip I would seriously think about running Lucas Luster out there for at least 15-20 minutes a game. The best defenders on the team are Luster, Obande, Eboka, and Lipscomb. Lipscomb sticks people but can't strip. Eboka and Obande are high energy hustle types. Luster is the one that can get steals and he also has the speed Wheeler needs.

I will be curious to see who comes out on top in the region. It could be Walton for all we know.

Last edited 2/11/2012 12:17 AM by 45Degrees

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Posted: 2/11/2012 9:56 AM

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You are not giving Marietta due credit. Their levels of intensity, teamwork and, yes, pressure were much higher. IMO, they beat Wheeler mentally, coupled a little bit with better conditioning. (By the way, I am not a Marietta fan.)

I do agree that the region is up for grabs. One way or another, I think it will be Wheeler or Walton though, maybe depending oddly enough on tomorrow's coin toss and the resulting seedings.

As far as Marietta goes, I think that the loss of Jennings will catch up with them.
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Posted: 2/11/2012 11:46 AM

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Johnson wasn't doing anything that's why Doug decided to play the rest of the game without him. My question is why did wheeler wait until 5 minutes left in the game and down by 14 to take advantage of their height?

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Marietta's five little point guards were like a school of piranah attacking a slowly moving animal in a pool of water.

And Marietta won this without Anthony Jennings, so they were short handed.

Wheeler has enough seniors on this time to be doing better. It is not just a question of lack of experiece. They are playing poorly and have one particular problem that they can't deal with.

Wheeler should hope that it wins that coin toss. If they don't, I thnk they'll come out of the region tourney in the #3 position.

Also, Lipscomb yanked Johnson 3 or 4 minutes into the 3rd and he never came back. Wonder why?

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