4:14 - Very concerned about the Mount's ability to block out and rebound today. Loyola does very well getting to the glass. And if there offense is going to be the efficient like it has been early, it could be a long day in Baltimore. The Hounds lead 9-4 have made 4-of-5 and rebounded the one missed shot.
4:20 - Robert Burke has called a timeout with the Mount trailing 14-4. Not much going well for the Mount, missing shots and not defending well. Not a good combination. Got to get back into it immediately.
4:23 - 11:48 now to play in the first half and its 18-6 Loyola. The Greyhounds had scored 13 straight before Lamar Trice hit a jumper to end the Mount drought. Raven Barber has returned for the Mount. After missing the last two games with the flu it's good to see him in there. But the Mount is giving too many easy baskets and not making open ones at the other end.
4:33 - 20-10 Loyola at the U8 MTO. Mount is 3-for-19 from the floor. Starting to press a little offensively and force shots that don't have much of a chance. Only down 10, they have to get back into running their stuff and letting the offensive flow create points. Loyola is not a good offensive team and has cooled off. The Mount can cut into the lead and be in the game at halftime.
4:42 - Getting tough to watch. It's 30-16 Greyhounds. Mount getting beat for open jump shots, lobs for dunks and just not into it on the defensive end. And that effort might be better than what we've seen from the offense which has been pretty poor to this point. Need to finish the half strong and give yourself some momentum headed to the locker room.
4:47 - Mount down 11 needs a stop and a bucket to cut it to less than double figures at halftime.
4:50 - Mount got the stop but not the bucket. Trails 34-23 at the half. Feels like a lot more than that, and maybe that is why I think the Mounties still have a second half chance. But they've got to be a lot better. Got to close off the interior offense that has gone well for Loyola in the first half. And then they've got to be patient and run their stuff offensively and get some points out of that. There is no 12-point shot, so they've got to cut into the lead in pieces.
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