Showing posts with label Tayvon Jackson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tayvon Jackson. Show all posts

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mount can't pull upset; falls at Verizon Center

The Mount put up a good fight, but just didn't have the horses to pull off the upset at Verizon Center as Georgetown made plays when they needed to and took care of Mt. St. Mary's 83-62 on Monday evening.

The Hoyas showed why they are a ranked team and the Mount showed why it is considered the favorite in the NEC. But in the end the difference between the two teams showed as well. The Hoyas took an early lead, withstood a Mount run in the first half, and built an 11-point halftime lead despite a hot shooting three-point attack from the Mount.

The Mount couldn't really contend with the Hoyas inside. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead all players in both categories, while Julian Vaughn had 14 and 8. The inside play opened up the outside as Chris Wright knocked down 4 trifectas and finished with 18 points.

MSM was led by Jean Cajou with 16 points, who is showing signs of the long-range deadeye that helped carry the Mount to the NCAA tourney two years ago. Tayvon Jackon was next in line for the Mount with 11, while Lamar Trice chipped in 8 for that Mount that shot 40% from the field.

The Mount faces Robert Morris on Thursday night in a rematch of last year's NEC championship game. The Mount will enter with a 3-3 record while Robert Morris, which has had 11 days off, will enter at 1-4.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Observations from the Navy Win

I debated and debated whether or not I wanted to make the trip. The advent of the internet allows us to watch most games on the road - and I knew I could see this. Plus my family wasn't able to make the trip as my daughter was participating in the Christmas Parade. She ended up lighting the tree with Governor Rendell, so I was sorry that I missed that. But I was really happy to have made the trip. It was well worth it.

  • Navy's Alumni Hall is a top-notch facility. The whole military academy thing is pretty cool. Because of security you have to park off campus - and they shuttle you onto the site. I don't have a Department of Defense sticker, so I parked at the football stadium and they bussed me and the rest of the crowd to the Arena. Alumni Hall has two distinct seating levels, which only the lower bowl was open on Saturday night. I found the section behind the Mount bench, and saw numerous familiar faces.
  • There is a comment on here that the Mount was 25 points better than this Navy squad. As fans, I think we need to be extremely careful about our expectations for this squad. Especially with Will Holland out with an injury. Now, was the Mount the better team? Yes, absolutely. But I thought this Navy team was better than American and probably better than Loyola. The game was in their building - and they beat us last year. Getting a W was a good thing.
  • The Mount did make it look fairly easy real early. The offense was sharp and balanced and the defense was taking Navy out of its gameplan.
  • The lead was nine at halftime, but Navy made some key adjustments at the break and turned up the defense in the second half, and essentially took away the perimeter from the Mount. It allowed some penetration, but the Mount missed some shots. 
  • I wasn't overly impressed with Chris Harris in the first half. He missed a good portion of it with fouls and missed every shot he put up. He did not get to the free throw line. I'm pretty sure it was his mother I saw talking loudly into a cell phone on the concourse level, "No he's not hurt, he is just playing terribly."
  • I give a lot of credit to Navy's resurgence in the second half to Harris. The Midshipmen were playing against one of the best defenses they will face this year - and Harris was being guarded by Jean Cajou - who I fully expect to win NEC defensive player of the year. Still the guard managed to work extremely hard off the ball and score 15 points in the 2nd 20 minutes. I think he worked so hard that he might have run out of gas a bit - and his 2-for-4 performance from the free throw line in overtime - breaking a consecutive made streak of 38, might have been a result. 
  • Still, the game never should have gotten to overtime. The Mount led by six and was at the free throw line to make the lead seven with just under two to play. However, they didn't score the rest of the way and Navy converted some chances and was able to tie the score.
  • The Mount got a decent shot from Shawn Atupem working on the low block at the end of the game. But his 8 footer fell off the rim and it went to overtime.
  • Credit the experience and the composure of the Mount in overtime for the victory. Here they were having led the whole way and fighting desperately to hold the lead on the road and all of a sudden the game was tied. But Jeremy Goode got the team started in overtime, and Jean Cajou hit a key three-pointer as the shot clock expired to provide some needed seperation in ot.
  • Also, the Mount staff gave the game ball to Tayvon Jackson - and it was for a deserved effort. Tayvon continued his run of recent strong performances with a 5 point 8 rebound effort. However, if I was making the choice my vote very well may have gone to Kelly Beidler. The senior seemed to get every rebound down the stretch and in overtime and finished with 14 caroms. He also had 4 blocks and 5 steals to go along with 9 points.
  • Goode and Cajou led the scoring efforts with 17 and 16. The foul shooting was better although it could have been better. Still all in all, this was a good win on the road against a team that I think will probably win more than it loses in the Patriot League. I'll be interested to see the Navy result with Quinnipiac on Monday night.
The Mount now travels to Georgetown to take on the Hoyas on Monday. The game will be broadcast on MASN.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My thoughts on the Tech game

I know that if I had written this post immediately after the game last night, what you would read would be a lot different. Because, make no mistake about it. Last night hurt. Hurt a lot.

There aren't many times you get the opportunity to go into the barn of an ACC team, expected to contend for an NCAA tourney berth and walk away with a win. But that is exactly what could have, and possibly should have happened last night. Because for 35 of the 40 minutes of action (and I might be a little conservative in the number) the Mount was the better basketball team. It played better defense. It protected the basketball better. It hustled more. And it created better scoring opportunities.

Still, in the end, the fact that the Mount missed some shots that I'm sure they feel they'd make today, earlier in the game, allowed the Hokies to make some key shots late and rally for a 62-57 win. Malcolm Delaney's three foul shots with under a minute to play finally gave the Hokies a lead they would never relinquish. Jeremy Goode's open, yet not wide open three-pointer, bounced off the rim a few seconds later and the Hokies were able to walk away with the W.

It was refreshing afterwards to see Milan Brown say, "we are done with moral victories." He is 100% correct in the fact that the Mount must believe that every night it walks out onto the floor they have a chance to win the basketball game. And the schedule, although it is loaded with quality opponents, many on the road, does not present this team with unwinnable games.

So let's take a look at what went right last night....

1) Jean Cajou stepped up when he was needed in the second half. This team is going to need another scorer. Jeremy Goode is going to get his points, and he's going to create points and opportunities for other. But there are going to be times when it is necessary for someone else to step up. Cajou did that last night.

2) The defense and rebounding was so much better than it was on Friday night versus Loyola. Credit the coaching staff for making some adjustments at key spots. And also credit the players for getting it done. Defense and rebounding is about desire. And it was obvious that the players knew their assignments. I can only recall two specific times where the Tech offensive rebounding made a difference. Also give credit to Kelly Beidler for slowing AD Vasallo down. He's a solid offensive player, better than most the Mount will see and Beidler seemed to really contain him.

3) I also liked the continued development of Shawn Atupem. He continues to score points and provide an athletic option down low. Tech made some adjustments to take him away, but I think he surprised them early.

4) Also give credit to the deep bench. Obviously, not a lot of minutes out of the bench. But I thought that Lamar Trice and Tayvon Jackson really gave quality contribution when they were in the game. The fear when you're playing a level or two above the normal level, is that by taking the starters out, the level of play really drops. But that was not noticeable last night. In fact, Trice even got into the lane made a great pass and looked comfortable on the floor. Jackson picked up a bucket.

From this, this team will get better. Last night was part of the process. It demonstrated how far along in the process this program has traveled. But it also showed that there is still ground to be covered. I have confidence in this group that the development will continue, and that they next time they are faced with a similar circumstance they will have a better chance to persevere.

Last night hurt, that's a good thing.