Sunday, December 21, 2003

Jackets now 10-0...

...after they beat St.John's 79-66. Not great, but overall a decent game. We took care of business, but I just sense a lull in the team. The last three games to me have been frustrating, with long stretches of uninspired performances. Bottom line, they have enough in the tank to beat these teams in one half and have it carry over, but they better raise things up a notch soon. When ACC play rolls around, the level of competition is going up fast. Anyone who watched that UNC/WF game last night knows the ACC is back and in a big way. There will be no easy wins.

Defensively the team played pretty well, but St.John's hit their shots. They ended up shooting 40%, the 2nd opponent in a row that has done that. Outrebounded St.John's 39-34, but only forced 14 turnovers.

Offensively, we looked very stale at times and really didn't move the ball well in the half court set. That is where work needs to be done. I think these guys are relying too much on transition offense.

1. Luke played a VERY active game. I was pleased watching him defend, double-team and take it to the hoop. This guy is playing on another level compared to last year. He ended with 12 points (5-5), 9 boards, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 to.

2. Elder had a good game once he finally decided to start shooting the ball. Ended with 15 (6-10), 3 boards, 2 assists

3. Jack had a good overall game, even though his shooting was off again. Ended with 12 points (1-9), hit 10-11 free throws, 5 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals, 3 to's.

4. Lewis was cold in the first half and heated up in the 2nd half, ending with 10 (4-13). Not much else in the stat column quite frankly. No boards, no steals, 1 assist, 1 to.

5. McHenry played a nice game, scoring 8 (4-5), had 6 boards (3 offensive).

6. Moore also had 8 (3-5), hit 2-2 on 3pt, 2 boards, but fouled out. Seemed to be a little frustrated during the game.

7. Isma'il was very active during the game, came through again with a fantastic alley-oop reverse dunk from Jack. He caught the pass in front of the basket as he spun his body around and slammed it home. Another for the highlight reel. Ended with 8 (4-7), and had 12 boards, including 6 offensive. Very active on the glass.

8. Bynum gets another 19 minutes, scores 6 (2-4), has 5 assists and 1 to only. A solid outing, and there were many times where he passed up open shots. Not sure why.