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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2020, 12:58:01 pm »
Everyone ok out there? Since I have some unusual down time. I think I'm going to try to gather the list of Mount Union "commits" in the coming days... Unless someone else is already on it 😁

So far so good in central OH.  All the other businesses on our floor are dark, but since they still haven't extended the tax deadline we're still here 7 days a week until they do.  It's certainly odd seeing the parking lot empty and all the restaurants on the first floor closed.  Silver lining is traffic is a breeze this week!   ;D     

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 12, 2020, 04:39:41 pm »
Mark Emmert announced that all NCAA winter and spring championships are cancelled.  What a shame for this extraordinary group of seniors.  As a fan I'm upset.  I can't imagine the heartbreak in that locker room that their season is over. 

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 08, 2020, 12:25:56 pm »
That York game was a grind.  Early on watching it I thought Mount was going to win fairly easily just because York looked slow and unathletic by comparison, but York just kept battling back.  I didn't see anyone that could create their own shot.  But man do they work.  They defended well completely shutting down Gurley.  They ran ball screen after ball screen and executed their offense well.  They hit open 3's.  I was very impressed with Gordon.  He had a nice stroke.  In a lot of ways they reminded of an OAC team.  Nothing super flashy, but just a good, well coached team with several good players, but no dominant player.

Mount survived an off night from Gurley (0-9 although 3 or 4 of those were halfway down the cylinder and somehow came out) and Friga.  To his credit Friga shook off a slow start and hit some key shots down the stretch.  They only survived because Bower-Malone was unconscious shattering the single game scoring record with 53 (15-21 FG, 7-8 from 3).  His deep jumper has been a little inconsistent since he hurt his ankle, but he said in the postgame that his ankle finally felt good and he wasn't lying.  And getting 6 days to let it heal even more is great news for us Mount fans.  He's such a difference maker and every tick he gets closer to 100% is huge.

One last thought...you know it's win or go home time when you look at the minutes in the box score.  Other than Friga (27 min) the only other subs that played were Hill (limited to 6 min w 4 fouls) and Painter (4 min to give Bower-Malone a breather).  Carroll logged 33 min which I'm sure is his most of the season and responded with 9 pts and 13 reb.

I don't want this season to end because this team is just so much fun to watch.

   

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2020, 11:28:57 am »
IMO the biggest thing that Fuline brought to the program was his personality.  He is well liked and well respected by the HS coaches in NE Ohio from his time as their peer.  His players, current and former, seem to universally love him and his family.  That allows him to recruit at a higher level than the program had in the past.  It sounds silly, but he's brought heart and passion to the program and the players are drawn to it and respond to it.  A perfect example is seeing how the players emotionally interacted with not their coach, but his dad after they won the OAC title.  A lot of coaches preach that their program is like a family, but it seems like Fuline actually accomplishes it.  I hope he stays in Alliance for a long, long time because I couldn't be prouder of how he represents Mount. 

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2020, 10:56:36 am »
After dropping the second game at W&J and leaving town with a very respectable split to open the season Mount had a far less palatable split to open their FL trip yesterday.  They dropped the opener 6-3 to a Waynesburg squad that came into the game at 1-7.  Bounced back and won the second game 18-5 once they realized they had just lost to a 1-7 team I'm guessing.

And congratulations to freshman Dylan Eaton who picked up his first collegiate win in his first start.  He surrendered a lone unearned run against Waynesburg.  I assumed Davis would be the #1 but beyond that was unclear.  It certainly looks like a youth movement though as Eaton started behind Davis and the DH at W&J both starters were sophomores with Gallant shining there (5 IP, 1 R, 9 K).

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 01, 2020, 04:12:27 pm »
Can someone more intelligent on pool C than me tell me how much it hurts Etta being behind Witt on the latest RR considering Witt lost and also has poor SOS?  Are they both still safe?

As for last night's game I'll tell you this much...JCU is a good basketball team.  If they had won I would not want to play them in the first round.  Sartain was just killing Mount the entire first half.  It seemed like he was drilling every 3.  Fortunately he cooled off in the second half.  And as much of a Mount homer as I am even I have to admit that I would have been incensed over a few of the calls against JCU defending Bower-Malone if I was a Streak alum.  He does a really good job of using his off forearm to create space when he's pressured, but sometimes he's too physical with it IMO.  There were a couple times that I thought they easily could have called him for pushing off instead of a block on the D.  Of course I was clapping and praising the great calls during the actual game!

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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 01, 2020, 03:56:51 pm »
Some surprising(?) beginnings in the OAC thus far.  Leading that list is Berg (preseason #5) coming out 1-3 with losses to Anderson and Franklin.  Franklin coming off a 16-5 loss to Cap no less.

Etta is out to a 3-0 start.  It raised an eyebrow seeing they just beat Cortland 10-1, but then I saw that Cortland was 4-5 so far so perhaps not their normal selves.

Mount opened their season with a 10-1 win at #20 W&J today in the first half of a DH.  Getting ready to start game 2 so hoping for a sweep.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 28, 2020, 03:29:23 pm »
A great season capped off with OAC special awards.  Bower-Malone is POY and Fuline is COY.  Well deserved.  Friga was 1st team and Gurley 2nd team to round out the Raider honorees. 

As for the OAC tourney...I guess the clearest path to 3 OAC teams in the NCAA tourney would have been Mount losing in the semis to BW/Berg and then BW/Berg beating Etta in the finals?  But the actual scenario would probably be next best if JCU can beat Mount in the finals.  As much as I'm an OAC homer not even can I root for that to happen though.  Sorry Streaks, maybe next year! 

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:36:30 pm »
I was watching the Cap game at work yesterday and caught Coach Goodwin's pregame comments.  He seemed to think that Bower-Malone is the front runner for POY.  He also had high praise for the team overall mentioning that it was the best Mount team he had seen in 25 years and had the capability of winning a national title.

A quick look at Massey's computer rankings agree....Mount Union is #1 in the country this morning.

https://www.masseyratings.com/cb2020/ncaa-d3/ratings

I've been watching OAC basketball a long time and this year's Mount team is as good as I've seen. In a league this deep, to go 17-1 and be just a basket away from a perfect 18-0 is incredibly impressive. I am hoping they (and Marietta, and a possible third upset conference tournament winner) represent the conference well again on the national stage.

I was just telling my buddy yesterday that they very easily could be 25-0.  Not saying they should have won any of their 3 losses because they just didn't make the plays to win, but meaning that they absolutely had a good chance at the end to win all 3 of those games.  The flip side of course is that they had a couple games they easily could have lost if not for making big plays at the end.  It evens out.

The thing that gives me the most hope going forward is that they have depth and versatility for match ups game to game.  They have guys like Poole (6'5"), Slack (6'4") and Hill (6'7") if they need athletic length to defend smaller teams.  Carroll at 6'11" 250 is just a moose if you need to match up with a big center.  And in crunch time you're probably going to have Bower-Malone, Gurley and Friga on the floor giving you your 3 best scorers who also handle the ball, shoot the 3 well and all shoot 80%+ from the line. 

The knit pick items that have worried me have been taking their foot off the gas with a big lead, vulnerable to guys who can penetrate from the perimeter, sporadic trouble with full court pressure and sideline inbound issues leading to burning timeouts.  And yes, I realize I'm putting a microscope on things but I've watched almost all of their games so I've noticed more than a normal season!

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:12:40 am »
Well boys...

I applied.  I was one of 8 finalists asked to interview.  I felt great about my panel interview today.  Thought I nailed it.  But I got a canned email response tonight that "they're going in a different direction." 

I am happy I put myself out there.  I am glad I chased it.  I will likely accept the OC position at the school I've been teaching at for 11 years now.  They've been hounding me to come back every offseason for the last four years but I liked what I had going.  I will sit on this for a couple days but I just wanted to update the message board since I came on here about it a few weeks back.

Thanks gentlemen (and hscoach).   ;)

You're never going to regret taking your shots.  Good on you for putting yourself out there and going through the process.  Only positive stuff is going to grow from that experience no matter what you decide to do in the future.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:09:07 am »
I was watching the Cap game at work yesterday and caught Coach Goodwin's pregame comments.  He seemed to think that Bower-Malone is the front runner for POY.  He also had high praise for the team overall mentioning that it was the best Mount team he had seen in 25 years and had the capability of winning a national title.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 22, 2020, 06:22:14 pm »
With the regular season officially wrapped up I found myself a little surprised that I didn't think Dempsey was the slam dunk POY I thought he was originally.  I know I'm biased, but Bower-Malone has to be in that discussion.  Aside from being the floor general of the 17-1 conference champs his statistical resume is excellent headlined by being top 4 in scoring and assists:

17.6 PPG (#4 in the OAC)
5.6 APG (#1)
49.7% FG (#10)
39.2% 3FG (#16)
87.9% FT (#1)
4.3 RPG

If you're scoring that much and still putting up damn near 50/40/90 slash lines that's incredible efficiency.


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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:10:28 am »
Congratulations to Mount as they nailed down the outright OAC title last night beating BW 83-73.  They ran their win streak to 13 games.  Aside from that early head scratching weekend on the road this has been one magical regular season.  I'm old enough to remember the great Aaron Shipp/Neal Richards team from the mid 90's.  This team has the ability to end up in the discussion of best Mount team ever if they play like they can the next few weeks.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:09:59 pm »
Mount clinched at least a share of the OAC title as well as the #1 seed with their win over Berg on Saturday.  12 straight wins now.  It's their first back-to-back regular season titles since 1942!

Non-basketball related, but I saw a couple things that are part of what make D3 great.  Tip of the cap to the Berg players for wearing the #PapaStrong shirts during warm ups supporting Coach Fuline's dad and his battle with cancer.  Very classy move.  Secondly, when Fuline put in an injured senior at the very end of the game to dribble it out Berg walked over and fouled him so he could try to score from the line.  Not only did he get his first minute of his senior year, but he also cracked the box score knocking down the second FT.  Good sportsmanship on display.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2020, 07:33:13 pm »
Mount now sits alone atop the OAC standings after taking care of their road game at ONU Saturday.  This news surprised me because I'll admit that when I saw Etta up 12 at half at JCU I didn't really think to check back again.  I assumed Etta was in control.  So I was definitely surprised when I saw JCU outscored them by 25 in the second half.  It looks like Etta was stone cold from the floor in the second half while JCU heated up big time.

I watched the Mount game.  They played well rattling off their 8th straight win.  The first half was kind of back and forth with neither team really jumping out too much.  IMO the game had that feel where Mount wasn't up big, but I also wasn't really concerned that they weren't going to win ever.  Bottom line was I didn't think ONU could string together enough defensive stops at any point to go on any big run.  I said something to this effect earlier and I'll say it again...freshman CJ Napier is going to be a really nice player for ONU.  He's already a nice player to be fair to him.  He's just so effective scoring in different ways.  Nice mid-range stroke, good confidence pulling up, soft touch with either hand around the basket.  Never seems out of control, just works his moves.

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