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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6900 on: January 16, 2019, 02:22:32 pm »
To be fair about Hopkins ... they have been adjusting to life without Delaney since Christmas. Last week was their first opportunity. While they played well in Vegas, they also did lose three straight to start this part of the season without Delaney.

I think they adjusted well in Vegas, though they were also dealing with O'Neil being sick which didn't help as Villa got worn out. I think they will prove to be just as dangerous without Delaney.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6901 on: January 16, 2019, 02:35:14 pm »
Totally agree. I think a Vegas tournament right out of break is a tough time to judge a team with that kind of roster change either way (other teams dont know how to scout them, the team trying to figure out what will work). So I sort of threw those two out. I think a major issue for them will really just be minutes distribution. Who picks up the 27 minutes and handles to ball? I don't think they are out of it at all in the long run, but against a team that can play a lot of tough guards like Dickinson does they could struggle.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6902 on: January 17, 2019, 04:19:11 pm »


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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6903 on: January 19, 2019, 04:13:41 pm »
Wow!  What a game.  Ursinus defeats Swat 94-88.  That was one of the best D3 games I have seen in some time.  Both teams played very well and the Bears prevailed.  Swat shot 45% overall---43.3% from three and 83.3% from the line and had only 7 turnovers. They played an excellent game and, in my view, are still the team to beat in the CC.

But, my friends, my Bears are in the hunt.  When they played earlier at Swat they were down two starters and today they were without George Gordon, a key rotation player on a day when you are playing against three excellent bigs.  Bears shot 53% over all including 64% from three and an amazing 89% from the line.  The best game Ursinus has played this year.  Go Bears!

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6904 on: January 19, 2019, 11:31:49 pm »
Yeah, Swat gave up 57 points in the second half. I was shocked but have to give Ursinus credit. Biggest shocker? Ursinus bench - ZERO points and still a win!

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6905 on: January 20, 2019, 08:23:51 am »
Congrats to Coach Small and Ursinus for their big win over Swat. 94 points against a strong Swat defensive team...the Bears came to play!

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6906 on: January 20, 2019, 10:32:47 am »
Yeah, Swat gave up 57 points in the second half. I was shocked but have to give Ursinus credit. Biggest shocker? Ursinus bench - ZERO points and still a win!

Bench has been solid this year for the Bears.  As I said, George Gordon did not play due to flu (10 points/game) and Lucas Olshevski had a tough day missing at least four layups.  Both are normally solid rotation players.  Bruce Edwards did not score but he played solid defense.  Hard to name one Ursinus star as they all played well but Eric Williams certainly led the way with 30 points even though guarded very closely.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6907 on: January 20, 2019, 01:06:25 pm »
I've been impressed with Ursinus, though curious about their inconsistency. I've seen them and then always wondered later why they didn't seem to be better from time to time.

I'm not surprised they beat Swat... I think they have that capability. They also shot really well and, from what I was told and surmised, attacked Swat's defense. That cat might be out of the bag and Swat adjusts, but well done by the Bears.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6908 on: January 21, 2019, 01:09:40 pm »
D-Mac,

Ursinus has been inconsistent this year although obviously talented.  Part of the reason is they lost their sophomore starting point guard two days before their first game in November so they have had to improvise at that position.  Then they lost two starters for the whole month of December.  The two are now playing again but rusty having missed so much time.  Think they will be fine for the rest of the season.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6909 on: January 23, 2019, 04:29:43 pm »
thanks for the report Gabriel
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6910 on: January 25, 2019, 11:44:45 am »
Tough one last night for the Fords. Played Swat even @Swat with Scibelli only playing 20 mins with foul trouble. I think they're better than their record indicates and I think Coach Doherty has done a great job considering where the program was a year and a half ago.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6911 on: January 25, 2019, 02:56:31 pm »
gofords,

Couldn't agree more.  Fords are getting better by the hour it seems.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6912 on: January 26, 2019, 09:51:30 am »

I'm going to Swat - F&M today.  I'm not sure if the almost losing will wake Swat up.  Excited that I have no idea what to expect from either team.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6913 on: January 27, 2019, 10:55:35 am »
ursinus is looking solid right now...playing well together with three solid players in williams jr, stark and mctamney. unselfish, excited and patient in their win over dickinson yesterday.
fords playing good basketball with several close losses. scibelli is their clear leader but they are also playing well together as a unit.
good job by coach small and coach doherty

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6914 on: January 27, 2019, 03:09:45 pm »
centfan,

Agree with you regarding both Ursinus and Haverford. They meet on Wednesday at Haverford. Should be a good game.

Ursinus struggled in the first half against Dickinson but took control in the second half when they switched from zone to man.  Dickinson was well prepared for their zone.  You mentioned the Ursinus big three, and I will add Muredda and Edwards, both unselfish and solid defenders in ways that do not always show up in the box score.  Also, Ryan Hughes is an excellent freshman who gets better and better each game on both ends of the court. Go Bears!