Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BG wins BST Title


BG Wins 52-42 to capture the 2010 BST Summer League Championship. Why read a long, drawn out story about the game when you could actually watch the game along with play-by-play and read a brief recap of it?

Game Recap
An excellent basketball game, and an excellent way to end the 2010 edition of the BST Summer League....well, almost. The last 9 minutes are so weren't so great.

BG played stall ball up by 4. They had 2 different possessions which both lasted more than 2 minutes. They just sat there out on the perimter, just holding the ball, not even dribbling it, for minutes on end. For those few minutes, I'm not sure what was going on, but it sure as heck wasn't basketball.

Now I'm not saying it's BG's fault. They were playing to win. If Trinity was just going to sit in that zone and refuse to come out of it and defend, you're up by 4 points why not sit on the ball? And I'm not blaming Trinity either. They were playing zone all game. Obviously they felt like that was their best shot at winning, so that their bigs didn't have to come out on the perimeter and defend BG and their guard oriented team. So Trinity should be able to stay in the zone, since it's their best chance to win. They shouldn't have to change their gameplan just because NH is too stupid to not have a shot clock.

So I'm not blaming BG and I'm not blaming Trinity. I'm blaming the NHIAA. Anyone who can honestly say that they enjoyed watching the last 9 minutes of this game is kidding themselves. BG just sat there with the ball, not even doing anything for 2 straight minutes. All 10 players on the court were all JUST STANDNG THERE, not moving at all...for essentially 5 minutes straight! That's not basketball! Besides the fact that when you stall it completely takes you out of your rhythm offensively.

Ok, enough about that. I've talked enough on here already about how ridiculous it is that we don't have a shot clock. On to something else.

Sylvere Aluko was a beast in both trinity games tonight, especially vs. BG. In this one game alone he had about 9 points, 16 rebounds and 9 blocks. The 6'9" junior has definitely come a long way in the last year.

The biggest shot of the game was the three pointer by Logan Kesty that made it a 7 point game with just a few minutes left. With how slow the pace of the game was, and how Trinity was struggling to put up points in the second half, going up by 3 possessions that lead pretty much sealed the game. Must have felt good for Kesty to hit that shot against his former teammates.

Guertin's depth is staggering. They had 9 or 10 kids out there who can all flat out play, and they played together very well. All of that, and they were missing 4 of their top 10 players! The Cardinals didn't have Brad Holler, Steve Cuipa, Mike Kelly or Cooper Paul. I thought last year's BG team was deep, but this year's squad is even deeper.

44 comments:

  1. So what did everyone think about the stall ball played by BG? Jeremy I do not want to rewatch that part but I bet your commentary really was stimulating. lol

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  2. I would like to offer to be the camera man next year. I am thinking Jeremy needs some help.

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  3. haha, thanks for the offer. This was the first ever webcast I've done. I haven't used this camera before tonight. It will only get better from here. And you won't have to wait until next year for the next webcast. I plan on doing this for virtually every game I cover from now on, football or basketball.

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  4. nice, I will offer my camera duties when you come to Milford. I do not mind helping lol. I also do great highlight reel work!

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  5. Nice work Jeremey, this is nice extra for kids,teams, viewers. Great work!!!!

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  6. I guess you can call it stall ball, others would call it basketball strategy designed to win a game. Certainly, some might question whether it was necessary to do in context of a summer league game, but it got the desired result.

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  7. Trinity parents were going insane saying it was poor sportsmanship, I say learn how to play man to man. You had 2 bg guards that were toast from 2 aday football,if trinity wanted to rest,guertin was only to happy to oblige.No kelly,no cuipa,no holler,no paul, for bg,no stevens from trinity.Trinity has a good future,but bg has a good present.When is the milford scrimmage? THAT MY FRIENDS WILL BE A SHOW

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  8. if Trinity parents were complaining about poor sportsmanship, then where were they when Aluko was blatantly hip checking BG players in the lane at the end of the game, sending them to the ground? The worst part is he did it right in front of the ref, TWO TIMES, and the ref just let it go. Don't think Green and company will forget that the next time they play.

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  9. Jeremy I still disagree with zone during Summer league. Many of the better AAU programs in the area avoid using zone because college coaches want to see a player defend and zone does put a bandaid on a player that has issues with doing so. I also think that BG did the right thing in stalling if I had been coaching Milford I would have done the same thing in the first half when they were up 12. Do it then and force Trinity out of their style. But if you do that Trinity parents would have cried foul then too. One thing to keep in mind though. If BG with their star laden seniors cannot solve a zone with Trinity now how will they do so next year when Green,Kelly,McClung,Pyzocka,Remiliard and other seniors are gone?

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  10. The Trinity zone is pretty effective because they have a couple aggressive guards who can cover some ground on the perimeter, and the two long kids with wingspans that seem 7 feet, who are very hard to shoot over if the ball gets to the free throw area. However, Green did a nice job of timing his jumper tonight over the outstretched arms of the 6'9 and 6'6 guy, although not alot of Class L teams will have a kid like Green taking those shots in the box against the bigs.

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  11. Why try to beat a zone in the last quarter of a game when you're up multiple possessions? BG had no reason to push the ball.

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  12. 46 minute mark look who is covering aluko,5'11 rem dog.

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  13. AWESOME JOB JEREMY.LIKE I SAID TO YOU AT THE GAME,SHOT CLOCK.

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  14. In Summer league a shot clock should not be needed. These are glorified scrimmages where you really want to teach teams to play the game and if you win great. Having a team that has kids that want to play college ball play zone for 2 games is not helping them at all.
    I also think stalling is wrong, you are not teaching the kids to execute or do anything that will help them in their development.
    I just think both games tonight were why NH basketball is not respected as it could be. Coaches worrying about winning more than teaching and preparing kids for the next stage of life in a summer league game is just silly. This is summer league lets expose the kids to things,forget about the score and challenge them. I mean tonight college coaches watched a summer league game be stalled... is that how we want to showcase the kids and build respect of the players in the area? I do not think so..

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  15. You are the man Jeremy.This webcam is unbelievable,great job.I feel this will only help you get better as a broadcaster,can't wait to see more during the season.IT's ironic how early in your webcast you start talking about the need for a shotclock, then you say that is a topic for another day.Boy that day came quickly.

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  16. bg's zone busters cuipa and holler didn't play last night, those 2 love to fire up the 3 ball.I thought green looked really strong.BG finished the summer at 32-3, with losses to milford,spaulding{my sleeper to make some noise],and chevrus.The queen city will have some good hoops with trinity and central.On to football now.

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  17. You play to win the game (Herman Edwards). A winning mentality is something that is instilled in players, summer league, fall league or regular season...it doesn't matter. If you don't play to win whenever you step onto the floor, you will find that mindset coming into play when the real season starts. It wasn't a smart strategy (can you call it that???) on Trinity's part to let the time run down when they were on the short end of the score. What was the thinking there? Strategy is a strong part of a basketball game and the BG team executed flawlessly based on what Trinity was doing. It was very smart for BG to assess the situation and execute accordingly. Sitting back in your defensive "nest" waiting for BG to make a move wasn't the best strategy when your team is down and then the Trinity players trying to goad BG's veterans was laughable. There were a lot of cheap shots by one of Trinity's bigs in the paint that either the refs didn't see or chose to ignore. BG's maturity showed throughout the game but especially in the 2nd half. Trinity's guard's turnovers in the second half at very crucial points in the second half really hurt them and showed their lack of maturity and discipline. As a previous poster said, Trinity has a good future...but only if they learn and mature.

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  18. I did not see the game yesterday but I am having a hard time believing some of the comments here about what should or should not be allowed concerning offensive/defensive strategy during summer league games. This idea of zone defense or running a delay offense "hurting a players development" is short sighted and lacking perspective. High school summer league games help players/teams prepare for future success. The summer season is a time when individual players can greatly improve their skills and it is also during this time that roles can be defined and teams begin to come together as a unit. Teams can learn how to execute and perform during different situations that they face during the summer and they will hopefully use the lessons learned to help guide them through the challenges of the regular season. If a team learns to be successful during the summer by playing smart basketball it is a huge advantage to that team during the regular season. The summer can also be a time when a college coach may see that an individual player is not simply just a well skilled athlete but a coachable, versatile, unselfish, and smart teammate. It could be these attributes that convince a college coach that a good high school player is a legitimate and desired college prospect. High school summer basketball serves a multitude of purposes to teams, players, and coaches. Its sole purpose is not to simply be a showcase for those seeking to play "at the next level."

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  19. Then are you in agreement with me that we do not need a shot clock? Because to me watching last nights championship game you must take a side. Do we need a shot clock or is last night the way the game should be played year round?

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  20. There is no blame for what happened in the game last night. Stratergy is a huge part of the game. There's should be no complaining by the Trinity faithful. Why should BG play into their hands? They gained the right to go into the stall and force Trinity out of the zone by having the lead with 10 minutes to go. The question I have is why the Trinity coach did not come out of the zone. The way I look at it is if he doesn't come out of the zone he looses the game ( which is what happened). So why not come out of the zone and see what happens?


    Untol the NHIAA adopts the shot clock this strategy will continue to happen and rightfully so it is a sound stratergy. So to the Trinity fans or parents, either learn to play man or make sure you have the lead in the 4th quarter.

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  21. Jeremy- for future reference, McClung's name is pronounced Mc-Clung, not Mc-Lung.

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  22. @12:24 - My post has nothing to do with a shot clock. My post is about playing smart, team oriented basketball. If that means a team runs a stall offense to protect a lead, because it is in the best interest of the team, then I am in favor of it. At this point there is not shot clock in NH, and good teams play accordingly. When and if a shot clock comes into being, then it will change the strategy and approach to playing the game, and again I will enjoy and applaud those who play smart team basketball.

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  23. Bring on the shot clock, I was there last night and the second half of the championship game was tough to stomach.The players might as well gone to the sidelines and grabbed their nice cushy chairs and parked their butts in them right on the court. That was an embarassesment by both squads.

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  24. Why didn't Trinity come out of the zone? They had no choice.

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  25. "So Trinity should be able to stay in the zone, since it's their best chance to win. They shouldn't have to change their gameplan just because NH is too stupid to not have a shot clock. "

    No, that's not how it works. When you play a game, you follow the rules, whether it suits your desires or not. While yes, I agree a shot clock is in the interest of NH basketball, this does not have any bearing on the fact that Trinity chose to sit in the paint, down multiple possessions. If they wanted to win the game, they would've accepted the challenge and played at least a man-zone and put some pressure on the ball.

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  26. Trinity didn't come out of the zone because they couldn't match up. If they went 'man', it wouldn't have been as close as it was. It was the only thing that they could have done.

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  27. Jeremy that is the coolest webcast,you are the MAN.You ever need a color man for any bg games let me know.

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  28. Something to think about next year for BST. Add the shot clock in the BST playoffs I will offer to run the clock provided my son goes to college and not prep school. It would be cool to see how much it effects the games in general. My guess is it would be of little affect at all til playoff games at least.

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  29. So would people have had an issue with Milford getting up ten in the first few minutes and then stalling the rest of the game? I bet the world would have been in even larger outrage then wouldn't they?
    part two of this argument is to the BG people that say it was playing smart and executing a smart game plan I would say this. If I knew I was going to face that zone in the real season I would have did everything and tried everything to beat it now. You do not learn by waving a white flag and that to me is what you did. You said we cannot beat you in the zone so we will pull you out of it. I would want to beat them at their own game or at least practice against it as much as possible now so I am more prepared for it this winter.

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  30. 3:27...they were winning at that point and had beaten their zone. If that's a white flag, I guess I have a different opinion of what that means. Trinity clearly doesn't match up with BG and if Trinity wanted to teach THEIR kids something, then why didn't THEY play 'man'? Afterall, it's just a summer league game.

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  31. Agreed 3:42 both teams could have handled last night better. Let's call it the perfect storm! That's what happens when a Tornado meets a volcano.. A little Eminem for you if you will.

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  32. BG just gave a blueprint to teams in class l on how to beat trinity.Get a lead,hold the ball, go home with a w.I know the pioneers are young,but if they are to compete with the upper echelon teams they will have to learn to play man to man.

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  33. No what BG taught class L is that if you do not have a lead in the game you have no chance of getting one against a great zone like that. lol
    It is a two way street. Sure the key to beating a zone with no shot clock is to get a lead and spread the defense out.
    However like Milford if you do not have a lead late and their playing a nice packed in zone and you aren't hitting your outside shots you are in trouble.

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  34. Remember any of Fitzy disciples (Doc. & Keefe) will always run their stall offense called Syracuse.
    Any of those 3 coaches would have done the exact same thing.
    If Trinity was winning they would have run “Syracuse” & their parents wouldn’t be wining.
    That being said:
    I DO THINK NH NEEDS A SHOT CLOCK

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  35. If memory serves me right didn't holler {who now plays for bg} knock trinity out of the playoffs last year with several 3 pointers against the zone.Cuipa was sitting on the bench{charlie horse} drooling at the propect of open 3's.McClung,Kesty, and Green never met a 3 they didn't like.Playing zone against bg during the regular sesaon might be playing right into their hands.The other night though bg had 2 guards that were exhausted from tony johnson two a days,{kelly didn't play, he said his legs felt like rubber}.Getting out of there healthy was key for bg,people who think trinity was tired had no idea how tired bg was.

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  36. BG HAS TO BE ONE OF MY LEAST FAVORITE TEAMS AFTER WATCHING THAT GAME. HOLDING THE BALL 4 LITTERALLY 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT THAT IS PATHEDIC BG SET AN EXAMPLE AS OF WHY NH IS ONE OF THE WORST BASKETBALL STATES I MEAN WHO HOLDS THE BALL FOR THAT LONG BG SHOULD HAVE JUST PLAYED BALL. I DO NOT BLAME TRINITY FOR PLAYING ZONE THE WHOLE LAST 9 MINUTES CAUSE I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING JUST TO MAKE BG RELIZE HOW STUPIT THEY LOOKED OUT THERE HOLDING THE BALL IN A SUMMER LEAGUE GAME.

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  37. Yeah they looked stupid..........but they Won!!!!

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  38. I know who cares if they look dumb who won oh ya Bg. and it doesn't matter if they stalled the ball its not the best part of basketball but it is part of the game! if trinity didn't like how they wasted the clock forse them to do something else! not sit around in a zone defense when your down het some pressure

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  39. What would trinity players do if their boat sank in the middle of the ocean? choice A- put their life jackets on and swim to shore or choice B- no life jackets and gulp down the water? That is exactly what they did when they chose not to come out and play. What do teams do at the end of a game if your down a few points and need to get the ball back? They foul don't they? Can you imagine being down three and you needed to foul but you decide to stay in zone until the buzzer sounds? Bottom line it was trinity's choice to not come out and defend period! Welcome to class L.

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  40. This entire discussion is a joke!

    If you can't play Man-To-Man defense, then your NOT a good basketball player. Stop crying and MAN-UP!

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  41. What are you people talking about? Trinity made a choice and BG made a choice. Any coach worthy of his job would not release the ball with a lead against a zone. Everyone attacking BG for holding the ball should be asking what the heck Trinity was thinking. This is basic basketball. Congrats to Coach Migs and his guys.

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