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?
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.