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Title: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 22, 2018, 11:40:18 am
UMASS LOWELL
Record:
7-12 (1-5 America East)
Last Game: W, 79-71, at Binghamton 1/21
Last 10: 2-8
Last Meeting: Stony Brook 83-72 on 2/6/17; Nyama team-high 19
CM Unofficial Line: Stony Brook -2.5
KenPom RPI: Stony Brook 210, UMass Lowell 320
KenPom Prediction: Stony Brook 77, UMass Lowell 73
Listen/Watch:
TV: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3245221/stony-brook-vs-umass-lowell-m-basketball
UMass Lowell radio: https://goriverhawks.com/showcase
Stony Brook radio: http://www.943theshark.com/listenlive.aspx
Notables:
6-2/210 rsr Jahad Thomas 18.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 spg, .496 FG%
6-1/195 sr Matt Harris 12.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .841 FT%, .379 3-pt FG%
6-3/185 jr Ryan Jones 10.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg
6-4/190 so Rinardo Perry 9.7 ppg, 1.1 spg
6-7/225 jr Josh Gantz 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg, .485 FG%

Lowell roared out of the gates, starting the year 5-1, before dropping 11 of its next 12. But ... there's hope. They just went into Binghamton and pulled out a nice eight-point win – despite 13 and 19 from the kid Bruce (!) and 26 from Show, who did nothing here.

Thomas is my favorite non-Seawolf player in the conference. Just a blue-collar worker who uses his body and the rim so well to score inside despite being just 6-2. Think about that – a 6-2 post guy. I don't care what league you're in; that's tough to do.

We've won each of the last nine contests between the teams by double digits; of course that's skewed by the Warney years. Even last year though, we handled our business, in part because we rained threes on them in both contests – 11 makes in an 11-point win here, 11 more in another 11-point win there. I think we could do work inside against what's an undersized lineup, but we haven't shown much of an inside presence either. Could we see more of Petras, with seemingly no answer in the paint for him? Not all the time, but I hope they aren't afraid to feed him in the post, and he even has a nice little jump shot. Jake! Who'd have thunk it, right?

We could be anywhere from 4-2 to 1-5 at this point. I think we're 3-3 on the way to 8-8 or 9-7.

Should we worry about this freshman class? And recruiting in general? The noobs aren't doing anything at this point, with Long and Mac on the bench, and minimal production from Olaniyi and Ochefu. I know they're just freshmen, but they aren't exactly trending upward (and neither are the sophomores – Almonacy and Garcia).

Seawolves by six here.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 23, 2018, 01:15:23 pm
Intellectually I know in a one-bid conference there is still plenty of time left, but as everyone has pointed out here lately a variety of things just don't seem or feel right this year. If you don't come in first or maybe second, you just have no shot of hosting a championship game so final standings likely don't matter that much for all the upset-minded teams. For everyone else, if you luck into or improve into a hot streak in March you have a shot, which is probably the best you can hope for SBU at this point.

Freshman? Yeah, I'll admit pre-season and very early on I thought we would have two, maybe even three, frosh who were contributing and in the conversation for all-frosh team (which, frankly, you've got a shot at in this conference if you play 10+ minutes and score a few points each game). But lately we got nothing among that group. Still over a month left...and I guess three more years.

Just not much rhyme/reason from the sidelines in terms of rotations and playing time. Seems a lot of the experienced players are putting up "oh-fers" (or close to "oh-fers") frequently. Here's hoping SBU shows some glimmers of improvement in what should be a game they can handle.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: avmsbu on January 24, 2018, 07:24:02 pm
Any word on Sekunda?
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 07:54:45 pm
looks like he's in warmups. 

we are turning the ball over left and right.  i think we have bad hands.  4 TOs from sturdy.  we got scored on in a coast to coast buzzer beater layup, to tie the game at half.  in other news that gym is silent. 
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 24, 2018, 07:56:24 pm
Sturdivant has hands like feet.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 24, 2018, 07:58:06 pm
Any word on Sekunda?

Probably not, but it’s possible that this is another random DNP-CD.


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Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Seawolf97 on January 24, 2018, 07:58:12 pm
So far it looks like they are in some type of fog  going through the motions.  Sturdivant cant hold onto the ball , bad on the free throws again no improvement there .  We lose this one we are in trouble .
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 24, 2018, 07:59:00 pm
Sturdivant needs to sit. 4 great passes down low that have been muffed. Glass hands.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 08:01:07 pm
This team is so hard to watch this year.. Sturdivant is doing the same thing last year. Starts the season off strong only to fall apart mid season.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 08:04:03 pm
oh hey did anyone hear who our second leading d-rebounder is?  5'11'' jaron cornish. 
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 24, 2018, 08:06:48 pm
oh hey did anyone hear who our second leading d-rebounder is?  5'11'' jaron cornish.

I think he had 13 boards last game or the game before.


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Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 24, 2018, 08:09:48 pm
70% FTs at half, which is extraordinary for this team. TOs and fouls are what is keeping this one deadlocked.

No other way to put it: SBU is simply a lot better than UML in terms of personnel. Tough to watch them just be so lazy/sloppy/average.
Title: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 24, 2018, 08:16:30 pm
Radio said that Sekunda will be out “the next couple weeks.” No details.

WHERE IS OCHEFU?

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Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: VA_Seawolf on January 24, 2018, 08:18:54 pm
Just tuned in. Good lord, this place looks smaller than my elementary school gym. Why did we add UML to the AE again?? I think we could have just stayed put at 8 teams after BU left and had been fine.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 08:19:16 pm
if this was a football team, id onside kick against the after every score
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 08:26:00 pm
airball three and a missed dunk.  do we have a discipline problem?
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 08:29:13 pm
also hit one of the last twelve longballs.

and were down 1.

to umass lowell.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 24, 2018, 08:49:25 pm
This FT shooting is pathetic. Junior high level. Coach, how about 100 FT’s each at the end of practice. Come on, this is embarrassing!
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 08:50:42 pm
were getting out-rebounded by the smallest conference opponent. 

stick a fork in these guys, and its only january. 

outcome doesnt matter. this is another should-lose AE game. 
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Seawolf97 on January 24, 2018, 09:01:36 pm
I cant watch these guys anymore tied going into OT .  They just don't get it .
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: VA_Seawolf on January 24, 2018, 09:02:08 pm
Sturdivant misses another one, and we totally botched the final possession of regulation massively.  >:(

were getting out-rebounded by the smallest conference opponent. 

stick a fork in these guys, and its only january. 

outcome doesnt matter. this is another should-lose AE game.

We played so many great teams close in the non-conference which gave me some hope, but then we lose to bad teams like Norfolk St. and now struggle with a team that's barely out of D2 and plays in an elementary school gym. 

Between football and basketball, I certainly didn't expect the basketball team to be the one that disappointed me lol.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 09:02:17 pm
WTF was that all about with 15 seconds left and 1 time out left... This team is brutal and in total  Disarray
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:03:59 pm
gave up a three with 25sec left to tie.  then, ironically, didnt get a shot off.  OT
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 24, 2018, 09:04:33 pm
SBU having just a wee bit of trouble simply getting off shots to potentially win games that they probably should be winning by, oh, about 12-15 pts if they could make a few FTs, not turn the ball over, maybe ease off the fall-away 3s.

And UML with 20 TOs? Oh my gosh, these two teams deserve each other.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 09:04:56 pm
Radio said that Sekunda will be out “the next couple weeks.” No details.

WHERE IS OCHEFU?

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Exactly.  I have my doubts with coach Boals.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 24, 2018, 09:07:26 pm
Harris is putting the Seawolves to bed. And, earlier he hit a pull-up short jumper off the glass. First short jumper off the glass all year in the AE, by my estimation. Player of the Year right there.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 24, 2018, 09:08:22 pm
Let the Boals watch begin.....
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 09:09:33 pm
Let the Boals watch begin.....
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Yup. So far this year his style of coaching  stinks to high heaven
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:10:41 pm
we went down 4 only two minutes into OT.  so we panicked and took an awful 3.  which missed. 

then on D, we lost a 3v1 board, with two of those players being iroegbu and cornish in the paint.

now down 6 with two min left.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: VA_Seawolf on January 24, 2018, 09:18:09 pm
Let the Boals watch begin.....


Oh I'm watching alright. I want to point to last year was still mostly Pikiell's guys.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:18:26 pm
another panic three that got nothing but air.  maybe that's why theyre beating us in rebounds!
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:19:13 pm
and another that hit the backboard.  improvement?

edit- we landed one!
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: sbufan on January 24, 2018, 09:19:32 pm
Very ugly game. Sekunda was sorely missed
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: sbufan on January 24, 2018, 09:21:23 pm
I want to see more McKenzie. He's not very exciting, but I think that's what this team needs
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 09:24:08 pm
Let the Boals watch begin.....


Oh I'm watching alright. I want to point to last year was still mostly Pikiell's guys.

I think I am with you. I'll past judgement at the end of this season for certain
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:24:43 pm
nice win for UML.  they deserved it.  maybe weve hit bottom.  lots of games/time left to sneak into the tournament and maybe pull an upset. 

hard to see how it can get worse.  PS vermont beats albany.

GO SB
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 24, 2018, 09:31:54 pm
We could easily be 1-6 in league play, if we lost 1st 2 games against ME and Hart. I’ll say it just one more time; overall, this team has more talent than last year’s team, imo. There is little consistent flow on the offensive side of the ball, we make too many panic mistakes, the lineup seems consistently haphazard and capricious, and the FT shooting just plain sucks. Coach has taken 1 giant step backwards this year, and we desperately miss ‘ol Woodhouse, who was such a stabilizing force last year.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Wolfie_MD on January 24, 2018, 09:32:41 pm
Horrible loss. This team is deeply, deeply flawed. Boals succeeded last year due to Pikiell players especially Nyama/Yeboah and most importantly Woodhouse.

His recruits have not done much of note with the exception of Cornish. Iroegbu is an OK player but would not be starting on most AE teams. Saintel is a solid depth player. So far the freshman class has disappointed- with the exception of Olaniyi, not sure if you can say any of them have had an impact. Even worse is the fact that I feel several have regressed from the Pikiell era- Sturdivant and Sekunda have not improved. The free throw shooting has been downright embarrassing all year- that's gotta be on the coaches. Only reason this game went to OT was our horrible FT shooting.

Obviously, he's not going anywhere but this team needs a LOT of help. Next year is a big year for him as the team will be largely composed of his guys at that point. Stony Brook is a very good mid-major job so we should not accept mediocrity.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:33:46 pm
our starting big had a goose egg for o-boards, in 34min.  a commentary on where his priority is???

petras?  3 in only 11min.  why not experiment, keep him in the paint and maybe we get a few putbacks.

this saturday night- i expect a steamrolling from albany.  that'll be nice in front of the home crowd.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 24, 2018, 09:34:55 pm
Well...amid a long series of poor performances since the Norfolk debacle, this was probably the worst. I think a lot of you were there already, but this one shifted my brain to next year. This team, for whatever or numerous reasons, seems cooked.

So in that spirit of looking ahead, my Silver Linings:

Good to see Olaniyi get back to having a pretty solid game. I say start him and play him 20 plus minutes from here on.

And...Mackenzie had a very solid game. He's not a scorer and he'll need to become at least an honest threat, but he played some solid defense and distributed the ball smartly in ways that no other SBU player can. He's got work to do, but I think he played more within himself and showed what he can bring to the team.

To add, Ochefu needs to play. I know I don't know anything about all that goes on during the week, but I'm ready to say these three freshman need minutes and experience to build for next year. Yes, even throw them to the UA and UVM wolves this year and let them get stomped. Give Yeboah his 20-30 points a game so he's a first-teamer. UVM ain't losing again until the NCAAs anyway, so what's it matter...

Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 24, 2018, 09:37:55 pm
Horrible loss. This team is deeply, deeply flawed. Boals succeeded last year due to Pikiell players especially Nyama/Yeboah and most importantly Woodhouse.

His recruits have not done much of note with the exception of Cornish. Iroegbu is an OK player but would not be starting on most AE teams. Saintel is a solid depth player. So far the freshman class has disappointed- with the exception of Olaniyi, not sure if you can say any of them have had an impact. Even worse is the fact that I feel several have regressed from the Pikiell era- Sturdivant and Sekunda have not improved. The free throw shooting has been downright embarrassing all year- that's gotta be on the coaches. Only reason this game went to OT was our horrible FT shooting.

Obviously, he's not going anywhere but this team needs a LOT of help. Next year is a big year for him as the team will be largely composed of his guys at that point. Stony Brook is a very good mid-major job so we should not accept mediocrity.

Totally agree MD. From What we have seen Boals recruits are not even D1.
He showed his true colors at the end if the 2nd half without calling a timeout to set up the floor for the win.. I really have my doubts with Boals and his assistance
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2018, 09:39:22 pm
Well...amid a long series of poor performances since the Norfolk debacle, this was probably the worst. I think a lot of you were there already, but this one shifted my brain to next year. This team, for whatever or numerous reasons, seems cooked.

So in that spirit of looking ahead, my Silver Linings:

Good to see Olaniyi get back to having a pretty solid game. I say start him and play him 20 plus minutes from here on.

And...Mackenzie had a very solid game. He's not a scorer and he'll need to become at least an honest threat, but he played some solid defense and distributed the ball smartly in ways that no other SBU player can. He's got work to do, but I think he played more within himself and showed what he can bring to the team.

To add, Ochefu needs to play. I know I don't know anything about all that goes on during the week, but I'm ready to say these three freshman need minutes and experience to build for next year. Yes, even throw them to the UA and UVM wolves this year and let them get stomped. Give Yeboah his 20-30 points a game so he's a first-teamer. UVM ain't losing again until the NCAAs anyway, so what's it matter...

im ok with mack starting if it means we dont chuck panic threes.

we just dont move the ball.  if we did, we might create some offense. 

heck at this point, convert saintel or yeboah into a post player, back to the rim.  at least theyre getting the boards and will play physical.

on defense, should anyone from UML drop 30 on us???

a reminder that one can practice FTs outside of organized practice.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Wolfie_MD on January 24, 2018, 09:39:50 pm
I gotta say we were all spoiled by the last few years. Sturdivant is a solid bench player but it was a lot expecting him to step in for Warney- his defense has been subpar and he was a turnover machine today. We just don't have anything resembling decent interior defense and arguably our best rebounder is our PG. That's a problem- next year's recruiting class better be a home run. I think last year's team was more talented- Nyama and Woodhouse would easily be the 2 best players on this team.

Albany will dominate on Saturday. Again, its a shame because we have a very good fan base that is used to a much better product.

Hey at least the women's team looks like its turned the corner!
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: avmsbu on January 24, 2018, 09:43:38 pm
Well...amid a long series of poor performances since the Norfolk debacle, this was probably the worst. I think a lot of you were there already, but this one shifted my brain to next year. This team, for whatever or numerous reasons, seems cooked.

So in that spirit of looking ahead, my Silver Linings:

Good to see Olaniyi get back to having a pretty solid game. I say start him and play him 20 plus minutes from here on.

And...Mackenzie had a very solid game. He's not a scorer and he'll need to become at least an honest threat, but he played some solid defense and distributed the ball smartly in ways that no other SBU player can. He's got work to do, but I think he played more within himself and showed what he can bring to the team.

To add, Ochefu needs to play. I know I don't know anything about all that goes on during the week, but I'm ready to say these three freshman need minutes and experience to build for next year. Yes, even throw them to the UA and UVM wolves this year and let them get stomped. Give Yeboah his 20-30 points a game so he's a first-teamer. UVM ain't losing again until the NCAAs anyway, so what's it matter...

Go primarily with the underclassmen the rest of the way. MacKenzie looked pretty good tonight, and we've seen flashes from Olaniyi and Garcia. Let them take their lumps and build off of that for next year
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Wolfie_MD on January 24, 2018, 10:31:30 pm
Agree with those sentiments. We are losing games to UM-Lowell with our senior classmen. It's time to see what talent we have in the wings. It's January and these freshmen have had plenty of time to soak in the game. I want to see Ochefu, Olaniyi, and Garcia get big minutes going forward. I want Corry Long to get some playing time too hopefully this year.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 24, 2018, 11:24:54 pm
Well...amid a long series of poor performances since the Norfolk debacle, this was probably the worst. I think a lot of you were there already, but this one shifted my brain to next year. This team, for whatever or numerous reasons, seems cooked.

So in that spirit of looking ahead, my Silver Linings:

Good to see Olaniyi get back to having a pretty solid game. I say start him and play him 20 plus minutes from here on.

And...Mackenzie had a very solid game. He's not a scorer and he'll need to become at least an honest threat, but he played some solid defense and distributed the ball smartly in ways that no other SBU player can. He's got work to do, but I think he played more within himself and showed what he can bring to the team.

To add, Ochefu needs to play. I know I don't know anything about all that goes on during the week, but I'm ready to say these three freshman need minutes and experience to build for next year. Yes, even throw them to the UA and UVM wolves this year and let them get stomped. Give Yeboah his 20-30 points a game so he's a first-teamer. UVM ain't losing again until the NCAAs anyway, so what's it matter...

Go primarily with the underclassmen the rest of the way. MacKenzie looked pretty good tonight, and we've seen flashes from Olaniyi and Garcia. Let them take their lumps and build off of that for next year

There's little chance that this happens. No coach does this. Bottom line, there's a lot of season left and the upperclassmen still give us the best chance to win. I keep waiting for the guys to wake the hell up, but it seems like this is who we are.

That said, Sekunda broke his finger in practice evidently, so the kids have to fill that void.

The turnovers and the free throws are maddening. We either don't get to the line, or don't shoot it well when get there. 20 for 44 in the last two – a two-point game that we gave away, and a three-point overtime loss. Makes your head bleed.

Also, we can get on our offense all we want, but four of seven conference opponents have shot 50 percent or better from the floor. That matches last year's total, and we aren't even halfway through the schedule. We cannot defend.

How did we stick with UConn, Ball State and Providence? Heck, we should have won those games. Now, geez, nobody's a certainty on our schedule.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 08:50:03 am
just my opinion- but you get to the line by penetrating and drawing a foul.  not by taking NBA threes.

i do admit though- in november we showed signs of brilliance, despite some of the scores.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Moveitfred on January 25, 2018, 08:55:11 am


Go primarily with the underclassmen the rest of the way. MacKenzie looked pretty good tonight, and we've seen flashes from Olaniyi and Garcia. Let them take their lumps and build off of that for next year

There's little chance that this happens. No coach does this.


Waddaya talking about, Checkmate? Calipari does it, and works pretty well for him most years.  ;D
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 09:38:49 am
one option for us could be- play 5 guards.  we dont have anyone in the paint anyway.  this may increase our shooting % too.

or we even could play two guards, as normal, and then put cornish, saintel, and yeboah in the paint.  why not, they're our leading rebounders.  and will again increase our shooting %.

maybe this is the best scenario.  put petras inside just so we have some muscle.  keep yeboah at his usual 30min.  let almonacy penetrate, as he's the only guard with a decent FT %.  sekunda's out for a bit so run a mix of G/F with the usual suspects, olaniyi and saintel show that they can shoot.  put cornish in as he's shown he's willing to distribute and/or drive.  we cant have a big with 1) so few rebounds for the minutes, 2) 78 attempts from three in 21 games, 3) more TOs than everyone except our point, and 4) misses half his FTs.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Seawolf97 on January 25, 2018, 11:28:26 am
COB seems to have  nailed it .  Play 4 or 5 guards  and drive to the basket .  Use  Yeboah for a mid range threat from around the key .  Albany will drive to the basket and take that 10 to 12 ft shot . They control the glass and make their free throws . Nothing flashy just basics.  That should be a blue print for us, Ochefu and Cory Long need playing time . Last year many of what we see today was hidden because of Woodhouse doing everything .  When he wasn't on the court the wheels came off rather quickly which is where we are today.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 12:49:42 pm
thanks! 

actually one more thought.  we dont score much in transition.  we dont push the ball either.  im not saying we should. 

however, i do think that you play transition when you have the depth and the bodies.  which we do have the bodies.  so just an idea, maybe we should try to run teams that play a core 7-8 athletes.  we can easily play 11-12 guys and sub in/out.  you dont push the ball when you dont go to the bench, so seize the opportunity that we can play up-tempo.  it might work.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 25, 2018, 01:09:13 pm
thanks! 

actually one more thought.  we dont score much in transition.  we dont push the ball either.  im not saying we should. 

however, i do think that you play transition when you have the depth and the bodies.  which we do have the bodies.  so just an idea, maybe we should try to run teams that play a core 7-8 athletes.  we can easily play 11-12 guys and sub in/out.  you dont push the ball when you dont go to the bench, so seize the opportunity that we can play up-tempo.  it might work.

COB. please go on Twitter and tag coach Boals with these suggestions. He obviously needs some help on the side lines.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 01:14:42 pm
i dont do social media... maybe one of you millennials do???  ;)

also i aint no coach, so i am not qualified.  i trust the professionals will get it right!  ;D
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 25, 2018, 01:50:51 pm
i dont do social media... maybe one of you millennials do???  ;)

also i aint no coach, so i am not qualified.  i trust the professionals will get it right!  ;D
I am far from a millennial and I do some social media, Twitter,  strictly for sports,  but coaches rarely, if ever respond back to a fan question or even compliment...
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: ry1nik on January 25, 2018, 01:59:43 pm
After the game Boals stated "UMass Lowell is a good team..." After they won, Sagarin rates them at #309. They are not a good team. It's problematic when a coach says something like that to shirk responsibility.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: avmsbu on January 25, 2018, 02:09:44 pm
A few possessions from last night.

1. Sturdevant in the low post drew a second defender and was able to hit Yeboah cutting to the basket for a layup (maybe dunk).
2. MacKenzie drove to the paint, drew a defender and found an open Olaniyi for a layup.

More of that please.

Also (this was probably already mentioned) but Boals needed to take a time out on the last possession of the second half. Cornish looked up at him twice and the entire offense looked confused.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 02:26:19 pm
if those were both very late- yes i saw both, and yes agree that we need to create offense.  otherwise a collection of below-average shooters taking low % shots will result in every opponent going into a 23 and letting us kill ourselves.  and when we play a team as small as UML and lose the boards, it's unmitigated.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 25, 2018, 03:56:59 pm
I don't know about this, guys. We can't just blow it up and run a gimmicky lineup out there because of a couple close road losses. There's no need to reinvent the game at this point. Take care of the ball and make free throws and we're looking at this thing through an entirely different lens.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: avmsbu on January 25, 2018, 04:33:26 pm
I'm not sure about re-booting the team, but I like Cornish better at the 2, and would like to see MacKenzie get the start at PG. With an eye for next year, I'd like to see Olaniyi and Garcia get 15 min a game the rest of the year. Ochefu too, but he's third in line at the center position, and Petras deserves to be the first of the two off the bench.

Despite (I think) losing 4 of the last 5, I still think SB can compete with any team in the AE and has a "so you're saying there's a chance" chance against Vermont.

Unrelated, according to verbal commits, SB will have 5 PG's next year.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 25, 2018, 04:33:39 pm
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)

3) We go to a Zone defense primarily, and encourage teams to beat us from outside behind the arc, since we're struggling with our man-to-man, and defensive rebounding;

4) We get more creative on offense, driving to the hole more, pulling up and dishing inside the paint, and running some pick and rolls;

5) We restrict 3-point attempts to the following players only: Yeboah, Cornish, Iroegbu, and Sekunda, unless it's an end-of-half desperation attempt.  No one else allowed to shoot 3's, or you find yourself on the bench;

6) We make every effort to use our Time-Outs in critical situations, with designed plays coming out of these TO's;

7) We get Jameel Warney to sign legal documentation that  binds any future male offspring of his to a Seawolves uniform in the future;

OK, so there's my blueprint.  Let's get back on track Seawolves!

Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 25, 2018, 04:38:33 pm
i love it.  because they're all so obvious.  and right.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 25, 2018, 04:54:25 pm
I'm not sure about re-booting the team, but I like Cornish better at the 2, and would like to see MacKenzie get the start at PG. With an eye for next year, I'd like to see Olaniyi and Garcia get 15 min a game the rest of the year. Ochefu too, but he's third in line at the center position, and Petras deserves to be the first of the two off the bench.

Despite (I think) losing 4 of the last 5, I still think SB can compete with any team in the AE and has a "so you're saying there's a chance" chance against Vermont.

Unrelated, according to verbal commits, SB will have 5 PG's next year.

You are correct. I too think SB can compete with any team in the AE because they do have some talented players. The problem I am seeing is, discipline.. I feel like these kids are completely lost out on the floor looking for direction. Coach Boals still has not made any one player a leader on the floor to take control. It is every man for your self attitude..

I said it earlier this week. I will give coach Boals to the end of this season to try and save face with the roster he has. Not looking to make the NCAA or even the second round. But if we continue to lose against the bottom dwellers of the AE teams, this coach will be on my **** list. Just like coach Priore is!!!!!!
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Seawolf97 on January 25, 2018, 09:58:53 pm
Old  Seawolf  gave us the blueprint for the future .  Agree with everything he mapped out . We need to settle down and establish a rotation at this point in the season .
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 26, 2018, 09:42:33 am
is this the year we dont make the AE tourney?

Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Checkmate on January 26, 2018, 09:55:04 am
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)


Do we forfeit games if the free throw competition doesn’t give us a starting five?

And I count five seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman among the starting eight. Are we playing the kids or aren’t we? For the record, I’m for staying the course with the upperclassmen, but some sentiment is that we should turn the page already.



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Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: Hammertime on January 26, 2018, 10:26:53 am
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)

3) We go to a Zone defense primarily, and encourage teams to beat us from outside behind the arc, since we're struggling with our man-to-man, and defensive rebounding;

4) We get more creative on offense, driving to the hole more, pulling up and dishing inside the paint, and running some pick and rolls;

5) We restrict 3-point attempts to the following players only: Yeboah, Cornish, Iroegbu, and Sekunda, unless it's an end-of-half desperation attempt.  No one else allowed to shoot 3's, or you find yourself on the bench;

6) We make every effort to use our Time-Outs in critical situations, with designed plays coming out of these TO's;

7) We get Jameel Warney to sign legal documentation that  binds any future male offspring of his to a Seawolves uniform in the future;

OK, so there's my blueprint.  Let's get back on track Seawolves!

I like your style of practice, OldSeawolf. THe concern I have is most of the team will have to camp out and they would never leave the floor..
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 26, 2018, 10:33:06 am
is this the year we dont make the AE tourney?

Not sure if UML is eligible yet this year, but if so, I would expect an 8-9 play-in game, no?  I know it's not on anyone's schedule, but if memory serves correct, UML isn't eligible to next year.  I may be wrong.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 26, 2018, 10:40:03 am
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)


Do we forfeit games if the free throw competition doesn’t give us a starting five?

And I count five seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman among the starting eight. Are we playing the kids or aren’t we? For the record, I’m for staying the course with the upperclassmen, but some sentiment is that we should turn the page already.



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All good questions.  If the FT competition doesn't yield a starting five, perhaps we create exceptions for playing by using FT % in descending order, as the criteria for getting people on the floor.  However, in this case, Curt and Carl must make explicit reference to this anamoly during the broadcasts.  I think this would be a fair trade-off.

I'm of the elk that we stay with our best players, most of whom are upper-classmen, until we have no chance of advancing past a 7th seed in the conference.  At that point, I may lift the rule, and start playing the bench guys, which happen to be the young ones.  Again, my criteria for selecting the 8 was not based on experience per se; just playing our best players, and those were my best 8, IMO.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: OldSeawolf on January 26, 2018, 10:43:57 am
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)

3) We go to a Zone defense primarily, and encourage teams to beat us from outside behind the arc, since we're struggling with our man-to-man, and defensive rebounding;

4) We get more creative on offense, driving to the hole more, pulling up and dishing inside the paint, and running some pick and rolls;

5) We restrict 3-point attempts to the following players only: Yeboah, Cornish, Iroegbu, and Sekunda, unless it's an end-of-half desperation attempt.  No one else allowed to shoot 3's, or you find yourself on the bench;

6) We make every effort to use our Time-Outs in critical situations, with designed plays coming out of these TO's;

7) We get Jameel Warney to sign legal documentation that  binds any future male offspring of his to a Seawolves uniform in the future;

OK, so there's my blueprint.  Let's get back on track Seawolves!

I like your style of practice, OldSeawolf. THe concern I have is most of the team will have to camp out and they would never leave the floor..

Free throws is all about form and concentration.  The coaching staff can work with the kids and improve the form, but at some point the concentration needs to be addressed.  The coaches can't shoot the FT's for the kids, but they can reinforce the major importance of making them.  I believe in rewarding good performance and not rewarding poor performance.  Shooting in the low 60's as a team is absolutely inexcusable at this level, and it is high time to address this issue, IMO.
Title: Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
Post by: VA_Seawolf on January 26, 2018, 08:40:36 pm
is this the year we dont make the AE tourney?

Not sure if UML is eligible yet this year, but if so, I would expect an 8-9 play-in game, no?  I know it's not on anyone's schedule, but if memory serves correct, UML isn't eligible to next year.  I may be wrong.
The transition up from D2 is a five year process and this is year five for them so they're fully eligible now. I'd assume the AE does an 8-9 play-in game. We're pathetic if we can't even get a 7 seed and avoid that game though. I think we'll finish better than that. As bad as we are this year, there are some real gutter tier programs in this conference.