Saturday, January 16, 2010

Way to go, Galesburg!

Coach Evan Massey and his squad at Galesburg (Ill.) High School broke the state record for most 3-pointers attempted in a season during an 81-56 victory over Quincy (no, not him) on Thursday night. The Silver Streaks finished 13-for-6o from beyond the arc, which translates to free triple cheeseburgers from McDonald's in their "Threediculous" promotion.

Remember, each time they make at least 13, spelling out "cheesburgers," those who joined the club get the free grub. What a sweet deal.

Galesburg now has shot 994 3s this season in 21 games, for an average of slightly more than 47. The next 3 made by Coach Massey's bunch will tie the state record, and more importantly, the Streaks are 7-2 in their past nine games in the toughest part of their schedule as they become more and more comfortable with "The System." Earlier this season, Quincy beat Galesburg 73-67; this time, at the half, the Streaks led 45-26.

Their first chance to break the mark for 3-pointers made comes Saturday on the road at Normal (Ill.) West High School. Go get 'em, Galesburg!

Meanwhile, at Henry Ford Community College in Deaborn, Mich., coach Bob Belf has brought his team back from an 0-5 start with some wonderful play of late. Henry Ford beat Kirtland Community College 96-72 on Wednesday night for its seventh victory in 11 games and improved to 3-3 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Henry Ford finished 16-for-41 on 3s.

The task gets a little tougher Saturday when Henry Ford hosts Schoolcraft (17-0), ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll. I asked Coach Belf if he would give me a little preview of the game, and this is a portion of the e-mail he sent:

"Schoolcraft's strength is the fact that they are such a dominating rebounding group this year, with five players 6-foot or taller in the rotation. They have not proven to be a consistent shooting team, so most opponents are packing it in tight in a zone and trying to stay close. ... Our attitude will be completely different in how we play them.

"For us, we have been shooting the ball well in the last week, knocking down 16 triples in each of the last two games. But the two big areas of making 'The System' work (offensive rebounds and turnovers) will be the biggest challenge in this contest. To be effective, we must not become protective of our rim and go after them in our pressure. A basket given up gets more pace and we will need to match them in the scoring column.

"Honestly, it is another opportunity to trust in 'The System!'"

Amen. Good luck to Coach Belf and his team.

At Grinnell, a wonderful start Friday night at Carroll fell apart in the final 30 minutes or so, and the Carroll Pioneers (yep, same mascot as the G-Men) rallied for a 102-76 victory in Midwest Conference play. Grinnell fell to 2-9 overall, 1-4 in the conference.

More about that fast start: when Kale Knisley made a jumper with 9:27 remaining in the first half, Grinnell led 40-35. That's 40 points in barely more than one half of the first half. So, you don't have to be Kevin Parsons (my brother) to figure out that Grinnell scored only 36 points for the remainder of the game. Tough luck for coach David Arsenault and his team.

Freshman Griffin Lentsch led the way in this one with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. He and his teammates get another chance Saturday at conference-leader St. Norbert (11-1, 5-0), ranked 12th in this week's poll. Game time is 4 p.m. EST.

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