Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All-division NCAA record for Grinnell, Galesburg gets first conference W

For the 11th time, the Grinnell Pioneers have an NCAA single-game record. This one is for all divisions, too.

In their 137-103 victory over Faith Baptist College on Tuesday night, the Pioneers had 19 different players make a 3-pointer, shattering the mark of 14 set by the University of the Redlands on Jan. 29, 2005, against Cal Tech. The Bulldogs won that one 155-107, and the Grinnell game might not have been as competitive as that one.

The Pioneers tied a school record with 88 points at the half (the score was 88-38) and essentially called off the dogs in the final 20 minutes. Talk about a no-layup rule: Grinnell took 55 shots in the second half, and 54 of them were 3s. Meanwhile, Faith Baptist shot 79 percent after the break and "won" the second half 65-49.

No matter. The Pioneers (3-0) took care of business in that first half, making 35-of-62 shots from the field and 12-of-34 from behind the line. Pretty impressive.

Now, here are The Formula goals:

- Attempted 117 shots (goal is 94)
- Attempted 88 3s (goal is 47)
- Rebounded 42 percent of its own misses (goal is 33 percent)
- Forced 44 turnovers (goal is 32)
- Attempted 31 more shots than Faith Baptist (goal is 25)

All in all, a pretty dominant effort for Grinnell. And with 19 players making a 3-pointer, you know everybody had a chance to contribute. Griffin Lentsch led the way with 20 points in only 10 minutes of playing time, making six 3-pointers, Marques Valdez added 14 points and Jack Adams and Xander Strek had 12 apiece. Adams played 16 minutes, the most of any of the 20 players who got run, and everybody got at least 6.

The only one who failed to make a 3 was Tyler Brotz, who missed all six of his attempts. He did make one from inside the arc, so at least everyone scored. Kale Knisley led the D with five of the 29 steals and Brian McManamy had a team-high six rebounds.

Tyler Terlouw led Faith Baptist (5-4) with 26 points.

Grinnell travels to Wartburg on Saturday before opening Midwest Conference play the next weekend. Game time in Waverly, Iowa, is 5 p.m. EST. Good luck to coach David Arseneault and the Pioneers.

Also in System action, the Galesburg (Ill.) HS girls' team had a nice victory in the Western Big Six Conference opener, winning on the road at Quincy 81-36 Tuesday night. Jessica Lieber made five 3-pointers, Sadee Hamilton continued to excel at the back of the press with seven steals and the Streaks forced 22 first-half turnovers.

Formula goals:

- Attempted 69 shots (goal is 72)
- Attempted 44 (goal is 36)
- Rebounded 67 percent of its own misses (goal is 40 percent)
- Forced 40 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted 15 more shots than Quincy (goal is 20)

As coach Evan Massey pointed out on his blog, Galesburg (2-2, 1-0 WB6) went to the free throw line 29 times, which kept it from reaching the total shots and shot differential goal. He pointed out that the 67 percent total on offensive rebounds was the highest his team has had; Myra Diggins led the way with eight, Jamie Johnson added six and Hamilton got four.

After four games, the Streaks have four players averaging more than six total rebounds a game, which Coach Massey attributes to his team's hustle. Nice going. Galesburg returns to play in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, facing Metamora at 5:30 p.m. EST. Good luck to everyone.

The Eisenhower HS boys' team from Blue Island, Ill., lost its second game with The System, falling to Marist 87-79 Tuesday night. Coach Mike Curta was kind enough to send his stats and some reaction from the game.

Formula goals:

- Attempted 95 shots (goal is 80)
- Attempted 52 3-pointers (goal is 32)
- Rebounded 26 percent of its own misses (goal is 35 percent)
- Forced 29 turnovers (goal is 26)
- Attempted 34 more shots than Marist (goal is 24)

So all in all, not a bad performance, as the numbers show. Here are Coach Curta's thoughts:

Coach Curta: "Just did not play anywhere near as hard as last night (in the opener). Didn’t have guys sprinting for one another and right now we aren’t executing much in the half-court.

"They went some zone and we were able to get them out of it, but they just abused us against our press. Threw back to the inbounder off the initial trap and we weren’t rotating/gambling to take it away. Just kind of accepted the game being played at a reduced speed.

"The big stat for us was the offensive rebounds. They are a well-coached half-court team and got physical with us. Once we absorbed contact we didn’t give the requisite second, third efforts to go get the ball. Another huge issue was our fouling tonight. They were in the super bonus the whole second and third quarters. Never could wear them down because it became a game of stops and starts and resting for them.

"Play game #3 Wednesday night against our other district rival. Should learn from this and perform with a better effort level tomorrow."

Here's hoping the Cardinals (1-1) have better luck Wednesday.

In Bowie, Md., the NCAA Division II Glenville State women's team had a tough night, losing to Bowie State of the CIAA 64-57, a very low-scoring night for coach Bunky Harkleroad's team. Unfortunately, not much was working for the Pioneers (3-3), who attempted only 61 shots and committed 31 of their own turnovers.

This led to a negative shot differential of six, and despite leading for much of the middle portion of the game, Glenville State dropped its second straight. The seemingly never-ending road trip doesn't get any easier, with a trip to Division I Liberty next Tuesday.

That's followed by a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Bluefield State on Thursday, Dec. 2, and I plan to be in attendance to root for the Pioneers. It should be great fun, and I can't wait. Good luck to them until then, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there.

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