Lots to get to, but first, I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all the coaches and players out there who run The System. I am aware I have problems with my obsession (addiction?) for this perfectly perfect style of play, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I also would be a tool if I didn't let everyone know how thankful I am for my incredibly awesome and beautiful wife, Colleen, and my two stupendously special daughters, Emily and Libbie. Here's to us, gang!
Now, on to the games:
EISENHOWER HS BOYS' TEAM, BLUE ISLAND, ILL.
Amazingly, coach Mike Curta's team opened its schedule with four games in five nights in a Thanksgiving tournament. On Wednesday night, the Cardinals got their first victory, running past Shepard HS 103-85 to improve to 1-2. Complete statistics weren't available, since Eisenhower had teams playing all over the Chicagoland area, but congratulations to coach Curta and his team on getting over the hump.
The Cardinals are very close to being 3-0 at this point, losing leads late in each of their first two games. Leo HS rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 2 minutes to edge Eisenhower 98-94. The opener was a similar story, with Richards HS coming back from 12 points down in the final 2:10 to win 73-72.
We do have some Formula stats from this game, and it is easy to see that Coach Curta and his team are System ready:
- Attempted 92 shots
- Attempted 41 3-pointers
- Rebounded 33 percent of their own misses
- Forced 33 turnovers
- Attempted 27 more shots than Richards
Even better news is that coach Curta has posted video of some of his games, which you can watch here. Pretty neat, right?
The Cardinals have one more outing to complete this hectic week, and I wish them all the luck Friday.
GLENVILLE STATE NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S TEAM
The Pioneers were 12-0 last season at Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium and rarely struggled. This year's home opener wasn't quite the same.
Andrea Bertrand, Jolysa Brown and Camisha Alexander combined for 68 points and Concord handled Glenville State's pressure throughout to win 103-94 Tuesday night in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Mountain Lions (3-1, 2-1 WVIAC) finished the game with only 14 turnovers and really won the game at the foul line. They finished 25-for-38 there (the Pioneers were 9-for-15) and held on despite a huge effort from Tenisha Wilson, who went for 25 points and 10 rebounds.
She had plenty of help, with Mishae Miles adding 17 and 12, Danielle Woodmore scoring 14 points and Beth Deren and Jelena Elez getting 10 points apiece. Nice breakout game for Elez, a freshman from Novi Sad, Vojuodina, who handed out six assists (no turnovers) and got two steals.
Here's the Formula stats for Glenville State (3-2, 2-1):
- Attempted 98 shots
- Attempted 35 3-pointers
- Rebounded 44 percent of its owns misses
- Forced 14 turnovers
- Attempted six more shots than Concord
Coach Bunky Harkleroad and his team get back at it Saturday, with a non-conference matchup with Bowie State. I will be rooting for them.
GALESBURG (ILL.) HS GIRLS' TEAM
The Streaks went on the road to open play in the Western Big 6, traveling to four-time defending champ and rival Moline on Tuesday night. The Maroons held on for a 62-57 victory, converting 13-of-17 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Galesburg seemingly was kept off its game throughout and attempted only 14 3-pointers (54 shots total). The defense did force 29 turnovers, but Moline attempted only four fewer shots.
Still, the Streaks were in the game, thanks to the solid player of Sadee Hamilton (21 points, eight rebounds) and Jessica Lieber (20 points, 2-of-9 on 3s).
Galesburg (4-1) returns to play in its Thanksgiving tournament Saturday night, hosting Illini West. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. Go Streaks!