The Sweater Center officially re-opened for business this evening as Dayton SOLD OUT an exhibition game for the first time ever. A very LOWD crowd settled back into their familiar seats to watch Dayton take on the Division II Findlay Oilers. I didn’t expect this game to be a blowout after recalling they played well against the Flyers in our last meeting in 2013. I also didn’t expect Dayton to not have a lead until there were seven minutes left in the second half (and from a Sam Miller three ball, no less).
Red and Blue game notwithstanding, tonight was the first time we played a game without Big Steve. My stomach did a back-flip when Findlay blew a layup early on and my instant reaction was “Grab that Big Steve.” This season’s for you big guy. Big fan of the new jerseys and that “5” patch:
(all photos credit David Jablonski)
Kyle Davis, Schoochie, Cooke, Mikesell, and Josh Cunningham got the start tonight. Pollard was on the bench in street clothes. His knee is supposedly at 100% after the surgery and has been practicing full-go, but was suffering from a bruised thigh tonight.
Boys came out SLOPPY. Way worse than the starts we played during that slump in the second half of last season, where we started every game down 10 points in the first two minutes. Obviously there’s no need to look too deep into it, as tonight was a damn exhibition game and has zero effect on the season. That said, join me in ignoring the Scoochie travel + Charles Cooke airball in the first few minutes of the game. And Findlay nailing 7 of 13 3-pointers in the first half. And our 1 of 6 success from behind the arch to start. And our 34 total points against their 41 in the first half.
I was looking forward to seeing Cunningham make his debut tonight, and while we have a very small sample size, I’m confident this kid was worth the wait. He looked calm as hell for his first game in the Decibel Dungeon and finished with 18 points, second behind Cooke’s 19.
Kyle Davis tweaked his knee a the end of the game and couldn’t put weight on it, so the trainers carried him off to the locker room. Let’s hope for this:
Miller believes it was just a cramp to Kyle Davis, would be very welcoming news as he could barely walk & was not present in handshake line.— Matthew Schwade (@FlyerHoops) November 5, 2016
The last seven minutes of the game looked a little more like Dayton basketball and we ended it 76-69. We officially ended the preseason undefeated. Next up is Austin Peay a week from tonight at home to officially kick off the real season. Until then, stay LOWD, vote LOWD.
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