(Cover photo credit David Jablonski)
Thank the Good Lord Jesus Christ: Dayton basketball is back. The pink socking was just a bonus. I can’t remember looking forward to a Flyers game more than I have these last few days (aside from our March Madness runs). Why? Because I needed social media to not make me want to kill myself for once this week. Rather than reading about after-effects of this past Tuesday night, my timeline was full of things like “Cooke nearly outscores entire Peay team in first half,” “Oh cool Mikesell is starting again,” and “Trey Landers checking in.” Welcome to a new season – one that, on paper, may be the team with the highest ceiling Dayton has seen in a very long time.
Tonight was all about Big Steve. Dayton honored him with a pre-game video and ceremony where Archie presented Mrs. McElvene with his A10 Championship ring. The arena also had a moment of silence in total darkness except for an illuminated “5” on the court. Word on the Tweets is there wasn’t a dry eye in the building. The team also sported some awesome shirts for warmups:
Flyers wearing Steve McElvene T-shirts for warmups. pic.twitter.com/lHx99AKKFn
— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 11, 2016
Shoutout to Dayton’s own Korporate Kasuals who are selling these shirts and donating all proceeds to Steve’s family:
— Korporate Kasuals (@KorporateKasual) November 10, 2016
While they don’t have an online store, they’re encouraging people to call the shop and they’ll ship to you – 937-319-6262.
And now for a pop quiz: what had better graphics, NBA Jam ’93 or tonight’s stream of the game?
Hope that didn’t take long.
Josh, Mikesell, Schooch, Kyle and Cooke got the start tonight. Pollard was in jeans and a t-shirt again with his “thigh contusion” and hasn’t practiced lately. Archie said after the game that he’s suffering from the “injury bug” and “can’t catch a break.” Take that as you want, but remember it’s November so no need to put a ton of weight into it (yet).
The opening tribute and overall vibe of the arena gave our boys no choice but to beat the living poop out of whomever was on the opposite bench, and tonight it just happened to be Austin Peay from Tennessee. Cooke was the unanimous MVP, scoring 24 points in the first half and finishing with 31 overall in 28 minutes of play. The last Flyer to score 30 or more in a game? Chris Wright, roughly 6 years ago (December ’10). As previously mentioned on this site, this team goes as far as Cooke takes them – and from the Red & Blue scrimmage through tonight he’s been hauling ass.
Schooch chipped in 11 points and Sam Miller somehow contributed 10 of his own. Five of our guys were in double figures including DURRELL, who decided to channel his freshman season and drill 4/7 from behind the arch and finish with 17 points overall. Josh Cunningham made his official Dayton debut with 13 points and 6 rebounds. As expected, Austin’s Josh Robinson led the way for his team with 26 points, but the Governors finished shooting a nice little 39.3 percent from the floor.
We were also treated to Trey Landers’s first appearance after sitting out the exhibition game last week. He finished 2-2 with 4 points on 8 minutes of play. Cannot wait to see more of this kid.
— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 12, 2016
How about our boy Jeremiah Bonsu making his Dayton debut? Though he opted to pass in the final seconds rather than drive to the hole, Archie finally gave in to the crowd’s LOWD Bonsu chants. Walk-on’s Gruden, Westerfield, and Parsley also saw the floor tonight. Final score of tonight’s contest: 96-68.
Our next bout is against Alabama this Tuesday at 1:15pm in Tuscaloosa, part of ESPN’s Tipoff Marathon. Let’s roll.
— Arch Miller (@Archie_Miller) November 12, 2016