The postseason rarely makes any sense at all, hence the reason it was dubbed “March Madness” by our forefathers. Teams, along with their respective players, come out of nowhere with performances that finally give you something to talk about with that socially inept, loser coworker in the company kitchen.
That being said, its been a couple hours since Dem Fly Boyz finished their first Atlantic Ten Tournament game and I’m still trying to wrap my head around what I just watched. Who the HELL was that squad and where in Christ’s name was that the last month (or entire season)?
I doubt there was one thing from today’s 69-54 beatdown that anyone predicted beforehand. DURRELL’s first shot of the game was a 3 ball that actually went through the hoop, off an unbelievable pass from Pierre. Our ball movement was sensational. We flooded the post and caused so many headaches down low that I thought Mooney was going to resign at the half. Scooch was out there in front of a hometown crowd pulling layups reminiscent of the Harlem Globetrotters. Coming off his monster performances in our last two games, I didn’t know what to expect from Scoochie today, but if the dude wants to keep this pace, I ain’t going to stop him.
Richmond was shooting a God-awful 1-of-9 from the field at the 13 minute mark, which awarded us a decent lead. I wasn’t buying into it just yet, however, as I was quickly reminded of the nightmare that was “Arkansas.” I think Big Steve somehow felt my doubt because he blocked a Richmond ball into smithereens on the next possession. Touche, Chief. Dayton was up 14-4 at the 11:49 media timeout.
How about the youngin’ Crosby? I’m prone to the nervous shakes whenever he checks in, and today was a rather bipolar display from the freshman. He drained a tough shot from the key halfway through the first half, but would proceed to turn the ball over a couple times, then launch an airball. I can’t figure him out. Sometimes he just doesn’t make sense. Like a girl from a strong, supportive family/community dropping out of school to star in midget porn.
And can we all give a standing O for Big Steve? One thing I’m afraid went unnoticed during today’s pink-socking was the fact that he didn’t commit 10 fouls in his first two minutes of play. Granted he got his second foul with 5 minutes left in the half, improvement is what we’re getting here, folks. Gotta walk before you can crawl. And on another note, I know Blackburn has tweeted/blogged this several times before, but you GOTTA love the effort that kid gives 100% of the time. Whether he’s getting ready to box out or trying to haul his 9 foot frame up the court, he’s got the pedal floored from start to finish.
Mooney’s squad couldn’t get anything going today. Dayton led for the entire game, something else we haven’t seen in quite some time. In fact, at the time of me writing this, none of the three A10 tournament games have seen a lead change yet. At one point the Spiders were called for traveling twice in about a minute’s time. The best we saw from them was a quick 8-2 run they went on towards the end of the first half. Dayton was up 16 with nine minutes left, and the X-Man even got himself some solid playing time.
Quick shout out to the announcers with the quote of the week: “This Dayton team’s motto is ‘Total Team'”.
Even though today was mostly all good news, it’s rare that we ever get true happiness for an entire game (or even a full half for that matter). This was proven again today with about 6 minutes left in the first half, when Pollard put on a pair of roller skates and took a sudden slip and tweaked his knee. He was in obvious discomfort moving up and down the court, so Archie sat him down and our boy Sam Miller checked in. Look, I’m no doctor (unlike all of UDPride and half of the clowns commenting below), but I can’t come up with a single theory behind him not wearing ANYTHING on that knee. A brace, a wrap, something. Anything. Even if its just for appearance sake. Fortunately he iced up and recovered enough to go back in and play a majority of the second half. Dem Fly Boyz went into the locker room at the half up 33-20 and Brooklyn was LOWD as tits.
The momentum stayed strong in the second half and the boys came out FLYING. The lead got to a very comfortable double digit spread which actually allowed Archie to sit our starters for most of the final 5 minutes. Now read that sentence back to yourself real quick and remember that this is the Richmond team we barely beat a week ago, and the same Dayton team that almost had us all jumping off the Edwin C. Moses bridge for all of February.
Cooke led the squad with 14 points even though he was 3 for 12 from the field. You like that? Usually we die without Cooke having a high percentage but the squad backed him up today. And how about that bench! Dem Bench Boyz contributed 24 points this afternoon, with DURRELL donating 9 himself. What a day.
Quick 24 hour turnaround then its back tomorrow to take on St. Joe’s. 55 degrees + 12pm Saturday Dayton game + St. Patty’s Day here in Chicago = God Bless America.