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Maybe it has to do with the Rainbow road curse... Maybe it was English's
new hairdo. Maybe the Men were Jet Lagged... Maybe it was just about
time for our guys in green to let one slip away.
Regardless of the reason behind it, the Rainbow's posted their
first loss in ten games - Their first loss of the season in WAC
play. They fall to 15-3 overall. and 6-1 in the WAC.
The loss wouldn't be a big deal - Basketball is a fickle game of
streaks and you gotta expect a team to drop one periodically. But to lose to the San Jose State Spartans? This team
stunk up the court this season (sorry, but it's the truth), posting a 0-6
record in the WAC and a 5-13 overall record before this performance
against the Rainbows. AND to lose when Coach Riley Wallace is trying
so hard to get our guys a top 25 ranking? Forget that now!
That's good though, at least now we can concentrate on playing some ball.
And I can't really say we were beaten by a fine performance by the
Spartans. It's not that they were that good - it's more like the
Rainbows were just that bad. I saw nothing impressive about the
Spartan offense or defense - nothing that would have enabled this team to
beat our Rainbows.
So what happened?
1) 4 players scored double figures. Savo, Burneika, and Martin each brought home 12, and English
contributed 11. That's 47 points right there.. This is usually a good
thing.... However, it also meant nobody else was scoring (we only scored
53 total which leaves 6 big points by everyone else).
2) Our man Savo was kept out of the game for an inordinate amount of time
in the first half. Why? I dunno, do you? He played 30
minutes when he should have played at least 40.
3) 3 for 20 from 3 point land (our bread and butter the past few games -
Guess the well went dry!)
4) 18 of 53 from 2 point land (Ho Boy, nuff said)
Defensively, we were okay. Haim had
3 blocks and we "held" the Spartans to under 60 points.
Defense unfortunately counts for less on the road then it does at
home. When you pack your carry on folks, you gotta bring some extra
offense with you.
Anyhow, I won't bore you about
how the Bow's looked really good at the start of the game... Who cares? We
still lost, and it's the W's and L's that count.
Don't get me wrong - I still LOVE this team! For all the rainy day
fans out there, lighten up. These Bows are top 25 in my book, and I
am almost glad we got this loss out of our system. The Bow's will
regroup and refocus by the time they play Rice on the 24th, and I'll be
watching them on KFVE prove that they are 'DA MEN' once again. Plus,
the team seems to do well against teams with animal names, don't you
think? Beware Owls, GO BOWS!