Congratulations to the Coaching staff on the first victory among many more to come. I am sure it was a even sweeter victory for coach Nelson that it came in the state of Florida. Hope he had college friends in attendance to help in the celebration.
The team flies out at 9 pm...IF they can get out due to the weather in Boston.....
I hope the airport has long benches. I don't see planes coming into Logan tonight. Best bet would be to find out now that the flight is cancelled and stay in a hotel, rather than waiting in the terminal for 10 hours
The Jetblue flight (#170) out of Fort Lauderdale scheduled for 9:01 has been delayed until 11:24
good point ! especially with a cross-country flight on Friday for the SD game on Sat - I don't agree with taking such a flight for just one game and then back home on Sunday, (with exams around the corner) - this is a big negative to accepting the Boca tourney invite.
Back home from Boca. Lowder laid flat on his stomach, motionless for a LONG time. Was wheeled into locker room at half time. Wore a "tense machine" on his left hip, which massages the hip. Aggravated same hip when he played AAU ball. Expected out for couple weeks (from inside source), but walked fine to the bus. Butler was the emotional leader. Was screaming and pounding the floor when things were turning in our favor. Pridgen was a human highlight reel. Able to take two huge steps before leaping. Considering how little minutes Yeutter had previously, his performance today was impressive. Brought the ball up the court with confidence, composure and aggressiveness. Verbeek played very relaxed and confident, led to good performance. Has soft touch inside and can hit from the perimeter. In final quarter we took charge and Mercer fell apart. Pridgen did excellent job slowing down their #22 to the point where #22 couldn't take over the game as he did in Mercer's prior game. My wife thinks Mercer fatigued out. She might be right. A SUPER WIN. Ya gotta feel good for Nelson. Boca is a beautiful city, check out Mizner Park. Lots of $$ there.
QUOTABLES Coach Greg Gary – "I knew in the first five minutes that they play hard, they're hungry. They hadn't won a game. They fight and they are going to fight. In the first five minutes, I knew they had more pop than we did. The first play of the game I called a timeout because I could see it, I could feel it and that's something that we didn't bounce back from, in my opinion, to be consistent over the forty minutes."
I heard him say that in the pre-game interview. I guess the ref thought it is ok to let play continue with an injured player lying on the court. Tacky move by the ref.
I didn't see it.
Who had the ball? I thought the standard was play continued until the team with the injured player got possession of the ball. That would stop unscrupulous players from faking an injury to stop a fast break, etc
Haven't had a chance to see the Crusaders in person yet but while Lowder and Wade got most of the great press coming to Mt. St. James, it looks like Pridgen is really the most accomplished on the team. Some great recruiting to get all of them.
Post by Non Alum Dave on Dec 3, 2019 11:57:44 GMT -5
When I first saw him at prep school I thought he physically resembled MV a little bit (as well as his game). I didn't want to mention it on the board cause I figured people here would want to throw a net over me.
Kudos to the previous staff for recruiting Pridgen - I don't think anyone thought he'd step in and imme make a major contribution - and I don't recall any other D.1 schools we beat out for him. 'A diamond in the rough'
Post by Non Alum Dave on Dec 3, 2019 12:06:58 GMT -5
If I recall, Joe was a bit of a late bloomer who gained attention in the early summer of 2018 for his willingness to go toe to toe with opponents much bigger than himself. Too lazy to look it up, but I thought he had a few offers, including Towson.