Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hoops: Nice Shootin' Tex!


It has been almost forever since I have posted to this blog, but I am back and interested in continuing.

UW Huskies 102 - Long Beach State 75

Last night's game at Hec Edmunson Arena between UW and Long Beach State was a revelation on a number of levels. Though this was the fourth game of the season, it was the first that I have been able to see. I had conflicts with each of the three previous games. We are in new seats this year. They are four rows closer to the floor and in the 'chair back' seats rather than the bleachers. I didn't think that four rows would make that big a difference, but it does. A very enjoyable place to watch a hoops game from. I congratulate my wife and daughter on doing an awesome job of picking this year's seats.

The Huskies have been totally transformed! They are still capable of and willing to play carnivorous defense, but they are now also a shooting machine. C. J. Wilcox, who red-shirted last year as a freshman, is a classic 2-guard (shooting guard). He took nine shots last night, which doesn't sound like a lot, but he made 7 of them; 6 threes and a deuce. So, 20 points on nine shots. I'd say that's pretty efficient production. I didn't hear it myself, but apparently Lorenzo Romar said after the game that he had passed up too many open opportunities. Yikes!

Along with C. J. there were 6 other Huskies scoring in double figures; Gaddy with 17 Overton with 10, IT with 19, MBA with 14, Holiday with 11 and Darnell Gant with 10. The amazing thing is that there were 14 3-pointers in that mix. In a couple of seasons passed, there were times when we couldn't seem to get more than 2 or 3. Now they're shooting rainbows from everywhere.

The other good news is our inside play. Gant, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and the new guy, Aziz N'Diaye bring a really solid game up front. Aziz is a 7 footer from Senegal by way of the College of Southern Idaho. He is very much a work in progress on the offensive end, but his rebounding and defense are pretty darn good and he runs the floor well. MBA has stepped up his game yet again. I hope that he can consistently stay at the level he showed last night. He was 7 for 7 from the field (not all that hard when you are shooting inside of 5 feet) and cleaned the boards and blocked or altered a number of shots. Good stuff.

This is an exciting team to watch. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the season and can't wait for PAC-10 play to begin.

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I'm currently 60 years old. I currently work as the learning management system specialist for American University of Madaba in Madaba, Jordan. I was originally certified as a high-school English teacher and taught school for 13 years (1 year of substituting, 1 year of 7th grade, 2 years of a combined 5th, 6th, 7th grade, 9 years of 8th grade). I've worked for hardware and software companies for the past 23 years doing training, training materials development, certification test development and other education related stuff. My wife and I have raised four children to adulthood; some of them live at home at the moment, but that won't last (they're too independent for that). We live at home with 2 Golden Retrievers, 2 black cats, a crazy cat, and, during the winter, 70,000 coho salmon.