Archive for December, 2007

The Best Game in UD Arena History

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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The Dayton Flyers surprised the nationally ranked #6 Pittsburgh Panthers blowing out the 3.5 point favorites 80-55 in front of a sold out crowd at UD Arena.         (Highlights from the Game)

Out of all the seasons and games I have been to at UD Arena, this was by far the best game. Sitting center court, two rows behind the scorer’s table, and the game on national television station ESPN 2, while standing up throughout the game and waving my towel like all the other 13,000 Dayton fans made the game and atmosphere of the arena exciting and memorable.

The win will go down as one of Dayton’s greatest wins over a ranked opponent and Dayton will be in the Top 25 for the first time since 2003 when the new polls come out this week.

I remember my freshman year of high school when I was 14 – it was the year for the Flyers as they won the 2003 A-10 regular season championship and the A-10 tournament and went to the 2003 NCAA tournament as a #4 seed and ending the season 25-6 with exciting and impressive wins that season at UD Arena over #9 Marquette in overtime with NBA superstar Dwayne Wade and beating #19 Cincinnati Bearcats for the first time in 20 years.

Hopefully, this year the Flyers can have a season like they did in 2002-2003. Because I believe this is the year for Dayton Flyer basketball.

Buckeyes Revenge

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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Well it might not have been the same players that made up the Florida and Ohio State basketball teams that played in last season’s national championship game, but the Ohio State Buckeyes got revenge against the Florida Gators defeating the Gators 62-49.

The revenge would have been sweet had Ohio State beat Florida in the title game last season in basketball after getting blown out earlier in the season in Gainesville 86-60. Ohio State failed to get revenge at the right time when given a second chance and lost last year in the title game 84-75. The game doesn’t mean much, and the revenge isn’t as great of a feeling other than Florida fans not being able to say we own Ohio State and OSU can never beat Florida.   OSU fans can at least say we beat Florida this year and can hope OSU does better than Florida in basketball this year come March.

Both teams aren’t having their premier years like last year. Neither team came into the game ranked and didn’t have nearly any of the type of hype of last year’s game when they played each other twice last season.

My prediction for this year is that both Ohio State and Florida will at least make the postseason, whether it is the NIT or NCAA tournament.

Bombers Lose to Trenton

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

The Trenton Devils defeated the Dayton Bombers 4-1 Friday night at Sovereign Bank Arena in front of 2,474 fans.

Dayton forward Brad Bonello took advantage on the power play for the Bombers scoring in the first period for the only goal of the period and the only goal of the game for the Bombers.

The Bombers were without two top players Friday night, center Yannick Tifu has been loaned to Albany (AHL) and forward Matt Beaudoin has been loaned to Iowa Stars (AHL).

An interesting fact is that Brad Bonello had the worse +/- on ice time for the Bombers, with -3, even though he scored the only goal for the Bombers Friday night.

Trenton center Trevor Kell scored in the second period scoring the only goal of the second period on a power play to tie the score at 1.

Trenton would score the other 3 goals all in third period. Colin Pepperall scored the go –ahead goal in third period with 5:06 left to go to give Trenton the lead. Dayton pulled its goalie late in the game and Trenton scored the other two goals on an empty net to close out the game.

Flyers Get By American

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Flyers improved to 9-1 and got their eighth consecutive win for the season and went to 6-0 at home after winning in ugly fashion against American Wednesday night 63-56.

Brian Roberts lead Dayton with 12 points and Thiago Cordiero scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes of play.

Also contributing for Dayton was Kurt Huelsman who had a career high 11 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds and scored 5 points

Wednesday night against American, the Flyers did not look like the same team that blew out Coppin State Saturday night.

Dayton came out struggling in the first half, down by as much as 7 points with 5:03 left in the first half against American. American went into the half leading 23-22.

No one for the Flyers was in synch and foul shots killed Dayton as they shot an embarrassing 16-of-30 for 53% in the game.

Dayton came back in the second half shooting 12-of-24 for 50% improving from their 37.5% first half shooting.

The Flyers had their biggest lead of the game, leading by 12 points during the second half when they were up 50-38 with 5:24 left to go. However, American guard Garrison Carr would make 3 consecutive 3 pointers on the next 3 possessions for American to cut the score to 55-50 with 3:34 left in the game. Brian Roberts would hit a 3 on the Flyers next possession, and the Flyers made foul shots to hang on and close out the rest of the game to win.

American was lead by 5′ 9” guard Garrison Carr who had 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting and 7-of-14 from beyond the arc and Derrick Mercer who had 9 points.

Wright State Defeats St Bonaventure

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Fairborn, Ohio – The Wright State Raiders defeated St Bonaventure 54-45 Tuesday Night at the Nutter Center in front of 2,759 fans. Here is an anaylsis of some of the Wright State players and how they played last night.

Scottie Wilson – Had a pretty decent game with 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds. Last game, when Wright State played Miami, Scottie Wilson didn’t play and that was a key loss in the game, even though Wright State came back and beat Miami 63-62.

Jordan Pleiman – Scored 8 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Sometimes he looked out of position when trying to get a rebound and got into foul trouble picking up 4 and Brownell had to put in Ronnie Thomas who came into play his first game of the season – not since the 05-06 season had Thomas played. Pleiman had a few good post moves, but once Pleiman came out, and Thomas came in, the point production and rebounding suffered a little bit.

Todd Brown – He had a slightly below average game with 8 points on 3-10 shooting, but did have 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

Will Graham – Poor shooting, shooting 1-of-5 from the field, for 4 points. Graham could have shot better and played a little better.

Vaughn Duggins – The leading scorer on the team lead Wright State with 16 points in 36 minutes last night doing his role by showing up and being a leader for Wright State.

John David Gardner – Only played 12 minutes and had 0 points. It looked like he was having a little trouble with the trap St Bonaventure was using. I don’t even think he played in the second half and was sitting on the bench because of his performance.

The Raiders improved to 5-3 and next game is at Cal State Fullerton December 22nd.

Calgary Flames Defeat Columbus Blue Jackets

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Mikka Kiprusoff had 36 saves and the Calgary Flames defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Tuesday evening at Nationwide Arena.

Calgary Flames defensemen Adrian Aucion scored the only goal of the first period of the game on a power play. The Flames were 1-of-6 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets were 0-of-6.

Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored the other 2 goals for Calgary all in the second period. Curtis Glencross scored the only goal for Columbus in the second period to make it 2-1, but Jarome Iginla scored the other goal in the second period to make it 3-1.

The Blue Jackets had 37 shots on goal, while the Flames only had 23 shots on goal. Columbus won 36 face-offs compared to just 23 face-offs won by Calgary. Just by looking at the box score with shots on goal and face-offs won, you can clearly tell the Blue Jackets outplayed Calgary Tuesday night. This loss tonight for the Blue Jackets is a disappointment because of all their hustle tonight.

The Blue Jackets fell to 14-13-6 and the Flames improved to 17-13-5. The Blue Jackets next game is against Los Angeles Friday night at 7PM.

Bengals Commentary

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers Saturday evening 20-13.  Besides the fact, that the Bengals could never beat the 49ers, I’m not going to summarize everything that happened in the game. Instead I’m going to give my commentary on the Bengals.

The Bengals are one of the worst franchises in NFL history. The loss to the 49ers gave the Bengals another losing season. Is this franchise cursed? They have never won a Super Bowl and when they went to the playoffs in 2005 – it was the first time in 17 years since 1988 – the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the 49ers. Look at how many losing seasons and coaching changes the Bengals have had since they went to the Super Bowl.

Last year, the Bengals had several games where all they had to do was win or do something simple in the game to win and clinch a playoff spot, instead they found a way to lose and blew a winning season, and dropped to 8-8 for another neutral season under the Marvin Lewis era.

I thought this year the Bengals were going to have a winning season at 9-7 before the season started. In the preseason, Marvin Lewis is playing suspended for half the season Chris Henry at wide receiver. What kind of discipline is that? In the past two years, the Bengals have started to turn into the Cincinnati Convict football team. The Bengals need a change of personnel and a coach who knows how to discipline his team.

The only hope and thing to look forward to for the rest of the season for the Bengals and all the Bengals fans is beating the Browns this Sunday in Cincinnati in the Ohio or Ohio State rivalry. The classic Ohio State rivalry featuring the Northeast Ohio kids from Cleveland and other northeast suburbs versus the Southwest kids from Cincinnati and other southwest suburbs. The Bengals can beat the Browns this Sunday and lessen their chances for the playoffs and all the Southwest Ohio kids can take pride in beating the Browns in part 2 of the rivalry, after losing in part 1, 51-45 in a high scoring game at Cleveland back on September 16th.

My prediction is this: if the Bengals offense plays like they did in the first meeting, and unlike last time if the defense shows up this time and  plays solid defense, then the Bengals should beat the Browns by at least 2 or 3 touchdowns on Sunday and put all the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio kids in their place.

Raiders Rally to Edge Miami on 3 Point Buzzer Beater

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Todd Brown’s game winning 3 point shot as the buzzer sounded helped Wright State rally and edge Miami 58-57 Saturday night at the Nutter Center in front of 3,813 fans.

Wright State was led in scoring by Troy Tabler coming off the bench with 14 points. Jordan Pleiman scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, and Todd Brown recorded 8 points.

Tim Pollitz had 15 points, Michael Bramos and Aaron Moorsman contributed 9 points for the Miami Redhawks.

Miami had its biggest lead by 16 points at halftime with the score of 44-28 before Wright State would comeback and rally in the second half.

Wright State’s defense and Miami’s poor second half shooting only allowed the Redhawks to score 13 second half points. Wright State took advantage of it and tied the game at 55 at 1:47 after Vaughn Duggins made 2 free throws.

The teams would exchange possessions on missed baskets to take the lead. Miami would take a full timeout with 25 seconds left in the game after Wright State missed on its possession to take the lead. Kenny Hayes scored the go-ahead shot with 5 seconds remaining in the game.

After Kenny Hayes made it, Wright State took a 20 second timeout to set up a play for a last second shot. Vaughn Duggins passed it to Todd Brown and Todd Brown shot the trey at the buzzer as Wright State would comeback and rally to edge Miami.

Once Kenny Hayes made the go-ahead basket, I thought the game was over for Wright State and Miami had won the game and there was a very slim chance for the Raiders to win the game. I thought it was payback from last year when DaShaun Wood made the game winning basket for Wright State to win the game.

Not only did the Raiders prove me wrong, but so did the Flyers. When I saw the score on scoreboards, I thought they both were going to lose given the score at the time, but the Dayton Flyers and Wright State Raiders made great comebacks and rallied in the second half to edge Miami by 1 point this season on game winning shots.

Dayton Blows Out Coppin State

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Flyers tenacious defense was too much for Coppin State as Brian Roberts lead the team with 14 points and had 7 assists, Chris Wright scored 13 points and 5 rebounds, Marcus Johnson had 9 points, and Charles Little recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds, as the Flyers used their 16 player depth and defense to crush Coppin State 66-34 in front of 12,063 fans Saturday night at UD Arena.

Mickey Perry made his first debut – after having to sit out until the end of the school semester because of the time he transferred from Wisconsin to Dayton – making a 3 pointer, grabbing 2 rebounds, and 1 block in 8 minutes of play.

Dayton’s pressure defense picking up Coppin State the full length of the court took a lot of time off the shot clock and held Coppin State to 14-of-45 shooting for 31% and only 15 first half points. Dayton’s good defense had 8 blocked shots. London Warren had 3 of 6 steals for Dayton.

Dayton outdid Coppin State in every stat category. The Dayton Flyers bench scored 20 points and Coppin State’s bench had 0 points. The Flyers hustle helped them get 33 rebounds and 19 assists, while Coppin State only had 21 rebounds and 7 assists.

Dayton improved to 8-1 and continues its home stand Wednesday night against American.

Buckeyes Annihilate Presbyterian

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

After getting out rebounded 32-22 last game to Coppin State – with starting 7 foot center Kosta Koufous not even getting a rebound – Kosta Koufous and the Ohio State Buckeyes bounced back after struggling last game in a 47-39 win against Coppin State by taking it out on Presbyterian Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena in front of 16,569 fans.

Kosta Koufous scored 21 points and Jamar Butler added 16 points and dished out 8 assists and Ohio State never looked back as they annihilated Presbyterian 87-43.

The Buckeyes shot a remarkable 71% from the field making 35-of-49 shots, including 10-of-15 for 67% from the 3 point line, while Presbyterian only shot 34% making 15-of-44 shots and 11-of-32 for 34% from the 3 point line.

This game Ohio State was all over the boards, with Othello Hunter and David Lighty leading the team with 5 rebounds each. Ohio State grabbed 30 rebounds total and out rebounded Presbyterian who only got 14 rebounds.

Ohio State improved to 6-3 and Presbyterian dropped to 1-11. Ohio State takes on Cleveland State @ Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Tuesday night at 7 PM.