Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Women's Basketball Blog: MAAC Championship
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
I apologize for not posting yesterday. In the whirlwind of all the events of the afternoon, I honestly forgot about the blog until this morning. My bad.
Like a lot of times in the postseason, games are examples of what took place during the season. A story about the team is already written and it just depends which one shows up in March. Unfortunately for the Griffs, the problems that hurt them for a majority of the season took over for a majority of the game.
I was really impressed with how the team played in the first half. They started out really strong in matching the physicality of Saint Peter's. I thought they were posting hard, fighting through screens and battling on the glass. At the end of the first half, the turnovers started to creep in (six in seven possessions), but they overcame it with some good defense and went into the locker room with the lead.
Then in the second half, the energy level didn't seem as high as the first half. However, the defense kept them in the game for the first 10 minutes of the second half. However, the offense couldn't create enough separation for when Saint Peter's got some production offensively. The game was tied at 55-55 when the Griffs' shot didn't fall and the Saint Peter's shot did. That happens. That's basketball in a close game.
Then Canisius turned it over three straight times and still was able to stay in the game, keeping it a three-point game. They got the stop with about 20 seconds left and were coming up court looking to tie the game. The Griffs threw a pass to the right wing and I really thought Saint Peter's deflected the ball out of bounds. However, the referees felt otherwise and said it went off Canisius. I never saw a replay to see who was correct, but I was honestly shocked at the call.
The Griffs put themselves in that spot with all of the turnovers. That call didn't cost Canisius the game. It was a bad break at a bad time. Unfortunately it went against the Griffs. They were very good this season in tight games and in close games, those 50-50 breaks don't always go your way.
It was a disappointing way for the season to end. The team will have some time off before getting back to work later this month. I want to thank everyone who read the blog this season and hope you enjoyed it.
Have a good summer and remember, fairways, greens and two-putts.
Posted Thursday at 2:38 p.m.
A very exciting finish to the first game of the day as Rider forced overtime with a buzzer-beater and then Iona won with a basket in the final three seconds of overtime to defeat the Broncs by one. Hence why we are tipping at 2:40 p.m.
Canisius and Saint Peter's are meeting in the postseason for the second time in the last three years. There isn't too much of a secret when playing Saint Peter's. The Griffs need to take care of the basketball and neutralize Saint Peter's on the offensive glass. The Peahens rebound 42 percent of their misses, which is the highest in the conference. They are very athletic. If Canisius focuses on those two things, they will have a good chance at winning today's game.
Posted Thursday at 10:15 a.m.
We're off to a little bit of a late start with the blog, but don't worry, it wasn't going away on the biggest weekend of the season.
I didn't ride down to Springfield with the team last night. They left around 11 a.m. Mike Scott and I left after work, departing around 6:30 p.m. and arriving at the Springfield in Sheraton around 12:20 a.m. It was a pretty easy drive with a little bit of bad weather for about the last hour. It featured a mini-detour down 890 by Schenectady when the Thruway was closed due to an accident. It also featured a stop for Shamrock Shakes.
The hotel has a neat setup with all of the floors surrounding a totally open area in the middle. Each floor is essentially a rectangle around the opening. You can see up and down to the other floors. We had a similar hotel setup at one of the hotels in Missorui back in December 2007. It is weird that at 12:30 last night I instantly thought of that. Maybe because the hotel employees had a paper airplane contest during our stay there to try and get the airplane to go through a huge Christmas wreath hanging from the ceiling. It wasn't as cool as this guy's paper airplane flight.
One last thing before heading down to pregame, the hotel has a really nice health club. It's a serious health club - ton of weight machines, free weights, squat racks, a bunch of cardio equipment, a huge pool, racquetball courts, massages are available, etc. Anyway, a few treadmills down from me this morning was a guy running with a gas mask on. Dead serious. I didn't ask him why (he took it off when he was done). Maybe it was because his arms were the size of my head.