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A Nice Night to be an Eagle

March 8, 2016

Since I had to work, I couldn’t make it for the whole women’s game, but I did make it for the last quarter. It was pretty exciting but it seemed like they had the game wrapped up at the point. Still it was a nice bonus for me, especially since they got the win over Kent State. I wish them the best of luck as they travel to Cleveland in order to take on the Cardinals of Ball State for the next game in the MAC Tournament.

I’ll make no qualms, it was the men’s game that I was going to see. I was a little worried since this would be the third meeting against the Rockets. Even though Eastern beat them the last two times, they were close games and tournaments can go either way. Much of it depended on which version of the Eagles showed up. After a slow first couple of minutes, the Eagles that wanted to go to Cleveland showed up. With the exception of a scare near the end of the game, they came to play.

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The Good:
1. Once again, the Eagles seemed to be finding the basket from many different places. There were three Eagles in double digits tonight: Lee, Bond and James Thompson IV.
2. James Thompson again got a double-double. He was a little chippy in parts of the game but he was able to regain his cool before he caused too much damage to the team.
3. Tim Bond got 5 steals tonight. I’m not sure how many of those led to points but at least they didn’t lead to Toledo points.
The Bad:
1. Toledo managed to take the lead late in the game. Fortunately, the Eagles regained the lead and didn’t look back after that point. This team is still pretty inconsistent.
2. Once again, shooting was south of 50%. Eastern was 0-5 from three point range in the second half. At least their free throws were better in the second half than the first half.
3. I really can’t think of anything else.

The Ugly:
I’m just going to savor this win tonight. So I’m not going to give the ugly tonight.

Unless Eastern beats Akron, this will be my last post of the season. I wont be able to make it down to Cleveland on Thursday, but I did take a half day on Friday, just in case. So I wish Eastern the best of luck against Akron. The funny thing is that I think they can beat them. But I also think that they can lose. So we’ll see.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2016 12:45 pm

    Hey Ken,

    Good job in posting your insights during the course of the basketball season. Hope they can get by Akron and they could because they can be good when JT4 and Raven Lee, along with Tim Bond are on their game. Good luck Eagles on Thursday. We’ll be listening in to support you.

    1970 EMU ALUMNUS

    • Ken permalink
      March 8, 2016 1:07 pm

      I think they can get by Akron.

  2. Eric Walline permalink
    March 8, 2016 6:09 pm

    I was impressed with the crowd. Best student participation I’ve seen in recent years. Hope it continues into next season. If so, The Convocation Center would be a really tough place for road teams.

  3. Block E permalink
    March 9, 2016 11:17 am

    Man, we were getting really used to playing Toledo.

  4. Ken permalink
    March 10, 2016 9:45 pm

    And it turns out I was wrong. They came oh so close.

    Oh well…next year right?

  5. Ken Barna permalink
    March 30, 2016 9:55 pm

    Dear Carter Adler,
    What’s going on with the Eagle Totem? Nothing since the Western game? I really miss the commentary and comments about Eastern Michigan. I hope you are alive and well.

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