I don’t really have much to say about this game. But here are some pictures.
After a brief hiatus, I am back. We are entering the final stretch of the season, and whether it is over after two games or extends to points beyond rests on the collective backs of the team and coaches. As it should. Eastern had a nice overtime win over Western last Saturday, and followed it up with another tough road loss (and missed opportunity) at Central. On the plus side, there will be no more road games for Eastern, just hopefully lots and lots of neutral site games. Carter (with a little help from the Eagle Totem statisticians as well as a team from Cal Tech) pieced together the tournament possibilities in a previous post. Of course, the tournament represents a chance to put a dollop of sour cream on the bowl of chili that has been this season.
The subtitle to this post is: Don’t read any of this; go directly to the postscript.
Let’s start with the current standings.
1. Akron (14-1)
2. Ohio (13-2)
3. Western Michigan (9-6)
3. Toledo (9-6)
5. Kent State (8-7)
6. Buffalo (7-8)
6. Ball State (7-8)
6. EMU (7-8)
9. Bowling Green (6-9)
10. Central Michigan (4-11)
11. Miami (3-12)
11. Northern Illinois (3-12)
I don’t know if I would call it a pretty game but a win is a win. Especially when that win comes against your cross state rival. At any rate, here are the pictures taken at the game.
Pictures from the game today. I think Jeremy said what I wanted to say….so I’ll just show the pictures.
A bad loss is a bad loss. It can be argued that Saturday’s defeat at the hand of the 8-20 Missouri State Bears didn’t matter at this point of the season, it wasn’t a MAC game and has no bearing on what may or may not be accomplished by the 2012-2013 Eagles. It was still a bad loss. A complete giveaway. An uninspired performance down the stretch by the players, questionable coaching decisions, and (as much as I hate to go there) bad officiating all contributed to dropping a game at home that should never have been lost. Time for the post-mortem.
The good news is that Eastern picked up their first road win of the season on Saturday with a solid performance at Ball State. The bad news is they were thoroughly outclassed by a superior Ohio team last night. This confluence of events leads us to the homestretch of the season. Time for some Random Musings as we begin the endgame.
Pictures from last night’s game.
Sometimes in basketball the flow of a game can resemble a boxing match. Tonight, a gritty Eastern Michigan team stood toe-to-toe with MAC leader Akron for thirty-five minutes before the Zips pulled away late. The Eastern 2-3 zone did its job for the most part on this night, but Akron senior Brian Walsh — who hit three big-time threes late in the fourth quarter — managed to work the defense and land the knockout blows.
With senior scoring guard Derek Thompson missing the game due to family concerns the Eagles were a little short on firepower, but did manage to mount a respectable offensive effort based on energy and at times sheer will. The play of Anthony Strickland personified the team’s effort tonight. Strickland was all over the court making plays driving to the hoop, drawing fouls and then proceeding to go 8-8 from the line, pulling down four rebounds, and putting forth a strong defensive effort. Strickland also led the team with four assists, and minutes played with thirty-three.