Monday, March 22, 2010

Strong Finish

What up what up! I hope that everyone has been ok while I have been away. Everything has been good for me, I've been able to stay healthy and have a pretty good stretch of overall games here lately. In our last four games we have went 2-2 and with four games left in our regular season, we need a strong finish.

Our first game during this stretch we went on the road to play Galil Giboa, a very good shooting team that plays a lot of pick and roll. We started out very slow in the first quarter falling behind a 20 point deficit, but we were able to battle back in the second quarter to tie the game with defense. In the second half, we jumped on them early out the gate to take the lead but late in the fourth quarter they made three consecutive three's that made the difference in the game. We weren't able to get the stops when we needed and Galil beat us 87-83. I finished the game with 28 pts. & 5 rebs.

The second game was against Holon, who was coming in our gym confident because they had two big wins in their previous games. The defense we played in the first quarter was unbelievable holding them to four points (two free throws and lay-up from a turnover) and taking a commanding lead 26-4. They were never able to get the lead within 16 the rest of the game and we went on to win 93-74. I was perfect from the floor and the only missed shot I had was a free throw. Final stat line was 23pts, 7rebs & 5assts.

Game 3 was on the road against Benei Hasharon, a team that we are competing with for a playoff spot. The game started out well for us but I picked up two cheap fouls and that seem to put things in a down spiral. I sat out most of the first half while Benei Hasharon built up a 10pt lead a halftime. The second half we came out flat and the defense just completely vanished. We lost 97-74, I had 5pts and a big headache after this game.

Last night we played Netanya, the second place team in our league at home. Our defense once again lead us to a great victory 92-74. It was a great team effort and the key was keeping them off the offensive rebounds and out of transition because they are a very athletic team. In the second quarter we were able to develop a double digit lead and later held off a strong rally they made to get back in the game. I had 20pts and 4rebs.

Now we just have to learn how to bring our home defensive intensity on the road and we will have a strong finish going into the playoffs. Until the next blog....Dueces!!

Son Of The City