Saturday, December 22, 2007

Narrow Escape

BC pulled out a win against pesky Northeastern, in a game the Huskies controlled most of the way before the Eagles closed with a 13-5 run to steal the game. This one was all about the freshmen, notably Cory Raji (12 points, 6 boards) and Rakim Sanders (20 points), as former BC assistant coach Bill Coen clearly decided Tyrese Rice was NOT going to beat them, throwing a junk box and one D at the proflic guard. In the end though, Rice did beat them, dropping a tear drop with 2.2 seconds left to seal the deal.

The positives I take out of this game are the continued improvement and assertiveness of Sanders and Raji, easily the gems of the freshman class. One big gripe: the confounding minutes Al keeps giving stiffs Tyler Roche and John Oates. Newsflash: these guys just can't play. I'm sure they are good soldiers and nice practice players, but Roche (20 minutes, 1-6, o rebounds) and Oates (20 minutes, 0-2, 2 rebounds) are virtually invisible out there. You have to play Raji and Sanders as much as possible. The plus/minus when they are on the floor together is astounding.


Jasjacar said...

I hope that Skinner's loyalty does not cost them games. Oates is a great role player that should not play more than 10 minutes a game. And until Roche can prove he can shoot the J we all expected he should not be more than a spot player. These freshman (esp. Raji and Paris) are proving themselves and he have earned their minutes.

Angry Eagle said...

Couldn't agree with you more Jasacar, as I'm sure you can tell from my blogs.