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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:52 pm

Saturday, November 4:

Horizon
Wayne State 79, Detroit 77. A second straight loss to Wayne State. What can one say? Very embarrassing, and certainly not encouraging. Some specific reactions:
- Bacari used a small lineup most of the night, with three guards (and none of the Titan guards are big). Triple J played 33 minutes. Though he had no assists, he led the Titans with points, and was the most effective Titan player on the floor.
- Dre Black played 29 minutes. That shouldn't happen during the regular season.
- Here's a line: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 turnovers. Gerald Blackshear? No, it's Corey Allen.
- Allen and Josh McFolley shot a combined 4-19 from the floor. We won't win many games with that. Team shot 38%, but a passable, if not terribly good, 46% for the rest of the squad.
- Free throw shooting was just 63%, with Hogan and Dre Black as the main villains.
- Hogan was very ineffective against a team he should have pushed around. I guess the summer off took it's toll. After making all 4 of his free throw attempts in the first half, he was 1-6 in the second.
- 17 turnovers. Yuck.
- Blackshear started but played just 8 minutes. Eichler and Long limited to cameos. Ballantyne got a good look but did not look good.
- Chatman hit a couple threes early, then pretty much disappeared, in part due to foul trouble.
- Roschon Prince played (though not too well). Isaiah Jones did not play. I wonder if we will ever see him take the floor.
- It's an exhibition, and Wayne State is a good D-II team. No need to panic. Yet there's no way to paint this as a good result, either, and after last season's disaster, I would really have liked to see the Titans come out firing.

Northern Kentucky 81, Urbana 26. Not a misprint. NKU did it without point guard Lavone Holland. Urbana is a D-II team.

Bradley 77, UIC 64. At least that's what two posters on Bradley's forum board reported on this secret scrimmage.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Western Michigan 87, Kalamazoo 61. Western has scarcely played its best player, Thomas Wilder, in two easy exhibition wins.

Toledo 116, Trine 59. The Rockets led D-III Trine 56-18 at halftime.

Saint Louis 69, Harris-Stowe 51. St. Louis ground out a win over Harris Stowe, an NAIA team. The Billikens only used 7 players, with four starters playing more than 30 minutes.

Other Games of Interest:
Marquette 81, Lindenwood 79. In this exhibition, Marquette trailed by 11 early in the second half. Detroiter Greg Elliott had 8 points for Marquette.

Ferris State 86, Indiana (Pa). 82. Ferris, which came close to beating Michigan State in an exhibition last week, opened it's regular season with a very good weekend at the Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville. On Friday they beat D-II's #5 team, Thomas Aquinas (of New York), 84-79, and tonight they beat the #6 team, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ferris was ranked #10 in the preseason poll.

Cornerstone 69, Union 54. Cornerstone (of Grand Rapids) also had a good weekend. Cornerstone opened the season ranked #1 in NAIA, but lost its first two, one in overtime at the buzzer to #6 Indiana Wesleyan, and the other on the road to #26 Spring Arbor. But this weekend they had back-to-back wins over #3 St. Francis and #2 Union. So in their first 4 games, they played the #2, #3, #6, and #26 teams in the preseason poll, with all four games on the road or neutral locales. That's a tough schedule, and merits a Bob-Lo Scoreboard mention.
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:35 pm

Sunday, November 5:

Horizon:
Minnesota 115, Green Bay 86. After sparring for about two minutes to open this "disaster relief" exhibition, the Gophers went on a 13-0 run and that was that. It was never close. Green Bay had a couple bright spots in the play of Khalil Small (20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) and soph TJ Parham (17 points).

Non-Conference Opponents
Virginia Tech 86, South Carolina 67. Whaddya all think? Think we can beat Tech?

Other Games of Interest:
Central Michigan 81, Northwood 71. Central shot 44 of 48 from the foul line.
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:46 pm

Yes, we can beat Virginia Tech. In fact, I'm counting on it to wash away the worries impinging on my confidence about this year.
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby titanmac » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:28 pm

you goin moose?
In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well that basketball court out there tonight, that's our universe. Let's rule it like Titans! (with apologies to coach boon)
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:13 pm

Monday, November 6:

Horizon
Oakland 102, Davenport 61. Davenport was playing its first-ever game as a member of Division II, having moved up from the NAIA to join the GLIAC this year. Davenport has been an NAIA power and features Khadim Dieng, a seven footer who originally signed with Western Michigan, Janeau Joubert, a cousin to Titan walk-on Jacob and a transfer from Central Michigan, and Nick Malonga, a transfer from D-I North Florida. So they were potentially a challenge. But OU came to play, and led 61-31 by halftime. Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points in 17 minutes of playing time.

Non-Conference Opponents
Siena Heights 74, Trinity Christian 65. Siena Heights, one of two NAIA teams on the Titan schedule, won its season opener. The Saints led by 24 before halftime, and held off a long rally that brought Trinity to within 4.
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:04 am

Tuesday, November 7:

Non-Conference Opponents:
UM-Dearborn 68, Concordia 59. UM-D is 4-2. Next week they play Eastern Michigan and the Titans.

Other Games:
Nebraska 80, Northwood 62. Northwood went all the way to Lincoln for this exhibition, and hung with the Huskers for a half, 35-33, before fading after the break.
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Re: The Boblo Island Titan Preseason Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:57 pm

Wednesday, November 8:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Spring Arbor 63, Siena Heights 46. Siena Heights falls to 1-1. The Saints will play at Calihan on Thanksgiving weekend. Before then they'll play at Central Michigan and Western Michigan, so they'll be used to mid-major competition.
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