Tuesday, November 13, 2012

EWU Basketball Update: Don't Panic

Good Evening Eagle's Fans!  I've been a bit preoccupied the past few days with work, military drills and taking care of my wife, so I apologize for the lack of posts.  There are more posts coming, and soon, but I wanted to just quickly say a bit about the rather rough start for the Eagles so far.

Yes, the Eagles have started out with a pair of double digit defeats, and yes their next game is against a very talented and very experienced Saint Mary's team, but even if they go 0-3 to start the season, there is no reason to panic.  Previously I posted about the non-conference schedule and mentioned why its the conference games that matter most.  As of today the Eagles have as good a chance of winning the Big Sky Conference as anyone else.

This is a young team and only 7 of them have ever played together before, only three have played significant minutes together under this coaching staff.  This Eagles Squad represents players from three continents, three countries, four other colleges, seven states, fifteen different cities, and sixteen different high schools.  It is going to take some time for them to bring it all together.  Coach Hayford has repeatedly said that, "the hardest part about experience is getting it."  This squad may have a rough start, but they are getting experience playing together against top flight competition.

There are plenty of good signs as well, Justin Crosgile (#5) had a game leading 28 point effort in the first game and followed it up with 18 points against Cal State Northridge.  More importantly he took fewer shots, hit a higher percentage of them and had more assists as well.  That's improvement.  Against Washington State, Martin Seiferth (#12) played just 14 minutes due to 4 personal fouls and earned just 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 points; against Cal State Northridge he played 36 minutes netting 27 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and just 1 personal foul.  Freshman Venky Jois (#55) has 18 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks to go with 4 personal fouls (all in the Washington State game) in his first two starts.  Parker Kelly (#10), Collin Chiverton (#24) and Jeffrey Forbes (#22) have all played well below the level we saw last year and that is likely to change as the year goes on.  Kevin Winford (#23) looks confident and ready to be one of the Senior leaders for this team and Jordan Hickert (#25) looks like the same dangerous offensive threat we saw last season.

So don't panic, this team has 8* more games before the conference season and I for one expect them to keep getting better every game through out this season.

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*This post orignially indicated there were 9 non-conference games remaining.