Friday, November 22, 2013

We are witnessing the start of something special

Tonight the Eastern Washington Eagles men's basketball team crushed Boston University to move to 3-1 in non-conference play.  Head Coach Jim Hayford has used multiple line-ups through 4 games to really show off the depth and diversity of this squad.  Tonight it was the quickness and shooting range of Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic (#0), 14 points and 6 rebounds, the Freshman Forward from Serbia who presented a unique challenge for the Terriers, on Tuesday night it was the size and post play of Martin Seiferth (#12), 24 points and 18 rebounds, to dominate Walla Walla.

Listening to Coach Hayford's post-game interview one thing really stood out.  Going into halftime Boston's star guard DJ Irving, an All American pick last season, was killing EWU having shot 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from 3pt range and 2-2 from the FT line along with a steal for 9 total points.  In locker room at halftime Coach Hayford told his team that they needed to slow him down.  This is when Junior Guard Parker Kelly (#10), 7 points 5 rebounds and just 1 foul, told his Coach that Irving would not get another shot.  Throughout the second half Parker Kelly blanketed the All-American guard and Irving would go 0-6 from the field with 1 rebound, 1 turnover and a pair of personal fouls for the half.

That is the stuff of legends, and we haven't even touched on Drew Brandon (#22) the Junior Guard, who led the Eagles with a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) and an even more impressive 7 assists to just 10 shots and 4 turnovers, that is careful, unselfish basketball embodied in a stat line.  And we'd be remiss to not mention Tyler Harvey (#1) and his 21 points and 5 rebounds or Venky Jois (#55) and his 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

This team is getting it done in a variety of ways and on both ends of the court.  But the best thing about it so far, there are no seniors and just four juniors on this roster.  We are looking at the start of something very special indeed.  GoEags!

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