Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spartans 88, Mocs 84

The Mocs lost another disappointing game to the Spartans on Sunday afternoon. The Mocs controlled the boards, but simply could not make enough shots and could not play good enough defense against the Spartans.

The good news for the Mocs is that they played significantly harder than they did against Georgia Southern on Thursday night. They looked much better. It simply did not work out for the Mocs on Sunday.

The Spartans were desperate to come up with a win against a SoCon team that had received a bye. They finally got it. It was their first of the year and they earned it.

The referees, as seem to be commonplace in games that UNCG participate in, called a remarkable 57 fouls. The two teams combined for 77 free throws. Casey Jones fouled out, TJ Williams and Lance Stokes each picked up four fouls. Martynas Bareika and Rico White each picked up three. It was brutal.

Jones scored 21 points with 11 rebounds. He was a monster again. Jones has truly turned into one of the most underrated players in the SoCon. He will almost certainly be one of the keys to the Mocs success in the SoCon Tournament. Z Mason made just 3 of 15 from the floor, but still managed to score 19 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks.

The Mocs still have a chance to get well this week. They need to get the two or three seed, and to pull that off, they need to win out. If they can't win out, they will need some help. They can get that help, but need to get things off to a good start.

The Mocs knocked down 75.6% from the free throw line. That was very important for the Mocs. The Mocs need to continue shooting well from the charity stripe. That will be important down the stretch.

The Spartans shot the ball well from three point range, and continue to clog the paint on Z Mason. If the Mocs start shooting the ball better, they will have a chance to start winning again. The Mocs also need to find a way to slow down the opposing three point shooters. It had been working out for the Mocs, but failed to happen in this one.

They fought hard in this one all the way until the bitter end. Who knows what the future holds for the Mocs? They need to get back to work and really prepare for a battle against Western Carolina. Thursday will be huge.


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