Wednesday, 25 January 2012

@ Kfar Saba

My first game with the new team was an away game in  Kfar Saba which is right next to Hod Hasharon. Kfar Saba is 13th in the league at 3-11 or something like that. The game was pretty up and down and the foreign big man for them, Marshall Moses, was killing is. He finished the first half with 25 points. I got into the game with a couple minutes left in the first quarter and didnt do much. In the second quarter I started to settle in and scored a  couple baskets. We made a run and went up 4 or 5 but then had some lapses and gave back the lead, heading into the half down 5. Second half we came out really well and took the lead. For the rest of the half it was back and forth although we were usually winning. Nearing the end of the fourth we were up 6 or 7 but a string of bad plays brought the game to within one point. With around 30 seconds on the clock we had the ball on the offensive end and were playing keep away when our 4 man took, and made, a three pointer from the corner with 5 seconds left. However, the refs ruled it a 2 putting us up only 3 points instead of 4. Obviously  very significant bc now the game could be tied with a 3. We wanted to foul as soon as the ball was inbounded so as not to give them a chance to tie the game. So one of our Israeli guards, Allen, fouled the foreigner guard on Kfar Saba, Erick McCollum, as he caught the ball. McCollum tried to draw the foul by "shooting" it right away... and incredible the refs gave him the call. He went to the line, made the first two, but missed the third. In the ensuing mess it appeared that a Kfar Saba player jumped from behind our 4 man and tipped the ball out of bounds... but again the refs gave the call to KS and gave them back the ball. With 4 seconds remaining they in bounded the ball to my man, Moses, who tried to drive before taking a step back jumper from 18ft.... and making it for the win. Bad loss seeing as theyre so low in the standings. And we definitely threw the game away with some bad decisions and turnovers.

Personally, it was good to be back playing in a game and contributing. I've got about 30 scratches from the game all over me and a couple bruises. I played alright, probably logged about 20 minutes. 4/4 with 8 points, a couple rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover. The team is in 7th place right now so we have to bounce back next week. Probably going to be a rouuuugh practice tomorrow

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