Tuesday, January 23, 2007

58-56 Gaels; 2:51 remaining

30 second Timeout from Cooley after Rodriguez hits one-of-two. 58-56 Gaels.
A. Johnson just picked up his fourth foul on a questionable shot by Rodriguez.
A nice defensive stand started by a MVS steal leads to a fastbreak. Shake took it to the whole and was fouled. Shockingly, Shake missed both.
Peanut hits one of two from the line to even the game at 56-56.

56-55 Gaels @ 3:57
Van Schaick bobbles the pass and gives the ball back to Iona with 4 minutes on the clock.
On the other end, big man Anthony Bruin follows the Stags’ score with a quick drive and puts the Gaels back on top by one.
A.J. follows a Mamdou miss to give the Stags a 55-54 lead. Great effort under the glass.
Just like that – it’s down to one. The Gaels travel on offense and the Stags have some swagger and new life. 54-53 Gaels.
A “J.J. Redick-like” pump fake and three in a clutch spot by (you guessed it) Van Schaick keeps the Stags going. Turnover on the other end and here they come.
Han hits both freebies after a blocking foul (9 on the Gaels). If it wasn’t for the foul trouble the Stags might be in trouble, but at this point it’s aiding their comeback. Hey, they’ll take it.

54-48 Gaels at the timeout @ 7:33
Prodanovic hits an open three. The Gaels are not backing down. Let's see how the Stags can bounce back.
After a missed three-pointer from the Gaels, Fairfield gets another basket. Van Schaick got swat on his way in, but a fellow senior helps him out as Mamadou puts it in to make it 51-48 Gaels.
Make that 8 fouls - O'Sullivan goes to the line after falling/getting tripped off of a rebound on the defensive side of the ball. Marty hits both to help the Stags edge a little closer. 51-46 Stags.
Iona's already got 7 team fouls - Shake gets sent to the line and nails both to make it a seven point deficit.
After great D from Momadou, Van Schaick gets called on a soft foul on Clarke's put back. Clarke finishes the three-point play to make it 51-42 Iona @ 9:32.
Prodanovic puts in a fast break lay-in after a botched oop to Nero. Iona by 6.
46-42 Gaels; 11:57 in the 2nd (Unnecessary Media Timeout)
Breakway leads to a Clark dunk for Iona - followed by a carry on Van Schaick - followed by a travel on the Gaels. What a topsy turvy game.
Jon Han lands a breakway dunk on a Nero pass. Iona's turnovers continue to plague them. It's back to a one-point game @ 44-42 Gaels.

Mamadou gets a great look on a well-executed play down-low to make it a one-point game. The Gaels turn the ball over on the other end. Let's see if FU can capitalize.
Peanut's free throws put FU back on top 38-37, but the breakdown on D continues.

Fairfield has come out with a completee full court press - one that lead to a Rich Flemming steal and another to a Flemming block/fast break. We've seen bits and pieces of it in this game - looks like they're going with it for good. (Why don't they open the game with the full court press? They're certainly athletic enough and it's working thus far).
- Keith


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