NU had Adamson’s number the entire game. The only time Adamson was competitive was in the first half of the first quarter. After the five minute mark, the Falcons played with lead boots on.
The fourth quarter run the Falcons made was too little too late as they were already down by 30. The fact that they only scored two in the 2nd quarter didn’t help them either. NU was just too well equipped for the hapless Falcons that it was like watching a seniors vs juniors game.
Review of the Keys to the Game
HIT THE THREE
The three-ball became the only shot they could even attempt. The Falcons hit only five of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc with no help coming from their usual suspects. Don Trollano shot them in the foot time and time again with some ill-advised long ranged shots as he made none of them while Jansen Rios made only one of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. The Falcons only got reprieve from long range when Matthew Aquino, Joseph Nalos and Cristian Garcia went on the late game run to push them within 20.
Without the three-ball, the Falcons were dead on the water, unable to run any kind of offensive rhythm as was the extreme case of that two-point quarter. Time and time again, Trollano ended up chucking up the long bomb or driving it to the paint only to get swatted by the waiting weak side defender.
From there, things started to snowball and even their inside shots weren’t hitting the mark anymore.
GET TO THE LINE
The Falcons only got to the line 14 times this game, a meager number in comparison to NU’s 23 attempts at the line. Despite going hard to the basket, the Falcons were met with weakside help swatting their shots away. This allowed perimeter defenders to loosen up and rely on the bigs, lessening the tendency to get called for fouls.
PREVENT OFFENSIVE BOARDS
NU nearly doubled AdU’s rebounding output, grabbing 63 to Adamson’s 34 boards. This was a result of a lack of height and also the fact that the Falcons zones too much. The 2-3 zone tends to allow more offensive rebounds because players aren’t matched up against their assignments. This lets the offensive player slip through the cracks and grab the offensive board.
This game is a clear example of controlling the boards and controlling the game.
The Falcons need to realize that they have to play like that fourth quarter for 40 minutes. They can’t score on the half court sets, but they have the pieces to pressure the ball and run.