Saturday, November 17, 2012

Observations from Lamar

Observations from Charlotte's 70-49 victory Saturday over Lamar:

-- The 21-point winning margin isn't the largest in coach Alan Major's two-plus seasons at Charlotte. What is? Answer below.

-- Ten 49ers played at least 10 minutes. It's hard to sort out what the best combinations are going to be right now, with DeMario Mayfield playing for the first time Saturday and so many freshmen  making a big difference. This much is obvious: freshmen forwards Darion Clark and Willie Clayton provide athleticism and energy -- not to mention basketball skills -- that this program has been lacking in recent seasons. And Denzel Ingram might have the outside shooting touch that hasn't been there.

Major's task is to fit those pieces together with a proven star in Chris Braswell, a solid point guard in Pierria Henry and another energy guy in Mayfield. And veteran J.T. Thompson is also going to be in the rotation. Terrence Williams looks like he'll be a reliable scorer in the 12-14 point range, although E. Victor Nickerson still seems to be forcing things offensively.

-- It also looks like redshirt freshman center Mike Thorne will soon be a very nice player. He's got a nice touch around the basket. Major is working him in gradually.

-- The good news: Freshman guard Denzel Ingram was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. The bad news: The rest of the team was zero for 13.

-- Here's Lamar coach Pat Knight's take on the 49ers:
"I don't want to put any pressure on him, but Braswell is an NBA caliber kid. If he keeps working and getting better, he brings so much to the table. They're so big. That Clayton kid, he can post up. They move the ball well and have good spacing. They pretty much have a motion offense going, so they don't run sets that are easy to guard, with guys going from point a to b to c. From a guarding standpoint, they were hard, the way they space and post you up. They're going to cause a lot of people problems. And I was impressed with their defense. They really get after you man to man."

-- Answer to above question: Davidson last season, 84-61.


Anonymous said...

Good game by the Niners tonight but we have to start rebounding better. We were outrebounded by a team much shorter than us. Defense played great. 3-0 is a great start.

Clint said...

after the Davidson win last yr, ADs were tweeting the Niners are back

Anonymous said...

3-0. Moving in the right direction. The more we win, the more people will show up to the games.


Freedom Huggins said...

We'll get there. Like what I'm seeing so far.