Sunday, December 1, 2013

Observations: Charlotte 49ers 77, UNC Asheville 56

Observations from the 49ers' 77-56 victory Sunday against UNC Asheville:

-- The victory came against the backdrop of the sight of point guard Pierria Henry being carried off the floor by teammates Willie Clayton and Shawn Lester after Henry banged knees with a Bulldogs player late in the game. Coach Alan Major wouldn't speculate on the nature or severity of the injury, except that Henry will see a doctor Monday morning.

-- The 49ers got some serious firepower out of their shooting guards, with Ben Cherry, Shawn Lester and Denzel Ingram going a combined 8-of-15 from 3-point range. Ingram (4 of 5, 14 points) provided the spark in the first half, Lester (2 of 5, 16 points) lit the fire in the second half. Cherry, who was 0 for 9 from behind the arc through Charlotte's first three games, is 11 of 17 since.

-- 49ers big men Clayton (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Mike Thorne (12, 9) got lots of compliments from UNC Asheville coach Nick McDevitt, who said they were as tough and athletic a pair as his team has played, and the Bulldogs have played Duke and Kentucky.

-- The game got off to a rough start for 49ers guard Terrence Williams. He said something that referee Ted Valentine didn't like and got a technical.

-- The 49ers had a relatively rare good night on turnovers-assists ratio (16 to 11). Before he left the game, Henry was struggling offensively (1 of 9 from the field, 2 points), but he had 7 rebounds, 8 assists and just 1 turnover). He didn't have a steal, which is a rarity, as well.

-- Wednesday's game with Davidson might be played without the teams' stars, depending on Henry's injury and the status of Wildcats forward De'Mon Brooks, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury.


Anonymous said...

Alan Major is on a mission to get the "Lowest Season Attendance at Halton" Trophy.

He was so close last year... HE WILL NO BE DENIED!!!

Anonymous said...

Ted "TV" Valentine - what a jerk of a ref...

Anonymous said...

Hey, remember how abrasive some of our more important fans treated the rest of the fanbase/former coaches/former players? 'Winning changes everything', they said. 'Attendance will go up', they said

Now they mad. They real mad.

Anonymous said...

Crickets. We are of no relevance anymore.