Air Force - Cable Car Classic Champs

After shaking the weariness from their game in Thursday night's win over George Washington, the Falcons were sharp from the tip in their 78-48 whipping of Santa Clara to win the tournament. Stalagian shares his post-game thoughts with us about the Falcons efforts in winning this tournament.

The Stalagian Report:
Serious fan thoughts on The Air Force Falcon's 78-48 trouncing of  the Santa Clara Broncos in the championship game of the Cable Car Classic basketball tournament held at Santa Clara U.

JB takes MVP honors (AP-photo)

Balance and precision were tonight's keywords. The Falcons treated yet another quality team to a clinic in ball movement, teamwork, and precision shooting. This game was never in doubt as the Birds jumped out early, shooting 12 of 19 from beyond the arc in the first half.  Five different players hit 3's in that stretch, led by Andrew Henke's triple. Andrew had all of his 13 pts in the first half and played near error-free ball. He was later awarded the tourney "6th Man" award for his performance. Team - indv awards

The Falcons deservedly swept the post-game awards, with Jacob Burtschi being named MVP, Danny Nwaelele named Outstanding Sportsman, and Matt McCraw joining Danny and Jake on the all-tourney team.

Santa Clara's only successes came with a few threes, a campground set up in the key by their slow men, and lots of holding fouls. Seriously, this game wasn't as closeSC big man (AP photo) as the score indicated. The refs refused to call 3 seconds and that led to half of their points from tip-ins and layups. Can't believe these guys are 10-5.

I won't discuss individuals in this report--no need to reiterate their great TEAM performance. Rather, I'd like to discuss Coach Bz's (Jeff Bzdelik) teaching. He put Adam Hood in earlier than I've seen him play--in the first half. Coach focused ALLBz coaching and teaching     (AP photo) of his energy on Adam. His whole energy went into teaching him through every possession--very impressive.  He won't be able to do that during the conference schedule, so he took full advantage of this last "tune-up." Later in the 2nd half, he did the sane for a 5 minute stretch with Andrew. Mrs. Stalagian is a teacher and she REALLY loved watching a master teacher in action.

Lastly, let me compliment the cadets, family, and other AFA supporters who came out to the games. We easily out-shouted the Santa Clara fans tonight, especially during a repeat of last night's AIR - FORCE chant. Every 1st half Bronco possession was greeted with chants of Deee--Fense! Many locals commented on how impressed they were with our turnout. The SC fans were quite polite and respectful, too, with most staying until the end for the awards ceremony. They may not invite us back, but we appreciated their hospitality!

Heading to CSU
The team is now staying in the Bat Area for rest and practice until 1 Jan. From there, they'll fly to Denver for a day's practice at the Pepsi Center and then directly to CSU for the conference opener. The Stalagians will be making the road-trip to Sheep-land (Colorado State) and hope to see many of you there, too!

Great Trip
We've got another 90 minutes of driving ahead of us back to Sonoma. Tomorrow, we attack the Russian River Valley in search of more healthy red fruit beverages. It's been a tiring, but productive trip in all respects. We also return to the land of snow and mountains in New Years, but on 31 Dec we'll certainly hoist a glass or two of sparkling beverage to the high flying birds, hopeful of a great kickoff to the MWC season!

Stalagian Out!

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The Falcons meet the Colorado State Rams at 6:30 pm (MT), Wed, 3 Jan 07.

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