One fans perspective on the AFA win over CSU 67-58 in The Chamber at Clune arena
Congrats to our Air Force Falcons on having the longest current home court
winning streak in the nation. I applaud our players, coaching staff and
fans throughout that 30 game winning streak. Our next huge chance to continue
the streak is over a week away...but before that we have a tough road trip to
UNLV and TCU.
Tonight's game was a hard fought battle against an underrated CSU Ram team. Colorado State gave it their all and had a game plan that would make us work hard for the win. Kudos to them as individuals and as a team....they were playing to win until the final buzzer.
Our Falcons came to play tonight and displayed another gutsy show for the sellout crowd of 5858 fans that crowded into Clune Arena (aka THE CHAMBER)...fans young and old, Section 8 members and Friends of Air Force basketball members that yelled their heads off in support of our Falcons.
We all said our team needed to come out strong and fast out of the gate...and they did just that. It was nice to begin a game with a lead...then neck and neck for a while before we took our first big lead....versus playing from behind as we have in several games of late! The intensity showed from the beginning tip-off when Jason Smith seemed to have gotten the initial tip-off in favor of the Rams when Tim Anderson stole the ball in mid-air. It set the tone for the guys and continued with our play against an overplaying man-to-man defense that CSU played the majority of the first half. Nick took command of the lane driving several times hard to the bucket...resulting in layups, a chance at FT's, and fouls on CSU's big men. Other backdoor cuts followed thanks to the overplay of CSU. The overplay also resulted in close coverage on our three shooters and 3 for 12 3pt shooting in the first half. In the second half CSU played mostly zone....sagging on the inside and denying the lane to a large degree....got to give our guys credit...they dug down and found the long shots...going 7 for 12 (58%) on 3's. Successfully broke CSU'S press throughout the 2nd half and had great ball movement and quick passing. Only downside of the offense was 3 or 4 unforced turnovers based on bad passes (aided by the quickness of CSU's guards).
The player of the game was: The Falcon Defense. It was a tough, bang up night where our guys battled the bigs of Smith and Creason all night long. Nick scored only 1 point in the second half...but he was battling the big guys all night. Actually, Nick, Jake and John were exceptional in their aggressiveness and physical play vs. CSU's bigs. While trying to limit Smith to his 'average' ppg...the defense smothered his teammates. Creason fouled out w/ 2 pts. and Smith and Lewis were held to 5/16 FG's. The old adage held true...one man cannot beat a team!
Tim Anderson...like the paper said last week...the glue that helps hold it together. Fantastic on defense, good passing and shots when needed!
Danny...came on strong in the second half. Shot 10 shots total during the game, all 3's, and made 5!! Many were clutch shots with time running out.
Matt...even with a twisted ankle was the General on the court. 2 timely three's when needed and a gutsy steal and shot for 2 in the second half.
Jake...a horse on defense and smart kick-out passes to assist on several key series. An NBA 3 to keep us going when CSU tried to make a run!
Nick...can't say much more than 'Wow'. The aggressiveness is becoming more evident each game. Got into some foul trouble...but that's versus the big guys and is to be expected to a degree.
Bench: John...a key spark in place of Nick and gave their big guys something different to think about. John had a nice dunk then got fouled and hurt the psyche of CSU!! Smith stood there and had a 'surprised' look on his face. Henke, Anwar and Adam Hood...key minutes!!! Anwar's swat of the ball knocking it out of bounds prior to the end of the 1st half stopped CSU from going to the locker room on a high note!
Another good game. Not complete in all areas, but versus the competitors we were against, it was a great, solid win. A lot to be learned from this game and the experience gained vs. these guys and Utah will help us in our three games to come.
Section 8...keep on keeping on!! You were key players in the this game!!!
Let go to Vegas!!! Beat the Rebels
ltcpilot is an avid Air Force basketball fan and a regular at AFAFalcons.com.
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Next game is CSU at The Chamber (Clune Arena), Sat, 17 Feb 07 at 3:30 pm (MT). TV: the mtn..