Sunday, October 24, 2010

News and Notes: Weekend Wrap-Up

Below, some news and notes from the weekend...
  • The Albany Times Union writes, "In less than three weeks, the University at Albany men's basketball team will get a chance to see if they are better than last year. On Friday night, three weeks before the Great Danes open the season with a home game against Cornell (which made it to the Sweet 16 a year ago), coach Will Brown's team made their first official appearance at SEFCU Arena. The team's annual Purple-Gold scrimmage drew a crowd of about 300."
  • writes about Boston College, "New head coach Steve Donahue takes over at Boston College this season. Donahue led Cornell to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament, and he’s had the Big Red as the king of the Ivy League over the past decade." writes of Wisconsin, "The former No. 4 ranked Wisconsin Badgers endured a disappointing second round exit from the NCAA tournament last season, after they fell to the No. 12 Cornell Big Red."
  • Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal provides the following notes from the Red-White game on Saturday...
Chris Wroblewski missed Saturday's Red-White with a broken bone in his nose, courtesy of an incedental elbow from Josh Figini in Friday's practice. Don't know yet how long he'll be out, or if he'll have to wear one of those face masks when he returns. But he had a nice shiner at the Scrimmage yesterday, and rode the bike a bit next to Aaron Osgood.

Pete McMillan (concussion) and Dominic Scelfo (knee) also didn't play. Here's how the teams were broken up:
Red: Figini, Andrew Ferry, Jake Matthews, Errick Peck, Anthony Gatlin, Johnathan Gray and Manny Sahota; coached by new assistant Mike Blaine and third assistant Ricky Yahn.
White: Mark Coury, Adam Wire, Max Groebe, Miles Asafo-Adjei, Eitan Chemerinski, Dwight Tarwater and (walk-on) Jamal Cherry; coached by top assistant Marlon Sears.

White team won, 69-65.

Slope TV Take-Aways from Game

1. Max Groebe and Errick Peck stole the show. Groebe showed his ability to be a lights out shooter with a quick trigger who can hit from anywhere on the court. Groebe duplicated if not surpassed his performance from the Red-White game 2 years ago, however, now with Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, Geoff Reeves, and co. gone, Groebe will now have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on this team. The second half was the Errick Peck show. Peck is starting to become the player everyone thinks he can be. Peck showed his versatility and his ability to get to the basket at will. Coast-to-coast, off the dribble…it didn’t matter, Peck just got it done. With Cornell searching for scoring options, I think this can really be a breakout season for Peck and I am really excited to see him mature throughout it.

2. Big men’s ability to step away from the basket. We saw a lot of this last year with Jon Jaques playing the 4. Looks like it’s going to continue this season. The Bigs, for the most part, looked comfortable handling the ball three-point line extended and Adam Wire, Josh Figini, and Dwight Tarwater all connected from long range in this one. Mark Coury and Anthony Gatlin also showed a mid-range game. Would have liked to see some of the bigs playing more with their back to the basket, but I guess I will hold my judgement there until I see Aaron Osgood in uniform.

3. I thought Jake Matthews played a very nice game. He made up for his lack of size with toughness, especially on the defensive end. Miles Asafo-Adjei never looked completely comfortable at the point guard position and that is not a knock on Miles, but more a testimony to the suffocating defense that Matthews played.

  • In alumni news, Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico) is averaging 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds through 15 games. John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France) finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds as Stasbourg was crushed 80-59 on October 23 vs. Le Mans. Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal) finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists on October 23 in an 81-80 win over Academica. Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany), finished with 6 points in just 8 minutes in a 95-73 loss on October 23 to Ratiopharm. Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy) scored 12 points on October 24 vs. Aget IMOLA in a 76-70 loss (see the above photos from the game). Wittman was 1/5 from beyond the arc and collected 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Also in action on Sunday, Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv) faced former Cornell teammate, Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon) in Israel Winners League action. Maccabi prevailed 104-87 Jaques played 11 minutes, finishing 2/2 from the floor for 4 points and 1 rebound. Foote did not see any time in the game.


The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We had to delete certain portions of an improper comment by made a reader.

Below is the permitted portion:

"Wasn't Rob Belcore... who said upon his commitment to Penn, 'I'm going to be dancing for four straight years!'

Penn, aside from their point guard, is a bunch of no-talent .... And the Penn fan alumni base is still living in the 1970s."

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Belcore did make a very similar quote and proclaimed he'd win the Ivy title each year.