Great 1st week! We traveled to the Fighting Icyballs of Nome and beat them 58-50. Our C, Ted Day, had 15, 12, PG Kori Ellis had 16, 4, 5, and SG Mo Ladd had 17, 2, 2. Chaz Sork had 9 and 8 at PF. Del Lee didn’t do much at SF but he played good D. Same can be said for the bench. +7 RBs but 15 TOs. We know TOs are an area that needs work.
Then we beat Virginia here, 82-59. Day had 30, 9, 2, Del Lee had a great game, 13 and 10, our other starters all put up numbers, and our bench also contributed. 10 TOs, 32 RBs.
All 6 recruits sign the LOI.
2 top 25 teams at home this week.
2 close games. We beat Oregon 58-56. 16, 4, 6, with 3 steals for Kori, and 18, 5, 1 for Ted. Stan Haze had 8, 4, 4 from the bench. Del Lee had 10 RBs. 16 TOs though.
Then we lost 74-77 in OT to UNLV. It was close all the way but they hammered us on the boards, 41-30, and their bench scored 31 to our 15. 17, 5, 6 for Kori, 18 and 5 for Mo Ladd, 9, 8, 2 for Ted.
After 4 games we’re 3-1, +7.5 PPG, +0.8 RBPG, even on TOs. Center Ted Day and PG Kori Ellis are leading us on O.
Away at Marquette and Wash. ST this week.
Papa Joe and Lili are beginning the Feed the Hungry project here in the U. S., and in Thailand. Our people are organizing volunteer campaigns.. We’ve started soup kitchens wherever we can find a space to house one and the people to operate it. The kitchens try to provide 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. We operate independently for many reasons, chief of which is that we want nothing to do with providing meals at the cost of people being subject to propaganda, either religious or political. We will accept donations and volunteers from any source but anyone found to be distributing anything but totally neutral, informative literature, or found to be espousing political or religious views at our facilities is immediately banned for life. Some existing food kitchens have chosen to close in order to join with us. Others have remained open because their purpose is to promote their views. The same policies hold in Thailand, as they will wherever else we go. This will undoubtedly keep us out of some countries and/or communities.
The campaign for donations and volunteers has been very extensive and quite successful. We simply cannot provide all of the personnel we need and all of the funds required. We provide the supervisory personnel- above local facility management in most cases, in an advisory capacity, and provide the funds we can. In cases of extreme need we provide all necessary funds. Of course a hungry person is in extreme need by definition.
One and one week, which I’ll take. Marquette crushed us 41-63. We shot 24.6%, 15.4% from long range. Not one player in double figures. We had only 7 TOs but were -16 on the boards. The D wasn’t bad, really, but you need to hit shots.
We beat Wash. ST 72-63. 15, 11, 3 for Ted, 14, 6, 5 for Kori. Chaz had 10 and 9 and the bench contributed. My only major complaint? 16 TOs again. I like to average below 12.0 and we’re at 13.2 right now.
This week Georgetown at home and #21 Mississippi ST on the road.
Another 1-1 week. We squeaked out a 2 point win over Georgetown, 82-80 in OT. This one was a battle from start to finish. We forced OT when Mo Ladd hit a 3 with under a second to go, and won in OT when Mo hit another one with about 1.5 to go. Kori had 23, 3, 6, Mo 19, 3, 5, Del Lee 13, 4, 3, Ted and Chaz had 9 each, and Stan Haze had 7 from the bench. 11 TOs, but -7 on the boards.
#21 MS ST beat us by 13, 54-67. They were the better team and led most of the way. 11 TOs again. We’re really making progress in that area right now, but -6 in rebounds. 16 each for Kori and Ted but everyone else was pretty much handcuffed- the rest of the lineup shot 6-29., 3-14 from long range.
We’re 5-3. Given the level of competition, and that it’s my first year here, that isn’t bad.
Only one game this week. We’re at Latrobe State. They’re 3-3.
As the weather gets colder in much of the U. S., Papa Joe and Lili are considering providing homeless shelters. The difficulty is that they don’t want to dilute their efforts at feeding hungry people. At this point they are advertising to people who have closed homeless shelters to join with them, asking that they consider providing shelter for the homeless, whether just a bed or two, or an entire facility. They’ve taken on an enormous project.
Papa Joe says he feels they are doing really well in urban areas, but they need to get into suburban and rural areas where the hungry people are more spread out and harder to reach. The goal has been to end hunger in the U. S. and Thailand within three years, while expanding to other countries as rapidly as possible.
We have capped Lili’s working time to 8 hours a day (although we know she sneaks more work time in). What she is doing is enormously educational in countless ways.
Papa Joe sets aside 3 hours per day for “family time” and spends the rest of his waking hours working.
71-61 win at Latrobe ST. Only +2 RBs but we won this one inside. Ted had 17, 9, 2, 8 and 8 for Del, and 13, 3 for Chaz, plus 7 for Jim Brow from the bench. The guards were fine, 17 for Kori, but this was fought and won in the paint. 14 TOs, our worst in a few games.
#3 LSU is here this week. Then we head for the JAG Holiday.
A very frustrating 1-1 week. In my most satisfying victory in the short time I’ve been here we beat #3 LSU 66-54. We won this one on D, holding them to 26.3%, 19.2% from long range. We were +5 in RBs, and only -1 in TOs. As big a factor as the D was the bench. Stan Haze had 11, 3, 2, Jim Brow had 8 and 6. Ted Day fouled out in only 22 minutes but he had 15 and 7; Brow was outstanding stepping in for him. Kori had 7, 3, 4 and also fouled out, in 27 minutes; Stan Haze was excellent in his spot. 10, 7 for Chaz, 10, 5, 3 for Mo. It was a VERY satisfying win.
Then we went to the JAG tourney and played our 3rd OT game of the young season, losing to Sam Louis 74-75. They were up 19 in early in the second half and we came all the way back, hitting a 3 at the buzzer in regulation by Mo to send it to OT. Unfortunately, Chaz missed an 8 footer at the end of OT that would have given us the win.
We close pre-conf. play at 7-4, which is very good, all in all. I’d like to have those 2 OT losses in the win column but we did well and we got to know each other. We’re in a tough conference but I think we’ll be okay. We start at always tough Memphis. They’re not having one of their better years but they’re still tough.
January 1, 2014
Memphis beat us but it was close, 57-62. Ted had 15, 11, 4, Mo 11, 3, 2. -6 TOs but +6 RBs. 11 threes is probably what sank us. The overall D was good but 57 points won’t get the job done.
This week we host SMU and travel to Winthrop. Neither will be easy but we really think both are winnable.
Papa Joe says an enormous number of people were fed on XMas day and throughout the week. He feels that Feed the Hungry is making a very big difference already.
A 2 win week to put us at 2-1 in conf. 9 TOs and +1 RBs against SMU, 70-41. We were on fire for most of the night, shooting 53.3%. 16, 4, 4 for Mo, 14 each for Ted and Kori, 12 for Chaz, 9 for Del.
Then we went to 10-4 Winthrop and beat them by 11, 82-71. It was an offensive, sloppy game but we had the edge after the first few minutes. 24, 4, 6 for Kori, 20 for Mo, 13 and 10 for Ted. We had 17 TOs but they had 19. This 2 win week should be a confidence builder.
Coming up are 6-8, 0-3 SO. FL at home, and 9-5, 1-2 Central FL there.
Disappointed with a 1-1 week. We beat So FL by 9 here. We played good D and we took care of the ball, more or less- 13 TOs (+8). But we were -4 on the boards, which is getting to be an issue. No one had a huge offensive game but all 7 who played contributed.
Then we went to Central FL and got beat up, 43-60. 43 won’t get you many wins. We shot 31%, 21% from long range. Ted had 12, 11, 3, but no one else did much.We were about even in TOs and RBs.
There are so many things to work on: we need to score more points. We need to rebound better. We could have better shot selection. We don’t always get out on the outside shooter. Oh well, one day at a time.
Coming up are 10-6, 4-1 Tulsa, here, and 0-16, 0-5 GA Southern there. The Tulsa game will be a challenge, they’re really playing well. Few things scare me as much as playing away with a team that hasn’t won yet. They’re going to win one sometime and it’s easy to feel too cocky and give them that opportunity.
Another 1-1 week. It could easily have been 2-0 or 0-2. Tulsa beat us here 50-53. Once again we were awful on O, shooting 33.3%, 2-17 on threes. +6 on TOs, -7 on RBs. 14, 9, 3 for Ted, but not much else.
We beat GA Southern but barely, 76-71. We shot well, 26-46, but had 18 TOS (so did they). Mo Ladd had 15, 2, 5, hitting 5 of 9 threes; the rest of the team was 2-9 on threes. Chaz had 16, Del had 13 and 7, and our 2 subs, Brow and Haze, had 10 each.
We’re holding our own in conf. play, but barely. Coming up are #24 Cincinnati, 14-5, 6-1, at home, and then UConn, 11-8, 4-3 there. Tough week!
Still another 1-1 week but given the competition I suppose that’s not so bad. We beat #24 Cincinnati here, 78-62. Our guards really did the job, 19, 6, 6 for Kori, 20, 2, 5 for Mo. 12 and 16 for Ted, our besting rebounding performance by anyone all season. Del had 10 and 8. I was very happy with 6 TOs and 39 RBs. I was pretty happy in general. We played really well.
Then we went to UConn and got hammered, 51-77. -2 TOs and +2 RBs, but when we lose it’s because we shoot terribly, and 14-53, 2-20 long range pretty much defines shooting poorly. Some of it was good D, some of it was poor shot selection, all of it was painful to watch. Our starting guards shot 2-19! Ted had 20 and 12, Chaz 13 and 5, and everyone else mailed it in.
We’re 12-8, 5-4, tied for 5th place but only a game from 4th and 2 games from the top. A little consistency is badly needed.
12-8, 5-4 Houston is here to start the week, and then we travel to 7-13, 3-6 Tulane. We desperately need a 2 win week.
All 6 recruits hit our SAT score. We’re looking at 4 more recruits in case a spot or 2 opens up on our roster in April.
Kori Ellis is #16 on the Norton list.