Flyers Roll in First Half, Get Sloppy in Second
by William Hans
Most informed college basketball fans will remember the name of
Harold Arceneaux. He was the Weber State player who scored 36 points
to help his team shock North Carolina in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Monday night he led the Coaches vs. Cancer All-stars into the UD Arena
to play the Dayton Flyers.
While Arceneaux did lead the C vs. C with 13 points the real story
came from Dayton's first half dominance. In the first half, Mark
Jones led the Flyers with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting including 3 of
5 from 3. Keith Waleskowski had a double-double in the first half
with 11 points and 13 rebounds. As a team the Flyers shot 21-33 for
64% and 7-15 behind the 3-point line for 47%. To round out the first
half scoring, Monty Scott had 7. Sean Finn had 6. Ramod Marshall had
7. Warren Williams had 6, and James Cripe had 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1
assist and 1 block in just 7 minutes of play. The half-time score was
Dayton 54, Coaches vs. Cancer 23.
Good defense is nothing new to the Flyers, but neither is letting
down in the second half. With Dayton leading by 31 at the half, the
outcome of the game was all but decided. Harold Arceneaux scored 9 of
his 13 in the second half as C. vs. C. tried to make up the deficit.
The Flyers defense looked a little tired and had a hard time keeping
this team of ex-college stars from making the game interesting.
Dayton's offense looked almost as tired as the defense but in the
Flyers' defense, Coach Gregory was trying a lot of different
combinations for different situations, running younger player in with
the veterans to see what would work.
My pick for Monday night's Player of the Game: Keith Waleskowski
who finished with 18 points and 19 boards.
All in all it was a good exhibition game for what it was. We
found out that this team can shoot the rock. We found out that this
team can play big time defense. We also found out that as the game
goes on this team gets tired. Coach Gregory came away with his first
win as a head coach and has some positives to build on, but he has
seen some things that need to be addressed for the next game. Friday
the Flyers take on an EA Sports traveling team at the Arena.