By Jamie Kohn and BIll Roveto
It was been a CRAZY two weeks since we last blogged. After that one, at which point we stood at 2-1, we played six games in less than two weeks!
It started with back-to-back non-conference games vs. The College of New Jersey and Conn. College. We did not play our best ball against TCNJ but came out with a victory, and then had to turn around quickly, because we knew we needed a better effort to beat Conn. It was a hard-fought game that, once again, went into overtime (for the third straight year, I believe). Like last year, we pulled it together and played some of our best ball in the overtime, winning 71-61.
After this we had three practices dedicated to the huge task at hand, namely the first LEC game at Rhode Island College on Saturday. Dec. 4. Both teams were pumped and ready for battle when Saturday came around, and it proved to be a defensive battle as the first half ended with a score of 19-17. We were able to get going more offensively in the second half and took an eight-point lead, but RIC was able to come back and tie it in the last few minutes, setting up a half-court shot that went for them at the buzzer to give them the three-point victory. Needless to say, it was an extremely tough loss, given the magnitude of this game and how hard we had worked to try and beat this team.
Well, no matter how much we were down after that loss, we had to somehow regroup and move on to focus on the next game. We are convinced that we will learn from this and turn things around the next time we play RIC, and we showed our resilience by coming back and posting two convincing non-league victories with a blow-out of Suffolk and a win over a good Endicott team. Then came a huge game against Plymouth State - both of us started 0-1 in the league and one of us would drop to 0-2 after this game, which is a tough position to be in. We made sure not to put ourselves in that position by grabbing a lead and holding on to it this time, even expanding it in the end to come out with the 82-65 win.
Well, overall it was a fun but tough stretch and we certainly had to endure some adversity, but we came out looking strong with a 7-2 overall record, 1-1 in the LEC, and riding a three-game winning streak into the break.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas - on the next update, we will be telling you about our time in CALIFORNIA after Christmas!!
Talk to you then!
Jamie and Bill