Sunday, September 6, 2009

Oh Canada! St. John's Sweeps Through Montreal

Red Storm Takes a Heady Nightcap
After beating the McGill University Redmen 90-55 in the afternoon, the Red Storm swept across the city of Montreal to dismantle the Citadins of Le Universite de Quebec a Montreal (the Urbans of UQAM) 104-62, in an evening matchup. The games were played in quarters of 10 minutes each and the Johnnies won each quarter, often by a healthy margin. Unlike their afternoon tilt against McGill, the Red Storm pushed right ahead right out of the gate, scoring 27 points in the first 10 minutes to take an 11 point lead at the 1st break. They padded that margin by another 11 points in the 2nd quarter to take a lead of 22 points, 55-33 into the locker room at the intermission. The Urbans rallied in the 3rd quarter to stem the runaway margin, but still lost the quarter by a point. And the Johnnies closed out the affair by trouncing the Urbans by a whopping 19 point margin in the 4th quarter. The final damage, a winning margin of +42. Coach Roberts started transfers Justin Brownlee and Dwight Hardy, alongside the freshmen Omari Lawrence and Malik Stith. Junior Sean Evans took the 5th starter spot (he came off the bench against McGill in the afternoon game). Like the afternoon tilt, the staff went eleven deep into the bench (Justin Burrell sat), giving eight players double digit minutes (consistent with an exhibition game against, say, a DII opponent). After going through box score posted on the St. John's web site all I can say is if, as I suggested in the earlier post, the UQAM team was the better competition in the Montreal swing, then the Johnnies "played up" to the competition...

St. John's80.1129.863.441.416.232.454.86.21.27

This was not quite the street ball pace of the afternoon game, and the team's offensive & defensive ratings appear to reflect a more structured approach to the offense and defense. St. John's, as they did versus McGill, maintained the dominent edge on the defensive boards, but against the Urbans, they also presented a strong presence on the offensive boards. The Johnnies' eFG% (63.4) was outstanding, reflecting a much better conversion rate from beyond the arc (46.2%). Several players (notably DJ Kennedy -- see below) contributed to the strong showing on the offensive boards. As for the players' stats...


The offensive fireworks produced a number of distorted Offensive Ratings and PPWS's. Dwight Hardy and DJ Kennedy powered the offense, posting some outstanding numbers (note their ORtgs and eFG%s). Lawrence, Boothe and Evans got to the virtually at will, getting to the line more and once per 2 field goal attempts. For Boothe it was a 3 for 4 exhange, suggesting the Urbans might have had problems with his speed. Brownlee and Evans were not as prolific, but clearly Quebec had problems containing them (note their outstanding eFG%'s).

The Johnnies are trailing the Carleton Ravens by 4 at the half in a much tougher game than Saturday. The Ravens will be the best opponent they face on the tour.

Carleton Update -- Post Game
In what is their most impressive win of the tour so far, the Johnnies beat the Ravens by 17, 71-54, storming back from a 4 point half time deficit, they outscored the Raven by 21 in the 2nd half.

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