UM teams struggle to close out games

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UM teams struggle to close out games

Postby mainejeff » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:20 pm

This has always been a universal theme with Black Bear teams but the last 3 days have been particularly frustrating. The Toledo (WBB), Vermont (MIH), and Fordham (MBB) game outcomes were major disappointments considering that Maine lead late in all 3 games.
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Re: UM teams struggle to close out games

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:33 pm

mainejeff wrote:This has always been a universal theme with Black Bear teams but the last 3 days have been particularly frustrating. The Toledo (WBB), Vermont (MIH), and Fordham (MBB) game outcomes were major disappointments considering that Maine lead late in all 3 games.


mainejeff: Who was Vermont (MIH)? Please explain? No need to I just figured it out Maine Men's Ice Hockey

Losing leads in basketball (don't know a thing about Ice Hockey except it is cold in the places where they play) usually is determined by offenses having poor selection because of no set continuity sets which allows the players to decide who shoots, where they shoot from and when they shoot. Or other bad basketball decisions by playing the game from the shoulders down and not from the shoulders up.
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Re: UM teams struggle to close out games

Postby MaineBBFan99 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:57 am

Interesting topic, and it prompted me to re-watch the last four minutes of the Maine women's game against Toledo on Thursday (Maine was up by 10 at this point) to see what they could have done better to close out the game. On the positive side, Maine committed zero turnovers and generally exhibited a patience on offense that is necessary during such "time and score" situations. The only shot I wasn't thrilled with was Brosseau's up and under 12-footer that resulted in an airball. On the negative side, Maine shot a combined 2-6 from the free throw line down the stretch. Also, there were a couple of lapses on defense - Wadling losing sight of her player during the in bounds play that resulted in her fifth foul; a complete defensive breakdown on the last possession that allowed Toledo's guard to drive 94 feet for a relatively easy lay-up to send the game into OT.

So in terms of performance down the stretch, some positives and some areas for improvement. The important thing is that Maine applies the lessons learned during this game to its much more important conference games.
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