All photos in today’s post courtesy of Shawn Madeiros. Follow him @shawnmeds.
Every time I leave Worcester I feel lucky to be alive and so should the Minutemen. After a way-too-close-for-comfort game vs Holy Cross, our Minutemen were able to escape Massachusetts’ 2nd biggest and 3rd scariest city with a W this weekend. It wasn’t always pretty, and there were some cringeworthy moments for sure, but a win is a win is a win.
- First thought: the DCU center is a concrete maze.
- Pro tip: if you have to suffer through a game in Worcester you need to hit up The Armsby Abbey as the UMBR crew did – fantastic beer choices and even better food choices. A diamond in the rough for sure.
- I heard this Holy Cross matchup should have been an open-and-shut game so to speak – but boy it was NOT. The Minutemen seemed to be struggling at key points during games
- A major piece this team is missing is leadership, especially out of the back court
- Holloway: Major kudos for the big off-season weight loss, but it seems no quickness or coordination was gained.
- On the other hand, once that kid gets the ball he can usually finish from inside the paint. A definite positive considering the small-ish team we have this season.
- Seth Berger: What. A. Dude. So much basketball IQ in that young blood – he can get himself in the right spots inside the key, pulled down solid rebounds, and was a real hype factor for the boys.
- Breadcrumbs Baldwin: I see a lot of potential in Breadcrumbs. Didn’t have significant minutes v. Holy Cross, but when he was on the court he definitely made his presence known. Maybe a bit more confidence is needed offensively, but we should be seeing some great things out of this local in the future.
- A game to forget for Jarreau. Let’s pretend it never happened.
- Ticky tack fouls take so much away from the game. It is painful to watch and even more so when the Minutemen are on the receiving end of these calls. Let ’em play ref!
- Donte Clark continues to be a head scratcher. He makes some very pretty shots but I continually find myself cringing every time he launches a 3 from the parking lot or chucks a floater off the side of the backboard (early season favorite for worst shot of the year award).
- Also Donte, since I know you are reading, what was the deal towards the end of the 2nd half when you tried to start beef with the Holy Cross dude. You’re a junior, you should know better. I admire the fire and passion but only a matter of time before the Ron Artest in you comes out and we have a Malice at the Mullins on our hands.
- The lineup of Jarreau, Pipkins, Clark, Berger, and Holloway looked really solid offensively. The guards could push the tempo but were also able to get passes inside to Berger and Holloway to break up the zone in the half court.
- Some not-so-great Minutemen Moments: Real talk, what is with the overhead lob? I’m all for a solid cross-court pass, but our boys seem to think you can do so by just slowly throwing the ball in the air and hoping a teammate catches it. This doesn’t work – which was visible in the 23 (yes, 23) turnovers.
UMBR Game Ball
Clearly to Seth – 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 monster dunk – This kid could be a real team leader this season.
UMBR Dunce Cap
Everyone who threw a lob pass. Nobody’s safe. #stopthelob
Next Victim: Harvard
The Minutemen head back to Amherst for a quick post-Thanksgiving turnaround game against the Crimson. Harvard is 1-1 on the year with a loss to the always-tough Stanford team and a win against a non-D1 school. They matchup against Holy Cross themselves tonight.
Fun Fact: As Harvard will never let you forget, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. In fact, 7 of the 8 Ivy League schools were founded before the American Revolution. The only exception? Cornell, which was founded in 1865, over two centuries behind the ball.