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Post by PilotNut on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:04 am

Pilots Hold off Lions in Double OT Thriller

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots and Loyola Marymount Lions needed two extra periods to determine Thursday nightís West Coast Conference matchup on ESPN2. Portland escaped with a 79-78 victory before a vocal crowd of 1,979 that were biting fingernails from start-to-finish. Senior forward Luke Sikma led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Pilots.

Sikma scored six points in the second overtime and the Pilots made 7-of-10 free throws in the period to jump out to a five point lead. Junior Drew Viney would bank in a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to cut the deficit to 76-75 and Pilot freshman Tim Douglas made one of two free throws to give the Pilots a two point lead. Viney again got a good look at a corner three with seven seconds on the clock, but missed long and Jared Stohl buried two free throws with five seconds remaining to make it a two possession game. LMU freshman Anthony Ireland hit a three at the buzzer for the final margin.

Portland (13-4, 1-1 WCC) appeared to have the game in hand late in regulation with a seven point lead and 2:56 remaining. The Pilots committed some key turnovers late that allowed the Lions (8-9, 1-2) a chance to win. Up five with the ball and 52 seconds remaining, the Pilots fumbled the ball out of bounds and Ireland made two free throws to cut the deficit to three. Another Portland giveaway led to two more free throws by Vernon Teel with 34 seconds left.

The Pilots missed the front end of a one-and-one and after Sikma block Teelís layup out of bounds with six ticks remaining, the Lions called timeout. Viney came off of a screen and buried a corner three-pointer to put LMU up 60-58 with three seconds remaining. Sikma quickly grabbed the ball and launched a pass to Jared Stohl at the top of the key. Stohl took one dribble and was steamrolled as he attempted a 17-footer with two ticks on the clock. He buried both free throws and Irelandís desperation half court heave was off to send the game to overtime.

Ireland hit a clutch pull-up three-pointer with 47 seconds left in the first OT to give LMU a 65-64 lead, but Sikma answered with a turnaround jumper at the other end with 27 seconds remaining. Redshirt freshman Edgar Garibay made one-of-two free throws with 19 seconds left to tie the score and Douglas missed a runner just before the buzzer to send it to the second OT.

In addition to his seventh double-double of the season, Sikma dished out four assists along with two steals and two blocked shots. Senior center Kramer Knutson added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Stohl and Nemanja Mitrovic chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Viney scored a team-high 24 for the Lions, who were held to 37 percent shooting for the game, including 7-of-32 in the second half. Portland struggled to 41 percent shooting for the game.

The Lions led by as much as nine points late in the first period before the Pilots mounted a surge and cut the margin to 30-26 at the half. Portland blitzed LMU early in the second half and led by as much as 10 points at the 10:58 mark.

Portland improved to 9-0 this season at the Chiles Center and will look to make it 10 when they host the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Pilot Box Office 90 minutes prior to tip-off.


Newspaper Box Score
Loyola Marymount vs Portland
01/13/11 8:00 PM at Portland, Ore. {Chiles Center}
At Portland, Ore. {Chiles Center}
PORTLAND 79, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 78

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (8-9 (1-2 WCC))
VINEY, Drew 9-23 3-3 24; IRELAND, Anthony 5-11 3-3 15; GARIBAY, Edgar 3-5
4-6 10; DAVIS, Larry 3-8 0-0 8; EGBEYEMI, Ayodeji 2-4 0-0 6; TEEL, Vernon
0-10 6-8 6; HAMILTON, Ashley 2-7 1-2 5; OKONJI, Godwin 2-3 0-1 4. Totals
26-71 17-23 78.

PORTLAND (13-4 (1-1 WCC))
SIKMA, Luke 9-17 5-5 24; STOHL, Jared 2-8 9-10 15; MITROVIC, Nemanja 5-14
0-0 14; KNUTSON, Kramer 6-11 0-0 12; DOUGLAS, Tim 2-5 4-6 8; RODGERS,
Derrick 1-1 0-0 2; NICHOLAS, Ryan 0-1 2-2 2; BARKER, Riley 1-1 0-3 2;
HANNIBAL, Jasonn 0-0 0-0 0; RILEY, Tanner 0-1 0-0 0; WATERFORD, Eric 0-4 0-1
0. Totals 26-63 20-27 79.

Loyola Marymount.............. 30 30 6 12 - 78
Portland...................... 26 34 6 13 - 79

3-point goals--Loyola Marymount 9-27 (VINEY, Drew 3-8; DAVIS, Larry 2-4;
IRELAND, Anthony 2-7; EGBEYEMI, Ayodeji 2-4; HAMILTON, Ashley 0-1; TEEL,
Vernon 0-3), Portland 7-22 (MITROVIC, Nemanja 4-11; STOHL, Jared 2-6; SIKMA,
Luke 1-1; RILEY, Tanner 0-1; WATERFORD, Eric 0-3). Fouled out--Loyola
Marymount-TEEL, Vernon, Portland-None. Rebounds--Loyola Marymount 45 (TEEL,
Vernon 11), Portland 40 (SIKMA, Luke 10). Assists--Loyola Marymount 15
(TEEL, Vernon 5), Portland 18 (DOUGLAS, Tim 4; MITROVIC, Nemanja 4; SIKMA,
Luke 4). Total fouls--Loyola Marymount 24, Portland 18. Technical
fouls--Loyola Marymount-TEEL, Vernon; TEAM, Portland-None. A-1979

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:11 am

We NEED to work on our inbounds plays - I know this is along the same line as pressure defense but it has been a problem for a while.

I'd like to see more screen for our shooters. Jared/Nem get the ball on the arc but can't create enough space on their own to get a shot off. Screens should be the answer, right?

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:23 am

ShipstadPilot11 wrote:We NEED to work on our inbounds plays - I know this is along the same line as pressure defense but it has been a problem for a while.

I'd like to see more screen for our shooters. Jared/Nem get the ball on the arc but can't create enough space on their own to get a shot off. Screens should be the answer, right?

I agree 100% that setting more picks and screens for our shooters and pick and roll plays for the big men would pay huge dividends for a high basketball IQ team like ours... That's the only tiny little criticism I could put on Rev's shoulders because I think he's an amazing coach. I think that having more of these plays like these would help us because:

1) Jared/Nem would have more time and space to get their shots off.
2) It would help to negate the effects of our lack of length at the guard positions because opposing teams would have to fight through those screens.
3) The pick and roll would also open up some lanes for guys like Sikma to cut to the basket.


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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:43 am

We gave Gonzaga a LOT of open 3's because we went under screens instead of fighting to get over the top. If people did that to our shooters they would make them pay as well!

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by up7587 on Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:01 pm

Stonehouse wrote:One other thing to note though... twice we rushed shots when we didn't need to after the refs had re-set the shot clock. Once, Eric took a bad shot and missed, the other time we got lucky and Jared buried a very deep three. All's well that ends well, I suppose, but really... we shouldn't make those types of mistakes. I realize part of the problem is that the refs kept stopping the game and messing with the shot clock, but sheesh - we're a veteran team and should know better.
Yes, that was very strange. Everyone spent time resetting the shot clock, and then the players didn't know! Ref seemed to act like that was on Coach, but the players were on the floor when it reset. Usually the PA guys says something about a shot clock reset, but not that time. Not sure who gets fault for that. I was flabbergasted when I saw they were going to rush up a shot! Shocked

Stonehouse wrote:And it's probably worth noting that Jared has been mired what's likely his worst shooting slump since the Portland State game. If he knocks down shots like he normally does, we don't even go to OT against LMU.
We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by blacksheep on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:28 pm

up7587 wrote:We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


I think we need a little bit of perspective. The 10th place career Pilot in 3P% is some guy by the name of Pooh Jeter (anyone know what ever happened to that kid). His percentage was .373. Jared's "slump" is just .048 less than the 10th best Pilot ever in 3P%. I say keep feeding Jared the ball. cheers


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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by VillaGorilla on Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:56 pm

blacksheep wrote:
up7587 wrote:We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


I think we need a little bit of perspective. The 10th place career Pilot in 3P% is some guy by the name of Pooh Jeter (anyone know what ever happened to that kid). His percentage was .373. Jared's "slump" is just .048 less than the 10th best Pilot ever in 3P%. I say keep feeding Jared the ball. cheers


Right on. Even with this slump, he's top 20 all time in career 3P%.

Also, on the deep shot he forced, the shot clock did not reset (although it should have after the ball glanced off the rim).

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by Rochin54 on Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:00 pm

VillaGorilla wrote:
blacksheep wrote:
up7587 wrote:We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


I think we need a little bit of perspective. The 10th place career Pilot in 3P% is some guy by the name of Pooh Jeter (anyone know what ever happened to that kid). His percentage was .373. Jared's "slump" is just .048 less than the 10th best Pilot ever in 3P%. I say keep feeding Jared the ball. cheers


Right on. Even with this slump, he's top 20 all time in career 3P%.

Also, on the deep shot he forced, the shot clock did not reset (although it should have after the ball glanced off the rim).

And who cares anyways, it was a good shot. He was open, it was in his range. Shoot it!

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:33 pm

Rochin54 wrote:
VillaGorilla wrote:
blacksheep wrote:
up7587 wrote:We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


I think we need a little bit of perspective. The 10th place career Pilot in 3P% is some guy by the name of Pooh Jeter (anyone know what ever happened to that kid). His percentage was .373. Jared's "slump" is just .048 less than the 10th best Pilot ever in 3P%. I say keep feeding Jared the ball. cheers


Right on. Even with this slump, he's top 20 all time in career 3P%.

Also, on the deep shot he forced, the shot clock did not reset (although it should have after the ball glanced off the rim).

And who cares anyways, it was a good shot. He was open, it was in his range. Shoot it!

Why not set some screens for him to free him up? Stohl and Mitrovic deserve that.

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:33 pm

Rochin54 wrote:
VillaGorilla wrote:
blacksheep wrote:
up7587 wrote:We haven't talked about this much, but this is a slump for Jared like we have never seen. Over the last six games, which included a 7-8 (2-3) performance against BSU, he is shooting 21-58 (0.362) on FGs, with 13-40 (0.325) on 3P shots. That is 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure on FG's and 15 percentage points lower on threes. Amazingly, his points per shot YTD is the same as last year's total. He started this year on fire, and that makes this recent slump so startling. One of his shots last night was almost ugly enough to look like something I'd do! Then he immediately followed it up with the rushed extra deep make. I don't know the solution, so I hope that the coaches do. There are too many times right now if Luke and Nem are not on the floor that I look and wonder where we are going to get some points.


I think we need a little bit of perspective. The 10th place career Pilot in 3P% is some guy by the name of Pooh Jeter (anyone know what ever happened to that kid). His percentage was .373. Jared's "slump" is just .048 less than the 10th best Pilot ever in 3P%. I say keep feeding Jared the ball. cheers


Right on. Even with this slump, he's top 20 all time in career 3P%.

Also, on the deep shot he forced, the shot clock did not reset (although it should have after the ball glanced off the rim).

And who cares anyways, it was a good shot. He was open, it was in his range. Shoot it!
The trail official saw it hit and was signaling for the clock to reset. If we had gotten a shot clock violation they would have fixed it and given the ball back to the Pilots. Wouldn't have even needed to check the replay.

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:04 am

Rob's Jacket wrote:
purplepride13 wrote:they weren't going to let this one slip away.

Despite their best efforts ... Shocked

I'd also like to bring up the question of why Waterford was ballhandling when LMU obviously needed to foul near the end of regulation. There were four really good free throw shooters on the floor at that time - everyone except Waterford. Only two things worry me about this team: pressure defense, and protecting a late lead. They were pretty bad at both last night, and they're going to get spanked in Los Angeles if things don't get sorted out.

That said, a win is a win is a win.

Even 77 yr old grandpa (who played 6 man
hs football back back in in the late forty's, reference for Geez & other sports historians) has noticed excessive dribbling lately....while he screams at Mesa "look at the other team and their crisp,accurate passing,we are dribbling the ball way to much......".

RJ, what kills me is "Jacks Son's" (ok that reference drives me insane) inbound passing sometimes...UP big men sometimes throw those little weak lob passes.....but all was forgotten with that last 3/4 court bullet down the court to Stohl at the end of the game while LMU stood admired Viney's game winning shot.

Have the valium, pepto bismo, rolaids handy this year guys with your favorite adult beverage because I believe were in for a few more if these close WCC GAMES this year....and I love it, remember the before REV DAYS when the PILOT games usually ended in loss....

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:18 am

Unfortunately, Sikma is probably always going to have the "Jack's son" label, Mesa. In the WCC Live interview, he said that he really didn't mind it. On the one hand, yes, it gets old...but, on the other hand, having that kind of a bloodline can get you noticed at every level. I think that Luke realizes that, and he takes the good with the bad.

When you read the website review, it's a lot easier to take the positives of this game:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2011/1/14/MBB_0114110828.aspx?path=mbball

Yes, it was close and there were turnovers, but, the game was a thriller and Sikma had a huge game on the stat sheet: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Not bad for a day at the office.

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by up7587 on Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:16 am

The lob inbound passes must be a coached strategy. That is how the team sets up. But a tall athletic defender can disrupt that play; we've had several near steals. Luke must be the designated inbounder, but in situations where the opponent is going to foul, I'd like to see the pass come in to our best FT shooters. And I consider Luke one of them.

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:12 am

I think I noticed that Luke is the inbounder when the ball is on the end line and Nem did it on the sidelines. Perhaps the extra height....

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by up7587 on Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:34 am

Yeah, I thought of that. But for a lob pass, the height of the passer doesn't seem that critical. The most important attributes for inbounding are the ability to stay calm and be decisive. Perhaps that is where Luke stands out.

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Re: LMU @ Portland, Thursday 8pm

Post by VillaGorilla on Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:45 pm

onetouchfutbol wrote:Sikma had a huge game on the stat sheet: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Not bad for a day at the office.

And about four charges taken.

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