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ZagNative
11-02-2009, 10:13 PM
From the Spokesman Review, Jim Meehan's Blog (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/nov/02/zags-roll-past-alberta-exhibition/):
Gonzaga sophomore center Robert Sacre’s point guard in high school was on the opposing team. One of Sacre’s coaches in Canada, Greg Francis, was calling plays on the opposite bench. GU freshman wing Manny Arop estimated he knew 10 of University of Alberta’s players from his days north of the border. Two were teammates on Canada’s junior national team.

“I think I played against three of those guys and (Alberta’s) Scott (Leigh) helped us win a provincial championship,” Sacre said. “I played for Coach Francis on many national team things. It was weird, but it was great.”
Gonzaga’s newcomers all contributed. The 6-foot-5 Arop had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Elias Harris, after a scoreless first half, scored nine points in the second half to go with five rebounds. G.J. Vilarino scored six points and his three assists tied Arop for team-high honors. Kelly Olynyk, one of four GU players with Canadian ties, made 3 of 4 shots and finished with seven points.

“It’s important everyone has their assignments and role on the team,” Arop said. “You have to take that to heart because your teammates are trusting you. That’s going to make us a better team with everyone doing their job.”
Few was pleased with the newcomers.

“Some of them stepped up very well,” Few said. “Kelly played on a sprained ankle and I thought that showed some toughness. The freshmen were a pleasant surprise with how they handled everything.”Read the rest of Jim's blog here (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/nov/02/zags-roll-past-alberta-exhibition/).

Zerogame
11-03-2009, 04:03 AM
Kelly was hurt! You wouldn't know it from his play. I think that qualifies as being, "Zag tough" that some on this board felt was missing last year.

What do you do now coach? These new kids came to play. I think at any one time this year you could see 4 freshman on the floor in the heat of a game.

FuManShoes
11-03-2009, 05:55 AM
http://www.krem.com/sports/college/New-look-Zags-thunder-past-Alberta-in-exhibition-68828317.html

CanadianZagFan
11-03-2009, 07:37 AM
http://www.krem.com/sports/college/New-look-Zags-thunder-past-Alberta-in-exhibition-68828317.html

Thanks for the link!

Big Rob with the steal and push for the dunk, nice!

ZagNative
11-03-2009, 04:11 PM
Check out the photo album as well as the U of A game story in the GU Bulletin (http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/sports/zags-finish-off-alberta-tune-up-for-season-play-1.858277):Interesting comments by Matty ...
The rebounding numbers alone go a long way in demonstrating one of the most promising signs for the Zags this year: potential in the frontcourt.

“In the second half we did a better job, we got them the ball and they were finishing,” Few said of his team’s post play.

Junior center Rob Sacre, playing his first game in the Kennel since his freshman year after missing all but five games last year from a broken fifth metatarsal, looked fluid and agile, scoring 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a shot in 11 minutes.

“I felt really good, it was great to get back into my game, and get back in the Kennel,” he said. “The old Rob is back, 100 percent.”

Added Bouldin: It’s been a long time since I’ve played with a big guy who wants to stay in the post and control it like he does, and that helps us out a lot.”

Six-foot, 9-inch freshman Sam Dower looked overwhelmed on his first possession, nearly throwing one into the backcourt, put quickly proved he wasn’t to be rattled. Dower hit a step-back jumper on the next possession and followed it up with a two-handed tip slam off of an Elias Harris miss. Dower finished with 15 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes.

Freshman Kelly Olynyk showed off a soft touch inside and outside, finishing with seven points and couple of nice assists to Bouldin. Redshirt freshman Andy Poling added seven points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes.

“Our big men are just really skilled,” Bouldin said. “Whether it’s Rob inside, Kelly going inside and outside or Sam lighting it up. We have a lot of weapons.”

As much as there were signs of promise, Gonzaga’s only exhibition game showed off points of concern as well. The Bulldogs are athletic, long and scrappy, but defensive rotations, particularly secondary rotations after cutting off penetration, allowed several open shots for Alberta, which raises concerns going into games against top-tier teams such as Michigan State.

BobZag
11-03-2009, 04:15 PM
Well done by Jim.

MickMick
11-03-2009, 04:25 PM
Matt tells it like it is.....again.

Quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite players. It's your team and your last season here Matt.

Give em hell!

ZagNative
11-03-2009, 07:13 PM
Lots of good stuff in JM's Blog posted this afternoon (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/nov/03/day-after-alberta/). Thank you so much, Jim! Some things I liked:
—Talked briefly with Bol Kong and he said he expects to be on the court again by today or Wednesday. He’s been sidelined by an ankle injury.
—Sacre, held without a field goal in the Kraziness in the Kennel scrimmage, was 4 of 5 against Alberta and also got to the foul line six times.

“My thing wasn’t about points,” Sacre said. “We needed to get the ball inside and I needed to do what the coach wanted me to do – be a banger and go inside and get the shots up. If I’m close to the basket, that ball needs to be up in the hoop.”

Sacre is a tad thinner than last season. He weighs 247 pounds, same as his listed weight of a year ago, but he acknowledged that he was up to 265 or so when his foot was in a walking boot and he kept up his weight-training program.

“I just lifted, even if I couldn’t walk,” he said. “I feel a lot stronger and more agile now.”
Read the rest of Jim's Blog here (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/nov/03/day-after-alberta/) for other good stuff.

zagirl2k
11-03-2009, 09:08 PM
My favorite:


One of the coolest sights of the night was from the Stockton clan seated several rows up from the scorer’s table. John’s wife, Nada, was filming David during pre-game warm-ups and she snapped pictures on her cell phone camera of her son during the game.

still just a mom watching her baby in his first D1 action

MEZAG
11-03-2009, 10:24 PM
Something I noticed watching David move around the perimeter with the ball, he has the identical mechanics of pops. Not sure if he will grow into the same mechanical package that pops had, but boy is it intriguing.
One other thing, and I will probably get smacked down for this, I have only vocalized this to my wife as I thought most sports guys would call me a quack, but has anyone else seen a similarity between Manny and a young MJ?