UNCA (men’s and women’s) has strung three victories together and is looking to make it four as the men take on Siena tomorrow (11/20) at 2pm. In the meantime, I thought it best to go ahead and post on those three victories.
Even though USC Upstate is less than an hour away, I had to take in this 73-57 victory from my home, and a quality victory it was.
UNC Asheville began with David Robertson finding his stroke by shooting back to back three’s. However, the whole team changed course and strolled through the freezer section the rest of the half, shooting only 29%. USC Upstate plays a solid squad including a stout, almost seven-footer by the name of Buchanan. His presence, along with the hot hand of USCU’s Deion Holmes, kept UNC Asheville away from the lead until the second half when things took a favorable turn. With fouls stacking up, Buchanan was relegated to the bench, Deion Holmes got cold, and our own Macio Teague found his shot, finishing the game 4-5 from distance, 6-7 from the field with all points coming in the second half. More importantly, the team finished the second half shooting 68%. A come from behind victory against a good team always proves helpful this early in the season. Add to that Teague’s success with the ball and Giacomo Zilli’s second game back, and, hopefully, UNCA is starting to carve out a groove.
Also, a useful reminder: be careful when you only read headlines. Or write them.
Macio Teague. We’re glad your here.
Ahmad Thomas. He again filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
Raekwon Miller. Six assists in 20 minutes, even with only two points, is a nice stat to see.
Kevin Vannatta. Poor guy. Over the past two games, Vannatta has shot 0-13 and scored only one free throw, which happened against USCU. Let’s hope the cheers of the home crowd melt the ice accumulating on his hands.
The Bulldogs romped their way through the bottom half of the SoCon with wins over UNCG (77-63) and WCU (62-53). Unfortunately, I missed the UNCG game as I didn’t know UNCG livestreamed the game on Youtube. However, whether it was the free t-shirts or the community rallying around a worthy team, I can’t say, but I’m happy I was part of the great crowd at last night’s WCU game at Kimmel.
A hot start got the Bulldogs to a 19-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, though being there, the lead felt larger than the actual. UNCA’s oustanding first-half defense forced Western into a shotclock violation and two 5-second calls. However, WCU’s defense took hold slowing our offensive production, causing turnovers in press situations, and taking advantage of sloppy play by capitalizing on three consecutive turnovers for six points in the closing minutes of the 2nd quarter. The trends held steady until the deadball, foulfest that is the final minutes of a close game. UNCA tightened up and claimed the victory despite a scary moment for KJ Weaver, who returned to the game about three minutes after the injury stop.
Chatori Major. In the 1st quarter, I think the second possession, she had a great eurostep move. Hope to see more of that in her drives.
Sonora Dengokl. As a 5’9″ guard, her rebounding effort (five in 21 minutes) was tremendous on a night where the shots just weren’t falling. A great example of not letting your shot dictate the rest of your game.
Zip Scott. In a tight 3rd quarter, the 5’4″ Zip, got a rebound and, in a struggling possession, pushed UNCA further ahead with a shotclock-beating three.
Hope to see everyone tomorrow!