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Observations on games 1 and 2

November 12th, 2012

Two games, Two wins. No Surprise.

The basketball Bows won their games Friday and Sunday fairly easily, as expected. Houston Baptist, tonight at 11, should be more of a test.

Friday night, the Bows dominated the boards allowing the team to run the break. The transition game looked solid behind Fotu's 15 rebounds and Hans' 24 points. 9 assists from Tavita overcame 21 team turnovers, some during garbage time with the second teamers almost losing a big lead.

Sunday was a different style of game with the Bows having to play alot of half court offense. Solid three point shooting ( 11-24), an effective zone defense, and Vander's domination of the paint in only 19 points led to a 27 point win. Jace had 10 assists, but 6 turnovers, (the team had 17), Fotu's game was not up to his initial performance, and there was a clear lack of a solid backup point-guard.

Standhardinger had two solid performances. Brereton is averaging 20 points per game and i believe he is the most important weapon from the perimeter on this team and will need to score 15 plus points everygame. As advertised, the frontcourt is going to be very good ( just wait till Fotu developes his offensive game), but the backcourt will have its isuues, especially if Tavita gets into foul trouble, or gets injured.

But all in all, two solid performances against weak opponents. Tonight will tell us more about where this team is early in the season, and Friday night's game against an Illinois team picked 10th in the Big Ten ( 12 teams) will be the real early season indicator of how good this team can be.

Houston Baptist is quick and athletic. They love to press and will run ten guys at you. They have an uptempo offense and some skilled players. Like UH, they have won both their games this weekend. They present a match up problem in the back-court, but I expect the Rainbow Warriors to dominate the game inside. The team will need to do a better job of protecting the basketball however. The big question , playing at 11 pm, is which team handles the late starting time better. The crowd should be relatively small, but very loud with students permitted to sit courtside. I love it

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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