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Griz loss to Davidson could prove costly

Griz loss to Davidson could prove costly
Posted by admin on 24 Feb 2013 | Uncategorized

Davidson 93, Montana 87 OT

Star of the game: Kareem Jamar. Montana’s junior play-maker scored a career-high 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds and seven assists. His free throws with 18 seconds to play in regulation sent the game to overtime. He scored Montana’s first nine points of the extra session and had the Griz within a bucket, 87-85, with 2:20 to play.

“It was a great effort, the second half especially,” Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said. “Don’t get me wrong, I want to emphasize how proud of our guys we are for their effort on the road under some extreme adversity.”

Injuries mount

The Griz were without leading scorer Mathias Ward for Saturday’s game. Ward sprained the arch in one of his feet during the game at Idaho State. Tinkle said in a pregame interview on KGVO radio that Ward might possibly be able to return by the Grizzlies’ final two home games of the season, March 7 and 9 against Sac State and Northern Arizona. His loss was felt particularly in the first half when Davidson’s Jake Cohen scored 25 of his 28 points.

Then with 4:40 to play, Will Cherry came up lame. He spent the rest of the game on the bench with ice on his right foot, the same one he broke back in September. He said after the game that it feels the same as it did when he broke it during a pick-up game.

“That’s what he says, but obviously we won’t know anything until we get an X-ray,” Tinkle said. “He said it feels the same, but who knows? Obviously, if that’s true, it’s not a good thing.”

Especially not with road games at Montana State and Southern Utah looming on the horizon. The Griz, who hold a one-game lead over Weber State in the Big Sky standings, will probably need to win their remaining four league games in order to host the postseason tournament for the second straight season.

“We have some concerns moving forward, with both Will’s and Mathias’ injuries,” Tinkle said. “The rest of the guys are going to have to step up. The guys who didn’t play too smart are going to have to play smarter. The guys who didn’t play tough are going to have to play tougher. If our guys can commit to that then we can continue to build and finish this thing off right.”

Tournament-like atmosphere

Tinkle was very impressed with the intense atmosphere inside the nearly sold-out Belk Arena.

“It was awesome,” Tinkle said. “Hat’s off to these folks at Davidson, and I’m not just talking about the college, but the community. Every one of them, darn near, welcomed us as we walked in. On the way off the floor, they were telling all our players and staff, ‘Boy, great team, great effort.’ The fans are loud and into it, but very respectful. Incredible atmosphere.”

 

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4 Comments

  1. Geoffrey Birnbaum

    That was a great college basketball game. Too bad the Griz didn’t get a win but they sure showed why they are a winning team and that Wayne, his staff and his players are winners. I was proud of the way they competed and held themselves high from start to finish.

  2. Jeff Borchers

    Awesome game played in a tough atmosphere, strong coaching shined through in the second half. Given two of the best palyers were sitting on the bench and still forcing overtime speaks volumes about the grissley’s depth and strong recruiting class. Well done coach Tinks and supporting cast!

  3. Jeff Borchers

    Grizzley players, oops, still early, more coffee please!

  4. grizzer

    We need to win ! Close isn’t good enough anymore. Let’s start seeing Martin hit the weights and be the tough sob that Krysko was . We need big kids that want to be great. We have the swing man 6-6 covered . You can’t teach height . We have players like Cherry that would have set every assist record in the Big Sky with a talented big man. Tinkle put it altogether with a roster that can go to the Ncaa’s and be more than a first round exit.

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