Armstrong at Jefferson observations

Game 2 of the day was suppossed to take me and the basketblogger to Concordia for the Concordia/Mayer Lutheran game but that game was canceled. So we made an appearance at Jefferson. It's 11-10 Armstrong with 10 minutes to go in the 1st half, but a Marcus Alipate 3 starts a 7-0 Jefferson run over the next 4 minutes. Armstrong breaks the run at 4:30 to go. Its 18-15 with 1:05 to go in the half when Aaron Barmore hits 2 FTs. Armstrong plays for 1 shot but Ellis Libby picks the pocket of Damarius Cruz and goes the distance to just beat the buzzer for a 22-15 Jefferson lead at the half. Shots are not falling for anybody and I'm ready to take a nap.

The 1st 3:10 of the 2nd half is scoreless before Wes Hoefer gets a bucket a 14:50. Cruz hits a 3 and JD Robinson makes 1 of 2 FTs to pull Armstrong within 22-21 with 12:30 to go in the half. Jefferson still doesn't have a point in the half. Jefferson goes to an offensive lineup with Marcus Alipate and Chad Gilmer in for Nate Schlangen (who really struggled from the field in the game) and Anthony Howard. Finally Moses Alipate breaks the drought at 10:40 with a 3 and then Ellis Libby comes right back with another 3 and its 28-21 Jefferson with 10:18 to go. The lead feels like 20 though with the way the offenses in this game look. Libby adds on a layup witih 8:15 to go to complete a 8-0 Jaguar run. Armstrong breaks a 4 and a half minute drought of their own with a Hoefer 3 with 8 minutes to go. But Jefferson gets the 8 points before Cruz gets 5 in a row to make it 38-29 with 5:43 to go. But Armstrong only gets 2 points the rest of the way and the final is 45-31 Jefferson in one of the most boring games I've seen all year.

Jefferson gets 13 points from Moses Alipate and 14 from Aaron Barmore. Marcus Alipate with 4 and Ellis Libby with 7 and they were all clutch points. Jefferson did a nice job with their 2-3 zone and their man defenses. Armstrong was led by 10 points from Damarius Cruz. When they don't hit shots (and they didn't today), they can have real difficulty scoring. It'll be interesting to see how freshman Marquel Curtis develops for the Falcons over the next 3 years.


  1. Did marquel curtis play? if so how did he do? How good of a player do you think he is? And do you think he has the potential to be a college or even nba player?

  2. Yeah he did, nice player for a freshman. Good athleticsm and should develop nicely in that system. I can't say NBA, as to college anything can happen in 3 years.


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