"It's All About The Game"
Up Tempo-ed Stags win the day
Ron Bailey, Publisher
DeMatha speeds up the game for a V.
February 1, 2014 - During the first half of Thursday's DeMatha at Ireton tilt, the home standing Cardinals were able to establish a tempo to their liking- one in which their 'Syracuse' style 2-3 zone with its narrow guard alignment created stops - after which Ireton came down and hit shots in either half or scatter court settings. During the latter, Ireton still had a measured pace.
DeMatha for its part played a lot of zone itself in the first half. Following intermission, things changed as it went exclusively man, even employing some diamond press and run and jump action. The end result was a 51-48 Stag, road win.
Brock Ruble going up through contact.
"We just tried to speed up the game" said DeMatha's head coach Mike Jones of the adjustment. "Ireton makes every game a grind, especially here, and they are so disciplined. We wanted to change the tempo. Maybe we should have done it in the first half, but we came out with a win".
A prime example was junior point guard Terrell Allen's steal and subsequent fast break layup with 4:50 remaining in regulation. Allen jumped a ball handler, and scored, tying the game at 44. Later two three balls, one by senior Corey Henson, the other via sophomore guard Reggie Gardner, Jr., both out of the scatter court pretty much sealed the deal.
DeMatha was led in scoring by senior center Brock Ruble's 12 points. Henson logged 10 points, while nine were supplied by both sophomore forward Joe Hampton and Allen. Darren Harvey, a freshman wing player, accounted for eight points.
Ireton's Big Two, seniors Dan Noe and Pat Moseh scored 24 and 18 points, respectively. The former shot from outside, sometimes out of a box set, while Moseh primarily attacked the tin.
"They sped us up. It definitely wasn't our pace" remarked Moseh. "It's on the seniors (specifically himself, Noe and center Jamie Senft), not the freshman. We have to lead".
Ireton , now 13-8 and 4-7 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference travels to St. John's, February fourth. DeMatha (18-2, 9-2) next plays Westchester in California. The Stags are third in the league, Ireton stands sixth.
Brock Ruble, 6'9", 320 pound senior center, DeMatha (MD) - Ruble, headed to Florida State on a football scholarship next year, bangs down low where he is a presence. The FSU offensive lineman has pretty quick feet in a small area, as well as solid hands.
On the hardwood, Ruble bemoaned his basketball conditioning, acknowledging finishing problems late in the game. On the gridiron, he laughed and identified "Everything" when asked for points of needed improvement. "I'm going down to the National Champions".
Of playing for the Seminoles, he said "I can't wait". Expect him in Tallahassee, Florida mid-June, and competing for possible playing time.
"The coaches said they are not that deep, that's why they are trying to sign all these guys" he shared. Resultantly, Ruble thinks a redshirt could be avoided, if he makes the two deep.
Joe Hampton, 6'7", 247 pound sophomore forward, DeMatha (MD) - According to Hampton he's received offers from Penn State, Xavier and DePaul", while the likes of Syracuse, Maryland, Georgetown, FSU and Kansas.
Hampton excels at mid-range shots, and is working hard on going to the rim. He admits his going towards the rim, back to the basket game is a ork in progress, but that has improved.
Pat Moseh, 6'5", 215 pound senior forward, Ireton (VA) - Headed toward Wheeling Jesuit for college, Moseh is a rugged competitor that excels around the rim; scoring, rebounding, defending.
He's worked on his ball handling, and needs to continue to do so. It's
coming along. Likewise for his long distance shooting.
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