By Indrek Kongats
The Falconer Lady Falcons visited ECS this past Tuesday night for the Lady Eagles home and season opener. At the night’s end, they wished that they had never come.
Right from the jump ball, the Ellicottville Varsity girls were in complete control and steam rolled Falconer before they even knew what hit them. Senior Marissa Hamilton led the attack, running layup after layup on the stunned Falcons. Teammate Evelyn Cortez added insult to injury as the Lady Eagles pounded away.
The JV squad didn’t fare as well as Falconer had full control of the game with the outcome the exact reversal of the Varsity game.
The next home action for both boys’ and girls’ Varsity teams is this weekend Saturday, Dec. 10 as they host the Holiday Valley Holiday Tournament.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Ellicottville modified girls host Franklinville at home; game time is 5 p.m.
AYBA Girls basketball for those in grades 10 and under have established a home court at West Valley High School, practicing Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested should show up as they are still looking for more players. You can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wnyayba.
In Division I action, St. Bonaventure’s men’s team increased their record to 6-2 as they defeated Siena at home on Nov.30, 81-74, and then University of Buffalo 90-84 on Saturday, Dec. 3. Their next home game is this Saturday, Dec. 10 against UNC of Wilmington.
The Lady Bonnies are struggling this season as their record fell to 4-4, down from last season when they were 6-2 at this time. On Nov. 30, the women defeated Stony Brook by a score of 51-37 and then lost by a similar score to Bucknell on Dec. 6, 35-57. Early season starter Mckenna Maycock from Randolph High School is now coming off the bench, but is still averaging a respectable 20-plus minutes on the floor. Unfortunately, her production has decreased. Against Stony Brook she had six points and four rebounds, while against Bucknell she managed only three rebounds and was held scoreless.
Local star Shannon Rogers from Pioneer High School has also had her share of problems as has her team, the Hilbert College Hawks. Their record has fallen to 2-5, and her double doubles have fallen to single digits in a couple of losses last week, against University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 62-67, and Penn State Altoona, 59-67. Rogers had eight points and 11 rebounds, and nine points and eight rebounds respectively.
The Hilbert College men’s squad lost a heartbreaker last Saturday, Dec. 3 against Penn State Altoona. Having a six-point lead with just 49 seconds left in the game, some costly turnovers and a missed layup cost them a sure victory that would have kept them in first place in the AMCC conference, losing 84-83. The men’s record now stands at 4-3. Both men and women play at home this weekend Saturday, Dec. 10 against LaRoche College. Game times are 2 p.m. for the women, followed by the men at 4 p.m.
Player Development Tip of the Week:
Pistol Pete Maravich set and still holds many NCAA records and many NBA firsts. The Pistol owns every LSU record in points scored (3,667), scoring average (44.2), field goals attempted (3,166) and made (1,387), and free throws attempted (1,152), made (893), season (337) and consecutive (21). He still is the all-time leading NCAA scorer with career average of 44.2 points per game.
As the third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 1970 NBA Draft (behind No. 1 Bob Lanier from Saint Bonaventure University, Detroit Pistons), he made NBA history by signing richest contract ever offered to a college player at $1.9 million.
Pete Maravich recorded all of his drills so that young basketball players can follow in his footsteps. Here are some more of his drills:
1. SLAM – Slam the ball from one hand to the other. (This increases your hand size for better ball control and grip.)
2. BANANA – Squeeze the ball from one hand to the other and move hands, vertically up and down in front of your body while doing it. (This drill helps in strengthening finger tip ball control.)
3. TAP – Tap the ball from one hand to the other and move hands vertically up and down in front of your body while doing it. (Hand and arm co-ordination exercise.)
4. BALL DROP – Progression 1: Hold the ball waist high just in front of you, drop the ball, touch the front of your hips and catch the ball before it touches the ground.
Progression 2: Hold the ball waist high just in front of you, drop the ball, touch the sides of your hips and catch the ball before it touches.
Progression 3: Hold the ball waist high just in front of you, drop the ball, touch each of your buttocks and then bring the hands back around and catch the ball before it touches the ground.
Progression 4: Hold the ball waist high just in front of you, drop the ball, touch your hands behind you, bring the hands back around and catch the ball before it touches the ground.
Progression 5: Hold the ball in back of your knees, let go of the ball, and then catch the ball before it hits the ground.
Progression 6: Hold the ball in back of your knees, drop the ball, then bring the hands around and touch them in front of your body and then take them back around and catch the ball before it touches the ground (re-action and hand quickness drill).