Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

West Liberty Hilltopper Basketball

Collapse

Support The Site!

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ben Howlett MEC coach of year!
    • Lost will yoakum to injury who was all mec
    • Had 6 new players including 3 transfers
    • Played challenging out of conference schedule
    • 4 points away from being undefeated



    It's the second MEC Coach of the Year Award for Howlett, who is now in his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. The former All-Region guard has proven to be just as adept on the sidelines as he was on the court. His 125-20 (.862) career record gives him the highest career winning percentage of any NCAA men's coach with 5 or more seasons on the bench.

    Comment


    • Originally posted by Columbuseer View Post
      Ben Howlett MEC coach of year!
      • Lost will yoakum to injury who was all mec
      • Had 6 new players including 3 transfers
      • Played challenging out of conference schedule
      • 4 points away from being undefeated



      It's the second MEC Coach of the Year Award for Howlett, who is now in his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. The former All-Region guard has proven to be just as adept on the sidelines as he was on the court. His 125-20 (.862) career record gives him the highest career winning percentage of any NCAA men's coach with 5 or more seasons on the bench.
      As a side note: I thought Audrey Tingle got robbed on the women's side. That's to take nothing away from Re'Shawna Stone--she's an absolute star who, in any other year, is an obvious POY. But Tingle's season was historic on a national level, so how does her own conference not vote her POY?

      Comment


      • Bryce Butler MEC player of the year!
        • can beat you from three, off the dribble, and with his back to the basket in the low post.
        • 68% two-pt FG%
        • 42% three-pt FG%
        • 7.3 rebounds with his 6-5 frame
        • 1.68 assist to turnover ratio
        • Leading offensive rebounder and leading defensive rebounder
        • 3rd on team in assists
        • Very strong defender
        • Runs the court hard in transition



        Butler, a 6-5 third-year sophomore from Latrobe, Pa., exploded onto the MEC scene this winter in his first full season as a starter. The second-leading scorer (18.6 ppg.) and leading rebounder (7.3 rpg.) on the nation's highest-scoring team, Butler ranks 9th in the country with 222 made field goals and is 10th in field-goal percentage (222-of-347, .640). He has scored double-figures in 27 of 28 games with a team-high 8 double-doubles. A 1.000-point scorer, Butler posted season- and career-highs of 30 points at Fairmont State, 13 rebounds vs. W.Va. State and 9 assists at Glenville State.

        Comment


        • Patrick Robinson III repeats as 1st team MEC!
          • leading scorer 20.1
          • Leads in steals
          • Amazing 2.39 assist to turnover ratio
          • Close 2nd on team in assists
          • 3rd on team in rebounding
          • Incredibly strong finisher after contact
          • Nearly unguardable 1-on-1
          • Has dramatically improved his defense this year
          • Sees the whole floor and shares the ball even though he has prodigious offensive scoring skills
          Robinson, a silky-smooth 6-3 southpaw guard from Chesterfield, N.J., leads the Hilltoppers in scoring (20.1 ppg.) and steals (63) while shooting better than 50 percent (205-of-402) from the floor and nearly 80 percent (121-of-157, .771) from the charity stripe. A Holy Family, Pa. transfer, he's scored over 2,000 points in his collegiate career with nearly 1,600 of them coming in Black and Gold. He has reached double-figures in every game this season with 15 20-point games. He's posted season-highs of 30 points vs. East Stroudsburg, 8 rebounds at Concord and 7 assists at Alderson Broaddus.

          Comment


          • Hopefully Butler doesn’t get any bright ideas…

            Comment


            • Originally posted by Scrub View Post

              As a side note: I thought Audrey Tingle got robbed on the women's side. That's to take nothing away from Re'Shawna Stone--she's an absolute star who, in any other year, is an obvious POY. But Tingle's season was historic on a national level, so how does her own conference not vote her POY?
              She is phenomenal and by just looking at her you’d never believe she could do everything she’s done. Any chance they get an at large bid?

              Comment


              • Originally posted by Layton View Post

                She is phenomenal and by just looking at her you’d never believe she could do everything she’s done. Any chance they get an at large bid?
                Doubtful. They weren't even in the top 10 in the recent regional rankings. Strangely, WVSU was in the top 10 regional rankings and they're playing the pigtail game in the conference tourney today as a 7 seed (didn't even earn a bye in the conf. tourney). Not sure about all that. But WLU women have a LOT of work to do in the conference tourney to make the big dance.

                Comment


                • Marlon Moore Jr. Is honorable mention MEC!

                  Moore, a sky-walking 6-5 senior forward from Cleveland, Ohio, averages 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a game as one of the premier "sixth men" in the Atlantic Region. Just seven points away from the 1,000-point career milestone, Moore has also collected more than 600 rebounds during his time at WLU. He's had 14 double-figure scoring games this season and posted a season-high 18 points on three occasions – most notably during a 110-107 late-season overtime win at No. 16 Fairmont State. He also grabbed a West Liberty season-high 15 rebounds against Concord and had a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) in a win at regionally-ranked Pitt-Johnstown.


                  How could a player who is 8th on team in minutes per game (15.2 mins) make honorable mention all MEC?
                  • He provides leadership experience in the second platoon.
                  • At 6-5 he disrupts opponent's offense by defensively dominating all conference centers and power forwards much bigger than he. He is legendary at wlu as "Mr. March" as he thrives on elite competition.
                  • This is not a one-time great season.
                    • In 2020 he took over the MEC finals with 23 pts, 5 blocks, 2 steals, 75% from three and 57%from two.
                    • In 2021 regional he disrupted Malone, Charleston and Hillsdale with intimidating double-double performances while play opponent's best inside player.
                    • He has continued his dominant performances in 2021-2022.
                  • Incredibly productive in 15.2 mins per game with 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. That extrapolates to 25 pts and 14 rebounds in a 40 minute game.
                  • Incredible rebounder with rapid outlet passes to near mid court to start the fast beak
                  • Complete player- Can score from three, dribble drive and from the post
                  • Free safety role in press. Athletic skills allow him to play near mid court court and still prevent passes over the top of the press.
                  • Very quick leaper who plays much taller.

                  Comment


                  • Originally posted by Scrub View Post

                    Doubtful. They weren't even in the top 10 in the recent regional rankings. Strangely, WVSU was in the top 10 regional rankings and they're playing the pigtail game in the conference tourney today as a 7 seed (didn't even earn a bye in the conf. tourney). Not sure about all that. But WLU women have a LOT of work to do in the conference tourney to make the big dance.
                    New rankings just came out and the WLU women popped in at No. 9 this week. In fact, they're probably No. 8 at this writing as No. 8 Seton Hill got smacked by a sub-500 Pitt-Johnstown team on Monday and is already out of the PSAC Tournament. If West Liberty beats Fairmont State tomorrow and (probably) Charleston on Saturday, I think they're in.

                    Comment


                    • Observations West Liberty at Wheeling U MEC qtr. final 3/4/22

                      This game was much different than the season finale a week ago.

                      Wheeling Strategy
                      • Although they lack height and depth, WU has some very talented, experienced scorers, who can score both inside and out. They have three talented one-on-one players in the league of Patrick Robinson III. Reed, Haynes and Gentry all finished highly contested shots
                      • If a scoring opportunity did not present itself at the rim in transition, WU pulled the ball out on offense and did not start the offense until 15 seconds left on the shot clock in an attempt to shorten the game, slow the pace and allow the team to rest.
                      • Wheeling checked many of the boxes that were goals for beating WLU:
                        • Avoid turnovers – Check – only 7 WU TOs to WLU’s 11
                        • Avoid getting sped up into a run and shoot game – Check – WLU even got 15 fast break points to 9 for WLU.
                        • Make WLU score inside – Check – WLU only shot 20% from three on 15 attempts
                        • Keep the score no higher than the 80s – Check – WLU got 89
                        • Play extremely hard on both ends of the court – Check
                        • Bait WLU into driving to the basket, then collapse to force a difficult shot – Check – although WLU got close to the rim, they could not finish. WLU took the bait, especially in the first half, which often resulted in no second chance shots.
                      • WU goals that were not met
                        • Get offensive rebounds – although they got some put backs early – WLU dominated 15-8. WLU outrebounded WU 45-30. I think one reason for this disparity was fatigue in the second half.
                        • WLU got 7 more FTs 24-17. Most importantly, WLU hit 83% to only 65% for WU.
                        • In the second half, WLU was getting uncontested layups from the half-court offense.

                      Keys to WLU Victory
                      • WU fatigue - WLU pressure caused a 5 second call and a timeout. WU responded by sending players sprinting down the court for long passes off the inbounds. Although successful, this approach only accelerated the onset of fatigue. The pressure and resulting fatigue paid dividends in the second half. Reed was cramping up in the second half and they were missing foul shots.
                      • Dominating the offensive and defensive glass, especially in the second half. Some of these rebounds were “man” rebounds, where the WLU player rose above multiple opponents to get the rebound.
                      • WLU contested their three point shots hold WU to 30% (some of WU’s made three-point shots were from 25+ ft.), which is great improvement over the 64% WU shot last week against WLU.
                      • WLU got 17 second chance points to 9 for WU.
                      • In the second half, WLU was still getting to the rim, but the shots were relatively open instead of being contested. It likely was an adjustment in spacing as well as fatigue on the part of WU that led to open lanes to the rim. Also, WU was denying the three-point shot, which limited help defense inside on drives or post-ups. This was a key in pulling away from a 55-55 game to a 14 point lead.


                      Statistic WLU Opponent Advantage To:
                      Team WLU Wheeling - MEC Tourney
                      Date 3/4/22 3/4/2022
                      Score 89-81 WLU
                      w/l W L WLU
                      FG 33 33 =
                      FGA 67 69 WU
                      FG Pct 49% 48% =
                      3FG 3 4 =
                      3 FGA 15 13 =
                      3 FG PCT 20% 31% WU
                      FT 20 11 WLU
                      FTA 24 17 WLU
                      FT PCT 83% 65% WLU
                      Off Reb 15 8 WLU
                      Def Reb 30 22 WLU
                      Tot Reb 45 30 WLU
                      Reb Per Game 38.8 33.7 WLU
                      PF 17 17 =
                      Assist 15 10 WLU
                      TO 11 7 WU
                      Blk 1 1 =
                      Stl 5 7 WU
                      Pts 89 81 WLU
                      Avg Pts Per Game 100.4 80.2 WLU
                      Steals per Forced TO 71% 64% WLU
                      Assist to TO Ratio 1.36 1.43 WU
                      Assist per FG 45% 30% WLU
                      Points Per FGA 1.33 1.17 WLU
                      Points Per Possession 1.20 1.08 WLU
                      Num Possessions 74 75 =
                      OppDefReb 22 30 WLU
                      Off Reb Effic 41% 21% WLU
                      Forced TO 7 11 WU
                      Game num 29 30
                      Two Pt FG % 57.7% 51.8% WLU
                      Effective Shooting % 51.5% 50.7% =

                      Comment


                      • That game is what happens when teams know each other too well. It's the old adage about beating a team 3 times in one season. Wheeling knew what they had to do, had two chances earlier in the season to practice the game plan against WLU, and they darn near pulled it off.

                        Howlett said it in the postgame interview (paraphrase): "We were trying to drive lanes that just weren't there in the first half." Translation: too much one-on-one basketball in a crowded lane. And that may have been a panic response to the fact that the outside shots weren't falling. Players/coaches have noted before that it's hard to shoot in that building (for some reason--sightlines maybe?). So when the shots weren't falling early, instead of trusting the process, some of WLU's elite athletes were putting their heads down and trying to make difficult shots. Credit Wheeling for packing the lane and defending that well. But WLU has to be smarter with the basketball tonight if they're going to beat Fairmont.

                        I'll be very interested to see how WLU matches up with Fairmont minus Younkin. Younkin has been a matchup nightmare for WLU in the past few years--some of his biggest career games have come against the Hilltoppers. Fairmont without Younkin will be a different matchup entirely. Now, Mangas really stepped up in the Forward spot last night against NDC, but WLU probably matches up pretty well against a 4-guard/1-smallish-big lineup. It'll be a different look when these teams match up tonight without Younkin for sure.

                        And sad for that young man not to get to play down the playoff stretch of his Senior season.

                        Comment


                        • Side note: the Commish and the building operators had to be thrilled to see WLU survive that game. By the time the WLU game was over, the several thousand fans who were in the building turned into a quiet couple hundred for the Fairmont/NDC game. And if Wheeling (who just doesn't seem to draw quite as well as WLU despite also being local) had upset WLU last night, there were going to be a LOT of unsold seats and unsold beers for the next two days. With WLU surviving last night, the building operators can guarantee at least one more biggish payday. Then, even if the finals is a Charletson/Fairmont matchup, it's a decent chance those fanbases make the trip for a Sunday afternoon final. So, the Commish & building operators survived the worst case scenario and have probably salvaged enough profit to continue to justify keeping the tourney in that building.

                          Comment


                          • Hate to see Audrey Tingle's career come to an end. I thought the Hilltoppers had an outside chance at that last spot in the Women's field (the spot that went to IUP's women). A healthier season out of that roster (such as not having to play Concord without 3 starters back in January) picks up an extra win or two, and Coach Cooper is likely dancing.

                            Comment


                            • Good to see the MEC tournament stay in wheeling for at least a few more years

                              Comment


                              • The MEC tourney demonstrated the versatility and grittiness of wlu. This is a different team from the traditional wlu team that depended on good three point shooting.

                                wheeling, fairmont and Charleston all used different strategies with considerable success and wlu weathered them despite some sub-par aspects of their games.

                                Unlike past teams, this team has the defensive half court chops to play a 1940s era low scoring half court high post low post game. We now have 4 players who can guard a post player in Viktor, Marlon, Bryce, and Sarson. We also have lockdown defensive guards.

                                Wvsu is a huge challenge. If they are clicking they can dominate. Took out embry riddle. Arguably best overall collection of 1-on-1 athletes in mec.

                                Comment

                                Ad3

                                Collapse
                                Working...
                                X