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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #45 on: December 28, 2019, 06:46:00 PM »

Tigers came back from a 22-6 1st qtr deficit to beat Butler 74-70. BF was up 72-70 with about 5.5 secs to play when Conley missed the front end of a 1 and 1, but Razir Jones grabbed the rebound was fouled and made both shots. A last desperation 3 from Butler missed its mark making the final score.

No doubt Butler's a different team if Morton plays, but the BF kids played hard and never quit even when down by 16 early. Tonight their shooting was better and they hit a couple 3s and finished better around the rim. Vaughan was strong on the boards as was Hauser who had a nice game scoring inside. BF pressured more than against PR and forced some Butler turnovers. Overall the kids played a very good game and earned the win.

Butler looks pedestrian without Morton although the Clement boys are good shots and all around players.

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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #46 on: January 03, 2020, 09:48:43 PM »

Lincoln Park 72
BF 59

BF jumped out to a 9-0 lead then was up 19-9 before reality hit them.  34-29 LP at half and up 52-40 after 3.  Nevertheless, BF played hard and was very competitive on the road.  Last year, they lost 78-43 there so major improvement by the kids. 

Junior Michael Conley had 17 and senior Razier Jones had 11 but the other 2 seniors just are not playing well at all.  This team is loaded with underclassmen so hopefully, it'll pay off next year.

Big one vs Neshannock next Tuesday.  BF drops to 7-4 and 2-1 in section.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2020, 10:49:39 AM »

This was just a terrific game to watch. Both teams going at it tooth and nail and neither giving an inch. Both teams were disciplined and it was a well-officiated game.

Despite losing, BF played a really strong game. They made LP work hard for their win and the game was closer than the final score might indicate. Mike Conley played a great game running the offense, playing defense, scoring rebounding, everything a coach could ask of a player. Hauser and Franchi did a terrific job taking Wilder out of the game on defense. He finished with 9 pts and both Tigers chipped in on offense with 6 and 9 pts respectively.

I thought LP out-3'ed BF, but they had 6 3s to BF's 5. and a couple more FTs made. The difference really came down to 3-4 put backs LP got from Mathos and the ones that wouldn't/didn't fall for BF. LP's experience helped them as well. But, make no mistake, LP had to work very hard for the win.

BF looked confident from the start and that should only increase as they proved to themselves they can stay with LP. If Vaughan can find his shooting eye and with the continued growth of freshman PG Isiah Sharp, this team will make serious noise in the playoffs.

Recap from the Times: https://www.timesonline.com/sports/20200103/lincoln-park-tops-beaver-falls-in-key-section-battle
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #48 on: January 04, 2020, 01:20:35 PM »

Bfgrad, in addition to those putbacks and missed layups, the end of quarter sequences really hurt them in the first half.  Smith hit a late 3 in the first qtr because we rushed a shot.  In the 2nd qtr, Mathos hit a late bucket after we couldn't take care of the ball.  5 points in those two examples...34-29 LP at half.

Over the years, Biega's teams got away with that most times because they were so good.  This team has little margin of error so doing the little things right against better teams is a must.

The development of Sharp and Conley hopefully will improve those end of quarter sequences.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #49 on: January 04, 2020, 02:51:14 PM »

I'm happy with the improvement in the outside shooting. That will keep teams from collapsing into a zone. They ran their set offense well overall and got a surprising number of open lanes right to the hoop. The FT shooting has improved, too. Conley's playing really, really well and Jeter's asking a lot of him to run the offense and also guard the opponent's best player. Last night he was on Smith and did a pretty good job. Credit to Smith for hitting the shots when he had them. I think once Shileak Livingston gets his basketball legs, he'll help more often. He's played PG and is strong on the ball and fast enough to play tight defense.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2020, 05:49:48 AM »

Tigers beat Neshannock 53-34. It was a good win after an intense game last Friday vs LP. It took awhile for BF to get rolling as they lead only 20-17 at halftime, but they had more energy in the second half outscoring Neshannock 34-18. Neshannock's coach rolled about 10 players, but even so, they looked worn out by halftime from having to work hard for every shot. Turk, probably Neshannock's best player, was held to 5 pts, 1 trey and 2 late FTs.

BF had to play most of the first half without Conley who picked up 2 early PFs. Franchi had to sit out as well with a couple PFs, but Sharp, Jones and Livingston filled in well. Jones and Hauser had 14 pts and Sharp 10. BF's offense still is a work in progress, but the kids were making nice passes to open teammates for easy baskets. They also made some bad passes and were sometimes lacksadical with the ball. The defense contiues to be their bread and butter. Neshannock is primarily an outside shooting team, but were held to just 2 3s and 10 baskets overall. Isiah Sharp is growing as a PG, he's already got good court awareness and a nice shot. Last night he was driving to the hoop and scored a couple pretty baskets off that.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2020, 06:38:07 AM »

If last night proved anything, it's that the offense runs through Conley.  BF really struggled in the first half with him sitting the last 12 minutes.  His first foul was really ticky tacky.  That officiating crew was one of the worst I have ever seen.  Nevertheless, once Conley got into the flow of the game in the 3rd quarter, BF was a different team on offense.  Losing Franchi due to foul trouble pretty much for 3 quarters hurt as well.

The development of Hauser and the freshman Sharp has been nice to watch.  Sharp is much more aggressive and the game is slowing down for him.  Hauser is becoming the perfect garbage guy underneath.  I am not sure what has happened to Dmitri Nesmith.  He had 17 and 10 vs Sto Rox in the first game and has basically been invisible since that performance.  He doesn't look confident at all when he gets in there.  His older brother needs to play better as well and stop taking threes.  That goes for Noah.  Get inside and do damage with their height and size.

BF probably wins last night by 30 if Conley and Franchi play the first half.  All in all, a very nice win after a tough loss.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2020, 10:16:08 AM »

D'mitri Nesmith's been playing full JV games and looking great. He could just be a little tired when he gets into the varsity games. I'm thinking both he and Sharp should start playing just the first half of JV games in the near future. Sharp's rapidly becoming a real good PG and he can shoot, too. He's gotten taller as well and looks to be about 5'10" now. Vaughan hasn't been scoring but he's compensating by playing good defense, rebounding and passing well. I think the kids generally are playing an unselfish, team game. I think BF is rounding into a pretty good team.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2020, 11:27:23 PM »

Tigers won over Riverside 71-56. Riverside was helped immensely by the 17 FTs they made in 25 attempts or the game would've been more lopsided. Riverside was scrappy, though. Their center blocked a bunch of shots; he showed a knack for it. They made a couple of runs to get with a basket or two of BF, but couldn't get over the hump.

Noah Vaughan had a big game for BF with 27 pts including 4 3's. If he can repeat that, it will be a huge lift for the Tigers. No one else scored in double digits, but I think Jeter had every player in the game at some point.

Tuesday, BF finishes the first half of the season with a game at home against Aliquippa.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #54 on: January 11, 2020, 12:15:59 AM »

Jeter has to shorten his bench to 7-8 deep.  He played 12 kids and it wasn't because he emptied the bench.  That is just way too many unless it's a blowout.  His peculiar substitutions at the beginning of the 2nd qtr allowed Riverside to get back in the game.  Playing JV kids made no sense.  They had a little foul trouble but not enough to put those kids in there.

And he has to give Sharp more minutes.  He is really coming into his own as a freshman.  He is simply electric with the ball.  In addition, BF needs Dmitri Nesmith to get his confidence back and last night was a step in that direction.

Noah was incredible.  Best game of his career.  However, could the staff please teach PUMP FAKES?  The Riverside center must have had 10 blocks and not once did we try to draw him in the air.  And stop trying to dunk!!!  It cost us 4 points and one miss was when we were up 29-25.  This isn't Jeter or Creach FFS.  The coaches need to stop that now rather than slapping their hand when they come out of the game.

Free throw shooting continues to be a problem as we shot 8 for 16.  It would be nice to see us around 70% as a team.
 
Tuesday should be a wild rat race vs Quip.  Hoping our kids keep their cool and composure.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #55 on: January 14, 2020, 03:27:14 AM »

Any thoughts from bfgrad and bftigers on the Quip game tonight? Always interested in what you have to say.

We are finally going to make it to our first game to see the Tigers play.
Plan to arrive a little early in case of a crowd.
From the last roster bfgrad posted and the past two weeks of posts, looks like the BF players to watch are: Conley, Sharp, Hauser, Jones, Vaughn, D'Mitri Nesmith, Livinston, and Franchi depending upon who gets hot?
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #56 on: January 14, 2020, 05:34:07 AM »

It should be a fast-paced game as both teams like to run and press. Conley's BF's best all-around player; Franchi's been getting the job of guarding the other team's best player; Hauser and the other forwards will have their hands full with Fisher inside.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #57 on: January 14, 2020, 05:59:22 AM »

It should be a fast-paced game as both teams like to run and press. Conley's BF's best all-around player; Franchi's been getting the job of guarding the other team's best player; Hauser and the other forwards will have their hands full with Fisher inside.

Pretty much agree with the post above.  Rat race and frenetic pace between these teams.  Fisher is going to be a huge problem inside.  It might not be a bad idea to go zone if our press isn't working.  Quip has zero shooters and it could help with Fisher inside.

BF has to stay out of foul trouble as well.  The last couple games it has been an issue.  Just hope Jeter doesn't go crazy and play 10-12 kids.  Keep it at 8 and get after them.
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #58 on: January 14, 2020, 10:41:29 PM »

Tigers won over Aliquippa 57-36. The Quips were game, but they just are not a very good shooting team. They were really bad from the FT line, too. Fisher basically held them in the game. Noah Vaughan did a good job defending Fisher in the match up of big, strong boys. Vaughan also lead BF in scoring and was again strong on the boards. Tigers guards are rounding into shape. At the start of the season, it was all on Conley, but now Franchi and Jones are better at handling the ball and Livingston and Sharp are capable of running the offense. Fr Sharp is growing as a PG every game. Everyone fawns over Thiero of QV, but Sharp is becoming every bit as good.

A nice win for BF to finish the first half at 5-1 in the section and 10-4 overall. They will have a tough road game at Neshannock, but get LP at home. The finale at Aliquippa may or may not be meaningful although I'm sure the kids will want to win it. I myself won't be surprised if BF ends up playing in the WPIAL title game at The Pete.

Game recap from the Times: https://www.timesonline.com/sports/20200114/vaughn-tigers-take-round-one-against-quips
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Re: 2019-2020 BF Tigers Basketball
« Reply #59 on: January 16, 2020, 06:09:53 AM »

The key to BF's surge right now is Noah Vaughan.  He is starting to get back his game since the ACL injury last year that forced him to miss all of last season until the last few games in the playoffs.  His shot has improved (when he doesn't force it).  His rebounding and defense have also been instrumental.  Every team needs senior leadership and Noah is giving it to BF right now.

Now if they can somehow get Darius Nesmith, another senior, back to where he was at the end of last year, they could really be dangerous.  His hands and decision making (missing dunks instead of just laying it in) have to improve.

I do agree with bfgrad that their ball handling has improved.  Their decision making can be shaky, like forcing shots up when leading by double digits vs Quip in the 4th, but that can be corrected.  Conley, Livingston, Jones and Sharp can all bring it up the floor.

Speaking of Sharp, the freshman is on track to become a special player and the kind of player BF fans have been used to seeing over the last couple decades.  I still contend Jeter should play him more.  His shot and ball handling are improving as you would expect with a young player.  Hopefully, he can get to around 6 ft in the next couple years as he is around 5 ft 8 now. 

Personally, I think this team has a real chance to get to the semifinals.  But beating Lincoln Park or North Catholic to get to the Pete?  Contrary to my fellow alum, that would surprise me.  I still believe we are a year away from getting the chance to win it all, especially given that LP and NC are moving to 4A next year.
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