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Thursday, March 03, 2016

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I agree with CC that the difference in the South-Amherst game was the game plan and the effectiveness of South’s defense on Amadi Ikpeze and TC Brown. Of note, Matt Foster and Ryan Philipps played behind Ikpeze most of the game as opposed to continually fronting him which other teams did in the 2 games I saw of Amherst this year. Playing behind him did not allow him position for offensive rebounds which in the 2 games I saw made up a lot of his points. In addition, playing behind Ikpeze did not allow many lob passes which he often converts into easy baskets. South put Greg Dolan on Brown but Amherst did not put Brown on Dolan. That key match-up went in South’s favor. With Dolan playing with 2 fouls, Cody Sanford, unconcerned about foul trouble, defended Brown even more aggressively than Dolan including an open court steal that led to a South basket. Without Ikpeze or Brown playing a major factor in the game Amherst just did not have the offensive production to keep up with South.

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