Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Preseason Basketball

The Price is Right have done well this preseason leading up to the Winter League in the BMRL.

Finishing a spotless 2-0 after Sunday's win, the team is looking strong heading into the regular season.  The PiR defeated Darice and Fancus, totaling 154 points in the two combined efforts.

The team is also shooting much better than where it ended in the Fall League this past season.  The PiR shot 42% and 32% from the floor and beyond the three point line respectively during the Fall, but is shot 51% and 38% so far this Winter.  Leading scorer Brandon Hunter has seemed to worked out the kinks during the fall season, raising his shooting average from beyond the arc from 32% to 48% so far.

"The last few months have been a struggle," Brandon said, "I think it not only hurt my game, but the team as well.  I've found a groove right now where everything feels good.  I like the confidence I can bring to the floor when I am shooting well, it shows."

The younger of the Hunters is averaging 29 points in two games this winter.

The roster has undergone some minor changes from the fall until now.  Kyle Knapik, who played in only two games during the fall, was waived.  Andy Kempf (6.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) was given his full release from Germany and will now be with the team full time along with fellow forward Ryan Stuver (6 rpg).  Big man Rob Cruise will be vying for a spot in the rotation as well, after playing in three of the six games during the fall, he has been jumping from the regular roster and the D-league roster over the past month or so.

The regulars from the fall have carried over.  We spoke of Brandon Hunter, and his family counterparts Jason (12.5 ppg, 60% FG), and Kerry (58% FG, 11 ppg, 10 rpg) join him.  Kyle Komer (13 ppg, 64% FG, 75% 3p) and Mike Petrilli will be the other guards, along with Kempf, Stuver, and Cruise.

The winter schedule has yet to be released, but the good guys will likely be slated in Division 2 for the third year in a row.  The team was bounced from the playoffs in the middle rounds two years ago, then lost in the championship game last year after losing early in the double elimination tournament and fighting to the final game.