Beechwood started very slow. I believe it was 10-0 Lloyd or at least a 10 point Lloyd lead right at the start of the game that forced a Beechwood timeout. The Tigers slowly clawed their way back bit by bit. Finally in the 4th quarter Beechwood got a 3 point lead with about 4 minutes to go. Then the Tigers held the ball. I believe coach Goetz wanted to make Lloyd come out and guard them and create more open space for Beechwood's offense to work. However, the Tigers did not execute, turned the ball over, did not rebound and gave Lloyd too many chances to take control of the game back. The Juggs were able to finally make plays on a couple of the many chances they had and draw fouls down the stretch to win the game. Lloyd won the game by outrebounding Beechwood in the last 3-4 minutes and making free throws.
Scott Draud is so smooth. He never looks rushed, plays very smart and can fill it up. A very fun player to watch.
Daniel Mescher was the best athlete on the floor. He is very quick and intense. Beechwood put him on Lloyd's Neal to shut him down in the second half and Mescher did just that. Mescher is one of those grinders everyone loves and coaches love to have on their team. He gives 100% effort on every play.
Now a question - why hold the ball on offense if you are the better team? From what I saw last night, Beechwood is the better team of these two. If I am the better team, I want more possessions in the game. When you hold the ball for the last minute of a quarter and hold it at the key point in the game, I think it takes away your team's momentum. Why not keep playing aggressively, create more possessions where your team will win and keep your opponent on their heels?