Hawks come out flat, can’t get on track in Alaska
Nov. 23, 2017

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore struggled to find its rhythm early in Thursdays consolation game matchup with Binghamton in the Great Alaska Shootout. The result was a 22-7 first-quarter hole that the Hawks (1-4) never dug their way out of on their way to a 68-51 loss.

I thought we struggled and we were a little flat, Eastern Shore Head coach Fred Batchelor said. We didnt have anybody who stepped up — particularly to start the game. I thought that got us off to a bad start and controlled the whole game. We built a monster in them that they just felt very confident. They played well and I thought they definitely showed they were the better team and a better coached team.

After falling behind quickly and feeling like the player on the court werent find the right energy, Batchelor turned to a young lineup to try and find a spark. In came Amanda Carney (Parlin, New Jersey), Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky), Dayona Godwin (Ocean Pines, Maryland), Porsha Sydnor (Chicago, Illinois) and Dominique Walker (Bel Air, Maryland).

That group helped get the team untracked, but Gill-Miles and Walker quickly got into foul trouble with 3 each in the first half.

It was the bench overall, in the game which outscored the starters and combined to play 110 of 200 minutes and outscored the starters 32-19.

I think its great that they did show us something, Batchelor said. I thought they showed a lot of bright spot. The fact we were able to score almost twice as many points in the first quarter as we did in the second quarter had everything to do with those kids that came in and just showing heart, energy, toughness and that they really wanted to compete. I just told them how much I appreciate the work of that group and I thought to close the game they closed it out pretty well too.

Gill-Miles led the team in scoring with 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, but she struggled a bit from the floor after missing some early opportunities.

She is a freshman, Batchelor said. She plays with a lot of emotion. Sometimes its good and sometimes its bad. Its a learning experience for her and the thing is that we want to make sure we dont put so much on her that we dont get what we can from her. That is the most important thing when trying to get the most out of young kids.

I thought her and Porsha showed us today that we have a bright future, however, right now we need out upperclassmen to do their jobs.

The Hawks won the rebounding battle 36-34, has just two more turnovers than the Bearcats and won the scoring battle from the bench 32-9. But the Shore shot just 30 percent from the field. Binghamton shot 60 percent in the first half and 46 percent in the game.

When you look at it a big part of the result is field goal percentage, Batchelor said. Especially when you look at the fact we had 15 offensive rebounds to their 4 and you love by 20. You dont normally see that. You get up 13 more shots than your opponent and we didnt shoot ourselves in the foot with turnovers.

The Bearcats dominated the game in the opening minutes getting out to the 15-point advantage with the help of a 14-0 lead in points in the paint.

I think that they really were at the start of the game probably better at every position than us and more effective, Batchelor said. From the inside to the outside and we were really stagnant offensively from the top. Our guards really didnt get us going, didnt create anything or any advantage for our post, which put makes it hard to play against the Defensive Player of the Year in their league.

You are putting your kids in a tough situation expecting them to carry you without getting any advantage from your guard play. I thought that had a lot to do with our ineffectiveness in the paint early.

Carney scored nine points off the bench for the Hawks and Sydnor dished out eight assists. Godwin made a pair of 3s.

In the championship game, Alaska Anchorage (7-0) topped Tulsa for the tournament title.

Next up for the Hawks is a Nov. 29 contest at George Mason University at 7 p.m.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.



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