Wake forest size too much for Hawks in loss
Bairesha Gill-Miles had 10 points and five rebounds at Wake Forest.
Dec. 11, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -

Saturdays matchup with Wake Forest didnt have the best outcome for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, but for a team coming off a seven-game road swing that finished with a two-game trip in Atlantic Coast Conference country there are a few bright spots.

The 92-50 loss at the hands of the Demon Deacons (6-5) was hard to swallow for the Hawks (1-7), but a week off for finals and three straight games at home should dull the sting a bit and maybe help get a few players more back on the court for the Shore.

It was a tough road trip, Hawks head coach Fred Batchelor said. Playing an ACC opponent is always a challenge for us. I thought they played pretty well. They shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. That makes it real difficult when a team shoots the ball as well as they did.

What also made it difficult was the sheer length of the Deacs. Wake Forest boasted eight players on the roster who were at least 6 feet tall and seven of them saw the court on Saturday accounting for 125 of 200 minutes.

Wake outrebounded The Shore 47-29 and held a 17-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They also outscored the Hawks in the paint 52-24 and held a 17-7 advantage in second-chance points.

We looked out one time and the had three 6-foot-3 kids on the floor at the same time, Batchelor said. We were trying to at least have one kid on the floor who was 6-plus. It did affect us and I thought they did a good job in their press with their length too in containing us, keeping us off balance and never letting us get in a flow.


 

 

The pressure forced 20 turnovers as the Eastern Shore backcourt struggled with the not only the Deacons press, but the perimeter length in the half-court defense and finding good shots against it. Wake blocked 11 shots including some on the perimeter.

The Hawks guards scored just seven points in 80 total minutes with five of those coming from walk on Angelique Taylor (Wachapreague, Virginia) in the final four minutes of the game.

But there were a few bright spots.

I was encouraged by a couple of players we had, Batchelor said. I thought Bairesha Gill-Miles played well and showed me a lot as well as Marty (Martha Thompson). I thought on this road trip she has put two good games together. For a fifth-year kid I think that is going to be helpful for her in establishing her confidence.

Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio) scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3 grabbed four rebounds and added a block and two steals in 31 minutes.

Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) had 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in 32 minutes against a huge front line.

We have to take this experience and learn from it, kind of recover and get better, Batchelor said. This is an opportunity to get better and not kick ourselves or beat ourselves up, but I was definitely disappointed in our defensive transition. That goes back to our lack of communication that we have been talking about for a couple of days now going back to the Virginia Tech game. We start getting down and then we dont talk on defense. It beats the will out of us and thats something that cant happen.

The Hawks will not return to the court until Dec. 16 when they host Division III Wesley College at 2 p.m. Then Mount St. Marys comes to town for a 6 p.m. matchup on Dec 19 and Eastern Shore hosts UMBC on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

I think we get back and get a couple days off to focus on exams and then we have an opportunity to play three games at home and we havent been home since the opener, Batchelor said. Seven straight games on the road is tough. Its a lot to ask of the kids, so we have to grow form this and the thing that makes this livable is if we play some great basketball when we get back home.

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

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