Saturday, January 27, 2007

Game Log 1/27/2007: A Tale of Two Halves

Not surprisingly, #1 in the state beat sub-.500 handily. And while I can't recall a call I'd like back, I never got into it in the first half.

There were about 22 fouls called in the first half. I had exactly three of them. They had the first seven. I'm not even sure I had an out-of-bounds call for the first five minutes while my partners called fouls and were accused of overcalling the game by the home coach. We got together around then, and I asked if I was missing anything. I was told I was not...the game just wasn't coming to me. It wasn't that way for the rest of the first half.

To be honest, I had a complex about it. We chatted at halftime, and my partners were way less concerned than I was about it.

I double whistled a foul early in the second and was sure to take it to the table rather than my partner. And whattaya know...I had two calls within a minute after that...a hand-check and a good push through a screen. Suddenly, I was the one who had to give up calls.

Maybe it just took me some time to get acclimated, or maybe the game just didn't come to me. Either way, by the final buzzer, I was happy it happened.

Speaking of the final buzzer...this game ended with a halfcourt three-point shot by the losing team. It was close...I'm not positive she got it off...but I figured what the hell...close to a thirty point game...I went ahead and signaled "good if it goes." It went. I'm glad I did it that way. After the game, my partners disagreed about whether the ball was released on time, so it really was that close.

THINGS I DID WELL: Game awareness, consistency on screen calls, had a smooth second half where the losing team did not get frustrated
THINGS TO WORK ON: I'm noticing a tendency to need a little warmup time...passing on stuff early that I maybe shouldn't. That needs to stop Also, my rotations are a little late.
NEXT UP: Thankfully, two days off. Then, two junior high games and an evenly-matched varsity game (two sub-.500 teams) on Tuesday.


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