Posts Tagged ‘Brendan Bald’

Former Defensive Player of the Year Brendan Bald leaves Catamounts

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

(Burlington, VT) – Vermont junior wing Brendan Bald, the 2011 America East Defensive Player of the Year, has left the Catamounts basketball team, but will stay in school to complete his degree.

“Brendan has decided not to play basketball his senior year and to focus on his academics,” said Vermont head coach John Becker in a press release earlier today. “He is not transferring and will stay at UVM his senior year. I want to thank Brendan for all his hard work and contributions to the men’s basketball program. He will always be a Catamount and I wish him the best in the future.”

“I have decided not to play basketball my senior year so that I can focus my time on my academics,” said Bald in a statement released by the Catamounts. “I plan on graduating a semester early and studying for the LSAT’s this fall. It is my hope to enter law school and pursue a career in law. I am thankful for my three years of being a member of the UVM basketball team and I thank the coaches, fans, and alumni for their support. I have created memories I will never forget. It is in my best interest to step away from the game of basketball and I wish the team and the coaches nothing but the best in the future.”

Bald enjoyed a breakout season as sophomore during the 2010-2011 season, averaging 11.3 points in 28.2 minutes per game, shooting an eye-popping 41 percent from behind the arc while being named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, as well as earning a place on the All-Defensive and All-Conference Third teams.

Despite being named a captain last season, Bald’s game regressed significantly, as the junior’s minutes and production dropped dramatically. Bald’s averages dipped to 7.6 points and 23.9 minutes per game, and his three-point percentage fell to 26.4 percent.

Beyond sheer numbers, Bald seemed to lose his energy and edge on the court; shying away from contact on the offensive end while playing without his usual aggression on the defensive end.

Behind closed doors, the word was that Bald had lost his love of the game. According to several sources, Bald informed the coaching staff on Wednesday of is decision to leave the team and end his playing career – it was no a mutual decision, but Bald’s alone. However, the coaching staff was not surprised.

The Catamounts now have an open scholarship to use. While there is already speculation about landing a high-impact transfer, the coaching staff is still deciding which direction they will head.

Lose-Lose: Catamounts top Terriers in a battle of contenders… Neither team looks championship caliber (but then again, who does in the AE?)

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

(Boston, MA) – In the good-enough-on-guts America East – where parity reins supreme and little separates the teams atop the conference (or those at the bottom for that matter) and on any given night anyone can beat anyone else – there is one key to victory above all others: Play harder than the other team for 40 minutes.

Apparently neither the Boston University nor Vermont received the memo.

When the dust settled from Wednesday night’s high-speed car wreck between the Terriers and Catamounts, it was Vermont who remained standing with a 68-67 win. With the victory over a long-time conference rival, the Catamounts had both a signature road win and some distance between themselves and the (now) third place Terriers.

But while the game brought a measure of clarity to the top of the America East standings, the fallout for both teams was just as many (if not more) questions than answers. (more…)

Playing for those who came before: Catamounts honor the late Trevor Gaines before the game and on the court.

Monday, December 19th, 2011

(Burlington, VT) — Somewhere, Trevor Gaines was smiling.

On a day when the University of Vermont retired the number of arguably the hardest-working player to ever don a Catamounts uniform, Vermont fought with heart and determination that would have made Gaines proud.

The Catamounts fell 73-72 to Iona Saturday, but against one of the top mid-majors in the country – a team that had advantages across the board in speed and athleticism – Vermont played with an unyielding determination reminiscent of the late Gaines.

“I’m really proud of our guys: They played really, really, hard,” said Vermont head coach John Becker. “And if we continue to play with that effort… we’re going to have a really good season.”

Freshman guard Four McGlynn scored 19 points, forwards Matt Glass and Luke Apfeld added 14 points apiece, and sophomore forward/do-it-all Brian Voelkel had a workman-like day with seven points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals (the latter two both game highs), but three last-second shots didn’t fall and the Catamounts came up just short. (more…)

Vermont pulls away late, snaps two-game losing streak with quarterfinal win over Binghamton, 57-46

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

For 33 minutes, the No. 9 Binghamton Bearcats gave the class of the conference, the No. 1 Vermont Catamounts, everything it could handle and then some. Less than seven minutes remained, the Bearcats had the ball, a chance to pull within 1 or even tie, and a noticeably pro-Vermont crowd on edge.

And then, in a flash, the game (and the season) were over.

The Catamounts reeled off a decisive 8-0 run to extend their slim one-possession lead to an 11-point margin. From there, Vermont simply maintained their lead and ran off the final few minutes of the clock to secure a 57-46 victory and advance to the America East semifinals. The win was Vermont’s fourth consecutive in the America East Tournament. (more…)

Before the home stretch: Postseason awards if the season ended today

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Postseason awards are a funny and fickle thing in the America East. The culmination of the season, they are often the highlight of the careers of players toiling in small-conference obscurity, many of whom will never experience the bright lights of March Madness.

Sadly, many times, the most deserving players don’t win the awards their play on the court should have earned. Awards are supposed to be based on merit, but the AE coaches and athletic directors often take other factors into account. Some of these factors are born from good intentions – the desire to give graduating seniors, many whom have previously been snubbed, one last piece for their trophy cases, one last “hurrah,” among them. But many elements that factor into the voting, sadly, fly in the face of what college basketball – and the America East – is all about. Grudges against opposing coaches and players, attempts to avenge previous players who were wronged, and trying to make a statement to 18-to-20 year old kids who are too outspoken are among the dozens of petty – not to mention stupid – reasons that have influenced the AE’s behind-closed-doors voting and contributed to countless snubs.

My awards are based solely on merit and merit alone. I don’t care what class someone belongs to – a fifth-year senior who has never won an award competes on equal footing with a first-year freshman. These are not “lifetime achievement” awards. Rather, these awards are simply based on my opinion about who has been the best player – or players – this season. I will update my rankings at the conclusion of the final regular season game of the America East slate for my final picks, but if the season were to end today, here’s how I think the awards should play out: (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 24

Monday, January 24th, 2011

In yesterday’s action: UMBC reverted to form, and Vermont made the Bearcats look like, well, the Bearcats.

New Hampshire 80 UMBC 60
The Wildcats seem to always be good for one 3-point barrage a season, and they got their annual explosion at as good a time as any, as New Hampshire (8-11, 2-5 AE) buried 14-of-27 attempts from deep (51.9 percent) to leave an upstart Retrievers (3-17, 2-5 AE) squad in the dust.

New Hampshire was paced by Tyrone Conley, who scored 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from behind the arc, dished out seven assists without a turnover, and added six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Chandler Rhoads contributed 15 points on 4-of-4 shooting from downtown, and Brian Benson had a monster game, picking up his first career double-double with 15 points and 16 boards to go along with 5 blocks. (more…)

Quick hitters

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

One-Bid Wonders writer Sam Perkins takes 5 minutes off from the back roads of the America East to check with some early thoughts on each team from around the conference.

The America East has already been one hell of a roller coaster ride,

Sam Perkins: Always watching over the "AE"

and we’re only a few games into the conference slate. We’ve already seen one lowly-regarded team in Hartford knock off a “contender” on its home court in Maine; another devastating injury to an explosive talent in New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick; and an early-season battle between two of the top-teams in the conference in Vermont and Albany – a battle from which Vermont emerged as the clear “team to beat.” Here are my thoughts on each AE squad. (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 7

Friday, January 7th, 2011

In last night’s action: Vermont secures their early position as king of the America East hill.

Vermont 60, Albany 48
The Catamounts (11-3, 2-0 AE) held an opponent below 50 points for the second consecutive game and dominated the offensive glass en route to a 12-point victory. The Albany (8-9, 1-1 AE) offense was held in check, partially due to the snail-like pace – each team had just 53 possessions, easily the slowest America East contest so far this season – but also due to Tim Ambrose having his worst offensive game to date. Ambrose was held to a season-low 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting, and while Logan Aronhalt and Mike Black combined for 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting, nobody else was able to counteract Ambrose’s inefficiency. At the other end of the floor, Vermont shot just 37 percent from the field but rebounded fully half of their misses and converted 19-of-22 free throws compared to just 4-of-10 for the visiting Great Danes. Brendan Bald and Matt Glass led UVM with 13 points apiece.

There are no games scheduled for today. America East action will resume on Saturday.