Posts Tagged ‘Joe Zeglinski’

One by one, BU free throws add up to 55-49 semifinal victory over Hartford

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Boston University redshirt junior forward Pat Hazel is a lot of things. A muscular 6-foot-6, the Marquette transfer holds his

BU's Pat Hazel throws down the second of his two dunks (Photo courtesy of Shane Bufano)

ground in the low post, and has blocked a league-leading 62 shots from both that position and as a help defender. On offense, Hazel generates plenty of second-shot opportunities – his OR% of 11.1 is tied for third-best among all AE qualifiers, trailing only Stony Brook’s Dallis Joyner and Albany’s Blake Metcalf – and despite often finding himself in a crowd of defenders around the hoop, Hazel shot a tidy 52.8% from the floor. The All-Defensive Team nominee’s ability to function effectively as a clean-up guy around the hoop made him a valuable contributor at both ends of the floor for the Terriers this season.

 

But after 32 games this season, it was safe to say that Hazel was not either of two things: a dunker or a free throw shooter. Heading into Sunday’s semifinal against the host, the No. 6 Hartford Hawks, a Hazel dunk prompted a hard pinch to make sure the observer wasn’t dreaming. And the charity stripe was anything but charitable to Hazel. Pat connected at a wholly uninspiring 44.0% clip. In fact, Hazel had never attempted more than one free throw in a game for BU without missing at least once. Hoping for 2-of-2? Good luck with that.

So years from now, when robots parse the box score from the Terriers’ closely contested 55-49 semifinal victory at Hartford for the umpteenth time, they won’t realize that what Pat Hazel did on Sunday took a running leap past “improbable,” landing safely in the zone of “unthinkable.” (more…)

Fans storm court, Maciel lets it rain in Hartford’s 66-63 “upset” win

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

The notion that “it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season,” has been heard by anyone who’s been interested in team sports for a significant period of time. This saying, of course, is demonstrably false. Thousands of games played at every level conclusively show that when one team beats another in each of their first two meetings, the victor in those games is significantly more likely to win the third game as well.

Add another data point to the sample. No. 6 Hartford pulled the nominal upset on Saturday, but the Hawks’ regular-season sweep of No. 3 Maine proved to be a reliable indicator of how the nightcap would conclude.

How the Hawks got there, however, proved to be completely unpredictable. With Hartford’s primary outside shooters mired in 0-fers, it was time for the big men to go to work. And Genesis Maciel let it fly. (more…)

Forgotten Man: Despite fading into obscurity in the minds of fans, Hartford senior Kevin Estes has never given up on the Hawks or himself

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

(Photographs courtesy of Steve McLaughlin)

Kevin Estes took a jab-step to his left, momentarily freezing his defender. Seeing the smallest glimmer of daylight, he cut back hard to his right. It was a read-and-react move he perfected during a career on the high school gridiron in Virginia, only now the closing linebacker had been replaced by 7’3” UConn shot-eraser Hasheem Thabeet. A single misstep, bobble, or a moment’s hesitation and his shot was landing in the third row. With the future NBA lottery pick close on his heels, Estes caught the inbounds pass mid-stride at an all-out sprint and, with one fluid motion, launched himself at the hoop.

Estes felt the wind on the back of his neck as he floated towards the hoop, and then rattled the rim with a 2-handed slam, leaving the backboard shaking behind him and the sure-fire NBA pick grasping at thin air.

As Estes turned and headed back up the court – and almost twelve-thousand rowdy Husky fans suddenly fell silent – he closed his eyes and soaked in the moment.

And just like that, the moment was gone. (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 10

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In yesterday’s action: The Terriers issued their challenge to Vermont’s early-season dominance, and Hartford kept the Great Danes on a short leash.

Boston University 74, Vermont 65
The Catamounts (11-4, 2-1 AE) saw their four-game win streak come to a screeching halt, as host Boston University (7-10, 2-1 AE) got it done at both ends of the floor. The Terriers’ offensive rating of 113.7 was their highest since hosting Saint Joseph’s before Christmas, and was the highest figure allowed by the Catamounts since Vermont’s loss to BYU back on December 8. BU got all but 10 of its points from three players: Darryl Partin (24), John Holland (24) and D.J. Irving (16). Meanwhile, the Catamount starters were held to 34 percent shooting from the field, a handicap too severe for the UVM bench to overcome.

Hartford 62, Albany 42
The Hawks (5-10, 2-0 AE) never trailed yesterday and won their second straight conference game due to some stifling defense. The Great Danes (8-10, 1-2 AE) were held to the lowest point total of any Hartford opponent since the Hawks’ 75-38 defeat of Marist on November 18 of last season. Tim Ambrose had his second straight clunker, posting just four points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field, 0-of-3 shooting at the stripe, and four turnovers. Meanwhile, Hartford eclipsed the point-per-possession mark for the third consecutive game despite miserable shooting from the normally dynamic duo of Joe Zeglinski and Morgan Sabia (combined 7-of-28). The Hawks made more shots from outside the arc (12) than from inside (11) – Hartford attempted 36 triples! – and committed just six turnovers to Albany’s 17.

There is one game tonight – Stony Brook takes on the Bearcats at the Events Center in Vestal.

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. 6

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

In last night’s action: John Gallagher gets his first two-game win streak, and it comes at a contender’s expense.

Hartford 61, Maine 59
After losing 10 of their first 12 games, the Hawks (4-10, 1-0 AE) have won two straight games. This one came at the expense of the Black Bears (7-7, 1-1 AE), who entered the game having won five of their last six games but failed to surpass the point-per-possession for the first time since December 8. Hartford was led by the usual suspects, Morgan Sabia (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Joe Zeglinski (16 points). The Hawks’ dynamic duo shot 6-of-9 from beyond the arc to help the visitors edge the conference’s northernmost member. The Black Bears fell despite a highly efficient night from Troy Barnies, who had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Minor does it all as Hartford tops Brown, 58-46

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Anthony Minor dunks vs. Brown. Photo credit: Adam Manison

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Based on his postgame reaction, one might be led to believe Hartford senior forward Anthony Minor had a completely ordinary performance at Chase Arena last night.

“I was just looking to play my game,” Minor said without even hinting at the actual quality of his performance.

Before yesterday’s game, Minor’s career-high in points scored was 12, set against Yale his freshman year. He had never recorded more than seven rebounds in a game. Four steals in a game occurred just once. Most blocks in a game? Just two.

Hartford (2-5) put together an exemplary team defensive performance to earn a much-needed win in its final home game of the calendar year. But while the 58-46 final score is what counts in the standings, Minor’s career day is the focus, and deservedly so. (more…)