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I kind of remember bad things happening the last time Bona played at Siena. It was years ago. I think the COVID year they did not play. My memory is not good though.
 

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Siena's been pretty schizoid so far this year--wins over Seton Hall and a depleted Florida State team, "good" losses to Ole Miss and Georgetown, and not-so-good losses to Army and Harvard. And they're traditionally pretty tough in Albany, so it all depends on which Indians (sorry, Saints) decide to show up...
 

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This Bona team is so flawed. The little things are all out of whack: shitty free throw shooting, standing and watching when shots go up, and lazy perimeter passing. It's exhausting to watch.

It's also not fun to have a bunch of transfers from the MAAC, Patriot, NEC, and MEAC. They look the part.
 

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Well when they make the shots they look great, 😅
You know what it is? It's mid-tier MAAC ball. Two guards who dominate the ball, pound it into the ground, and throw up shots. There are nights they fall, but it's a losing style.

Luc, by the way, continues to inexplicably pick up his dribble 25 feet from the bucket.

Oh, and zero point zero lineup adjustments... again. Can we never go a little small? Hill at the 5 with Evans and Farell on the wings? It doesn't always work in today's game to force feed aircraft carrier centers. What about Rumpel, Luc (off the ball), and Banks?
 

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It is bullshit MAAC/NEC mid major ball. They always stum someone in the dance because some dude goes 8 for 11 from 3 and they protect the ball for once.

It's not reliable and that's you have to create good offense. Small ball dribble chuck it is not a sustainable offense to win in a real league. We are gonna get run often this A10 season.
 

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Oh, and zero point zero lineup adjustments... again. Can we never go a little small? Hill at the 5 with Evans and Farell on the wings? It doesn't always work in today's game to force feed aircraft carrier centers. What about Rumpel, Luc (off the ball), and Banks?
Let me know when you’re ready. I have over half a dozen lineup combinations that we are robbing ourselves of at least trying to see what their potential is. For some stubborn reason that I can’t pretend to know, that apparently dictates no one ever play out of their day 1 position, we've implemented none of them.
 

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The offense is accurate as described above. Attacking the rim is a near impossibility. F'ing NOBODY moves without the ball in freelance ways. I've said it before, Banks' game is off ball looks or quick pops. If your offense is heavily reliant on him creating out of nothing, you're in trouble. Farrell attacked and finished once tonight, and I thought my eyes deceived me. Some of it is confidence that needs to be found, Most of it is stagnancy, or even regression, in being able to develop a cohesive, rhythmic offense.

The amount of dumb fouls, defensive lapses and sloppy turnovers at pivotal moments was dizzying.

My brain is split. There's the optimist half, who remembers a 2019 team that started 4-10, and got run out of the gym by teams they'd later go on to run out of the gym themselves. That half also tires to justify the recent slide by recalling that we started 5-2, with 4 wins against teams who are marginally worse to better than the 4 teams we've lost to in our last 5 games.

The pessimist, or maybe realist half, tells me 2019 featured a killer in Stock and a dirty work specialist in Griff, of which we have neither right now. This half also tells me that teams simply have tape on us now, and we're damn easy to figure out, especially when we don't have 500 Bona students screaming us to the finish line.
 

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So the Bonnies looked terrible, but how about those Hawks?????
Anything constructive to say about their game? I did not watch it. There were a couple SJU fans on here but they don't pop up much anymore. Lots of Bona fans though. I am actually interested in what they are saying about their offense and players.
 

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CB3PT, that team also had Lofton and Welch. 2019 was way more complete than this one. Stockard could create his own offense, he had teammates that moved without the ball. Griffin was always sniffing a slip through the lane. Kaputo would be starting PG on today's team.
Not to get nit picky but Griffin was not on the 18-19 team.

I have nothing else to say other than the obvious frustrations that have been pointed out already. Its not looking like a fun season ahead.
 

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CB3PT, that team also had Lofton and Welch. 2019 was way more complete than this one. Stockard could create his own offense, he had teammates that moved without the ball. Griffin was always sniffing a slip through the lane. Kaputo would be starting PG on today's team.
Fair. They also didn’t get fully healthy until conference play. So their bad start was really like 5-5 before rattling a bunch off. Reality is ceiling is lower on this one.

Still, really what I mean is this team isn't devoid of talent. Farrell and Evans have the talent to be every bit as impactful as other standout freshmen. Many of these other guys can play in some form. Everything we've complained about in this thread was blatant game 1, and we've made no progress through an entire OOC. That's what's maddening. If we suck, we suck. Okay, fine. There's enough here though where we should have seen something progress.

Pause a moment for Kapto. Good enough to start on a mid-tier A10 team, never started, PT was sporadic, made an impact when he could. That kind of guy lasting 4 years is never happening at Bona or most schools again.
 
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