Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Long Beach State 49ers December 19, 2011 8:05pm Walter Pyramid
The Rolling Stones got it right in their song Mother's Little Helper: getting old can be a drag.
I'm still relatively young age-wise (28) but this is definitely not the time of year where I feel particularly sprightly. The cold weather reveals nagging aches and pains, the week brings a whirlwind of deadlines and minor crises that matter nowhere else but there; to try and explain this to your loved ones is to speak in an alien tongue that only your fellow cubicle-dwellers can understand. Toss in the holidays and everything that comes with them (parties, shopping, etc.) and you have quite the recipe for frazzled nerves and bleary eyes. My initial inclination is to curl up in bed and hibernate until after New Year's Day or sit at home and just watch TV, but unfortunately I have bills to pay so that's not an option. Luckily though, I had this matchup between Long Beach State and Division II Eastern New Mexico to help escape from the grind of things for a few hours at least.
I guess this is just a long-winded way of saying that A Charlie Brown Christmas can wait for another day.
This game was the last warmup for the 49ers before they headed off to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic and for long stretches of the game they had the look of a team that had their minds on a Christmas in Honolulu.
This did not please coach Dan Monson one bit. Case in point: he pulled star point guard Casper Ware about 40 seconds into the game for throwing an errant alley-oop and laid into him as soon as he reached the bench. The rest of the team obliged with lackadaisical play as well, but were never really in trouble against the visiting Greyhounds. The 49ers were able to put together a few big runs in the second half to effectively lock up the game at about the midway point of the half.
There was one close contest in the Pyramid that night however. These young ladies took the court at halftime and played a spirited ten minutes against one another which had everyone who hadn't run for the restrooms on the edge of their seats. There weren't many baskets to be had but the crowd was appreciative of the teams' efforts nonetheless. Let's just hope that they continue playing the game and maybe one day they will be able to return to this court as student-athletes.
So with another game in the books for me it looks like that may be the last game I attend this year. While the games I've been to so far have been a lot of fun I'm looking forward to so much more in the new year. Conference play will be in full swing all across Hoops Nation and I'll be sure to catch as many of those hotly-contested matchups as possible. Of all the New Year's resolutions I have made over the years I think this may be the one that will be the easiest to keep.
at LONG BEACH STATE 76, EASTERN NEW MEXICO 54 12/19/2011
LONG BEACH STATE 5-5 (0-0) -- L. Anderson 6-9 1-2 14; C. Ware 4-12 0-0 10; T. Robinson 1-5 2-4 4; E. Phelps 4-9 3-5 11; J. Ennis 5-9 3-4 15; M. Caffey 4-6 0-0 9; E. Dervisevic 4-5 0-1 8; N. Shepherd 2-2 0-0 4; C. Jackson 0-1 0-0 0; S. Starkey 0-0 0-0 0; M. Vantrimpont 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 30-58 10-18 76.
Three-point goals: - , LBSU 6-15 (L. Anderson 1-3; C. Ware 2-7; M. Caffey 1-1; J. Ennis 2-4); Rebounds: , LBSU 35 (T. Robinson 8); Assists: , LBSU 13 (E. Dervisevic 4); Total Fouls -- , LBSU 10; Fouled Out: -; LBSU-None.