Author's note: This is part three of the Nothing Technical About It Recaps based off "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass detailing three Portland games within a 9-day period. Part 1 (UP@USF), Part 2 (USD@UP).
As mentioned last time, I was invited to visit the Twilight Room before Portland played San Francisco for the second time in two weeks, a quirk of having nine teams in the WCC.
Upon entering, I briefly talked with Geoff, one of the Pep Band's guitarists and Villa Drum Squad leaders, to Seth and then got into an explanatory conversation with another patron about my life, my future and the recent athletic success and struggles of the University. I learned to stay safe and find jobs that will keep you happy, even if the number of jobs keep moving overseas. Obviously as the job market is interesting to say the least, the near future is interesting. One of the more odd experiences is being asked for my ID even though I was not planning to drink at noon on a Saturday.
Upon getting to campus with Seth, we got to talking about our recaps, this game and the conversation started by a representative of the student support section on the message board that came off as a little haughty, unintentionally painting themselves as special guests that would only come for special occasions.
As Seth mentioned the Villa Drum Squad has been the soccer support group for the last couple decades. This year they have branched out into volleyball and occasionally women's basketball. The awkward part is their want to use songs every so often for chants. They might work for a possession or two, but one does not need to be singing for entire blocks of play because tempo changes and variety can help affect the mood of a game. Similar to Pilot Riot, the Drum Squad does not always do research so they resorted to number calling, easy jabs at Coach Walters' name being similar to a dog's and Cody Doolin's scrawny build.
Even after I gave them the roster I got down in San Francisco and reminded them of the lopsided victory in San Francisco, some of the members still resorted to number calling. Hopefully with more experience, they can help the other all male dorms turn Chiles back to into a formidable place.
Eric Waterford had received the start after Thursday's performance, an example of Reveno's plan to reward the people who excel in practice and games with starts in action, but hurt his leg after only a few minutes. He looked like he had finally come back to last year's form and could help the team rebound from the troublesome start but inevitably, this game will hurt you and is far from fair.
Luckily, San Francisco only hit five superhoops for the entire game and Portland was able to take the lead into the half due to steals, good teamwork and USF coming from a somewhat close game in Spokane.
However the youth got the best of them and USF put on a 19-2 run aided by missed shots and several of Portland's 20 turnovers to lead by 7 at the under 8 Media Timeout.
Portland slowly edged down the lead via free throws and had cut it to two after a Tanner Riley superhoop with 37 seconds left. Free throws gave USF a three point lead with 17 seconds left. The plan to tie it fell on Senior Nemanjia Mitrovic but his shooting touch behind the arc was off this season due to pressure to perform, a changing system or luck. Riley corralled the rebound and laid it in with a few seconds left but USF inbounded it and escaped with a one point victory.
The big downside of this game is how quickly the game passed. Even though I had the rest of the day ahead of me, I just wanted this type of basketball to continue. Sure, they had a nine-point lead, had blown it and nearly come back, but they looked confident and capable of winning in front of the students.
Like Seth, I also enjoyed the alumni game and got to see some lopsided basketball between players I was too young to see perform for the school. As Seth also said, some of the guys were still in decent shape to play and could have helped to get the current players into shape against the more physical big men in the conference.
Hopefully I will be lucky enough to swing by Chiles in a few decades and be able to see how some of the players that helped get the school its first national ranking in decades were able to navigate the European leagues but also through life.
SAN FRANCISCO 72, at PORTLAND 71 01/21/2012
SAN FRANCISCO 13-9 (3-5) -- R. Green 3-7 5-7 11; A. Caloiaro 4-10 2-4 12; M. Williams 1-11 1-2 3; C. Doolin 4-6 5-6 15; C. Dickerson 5-6 2-3 13; D. O'Connor 2-4 4-4 8; P. Blackwell 4-8 0-1 8; J. Raffington 1-1 0-0 2; G. Hoffmann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 19-27 72. PORTLAND 5-15 (2-5) -- T. van der Mars 5-9 2-3 12; K. Bailey 5-10 3-5 13; D. Rodgers 2-5 6-7 10; D. Cason 3-4 3-4 10; R. Nicholas 1-3 4-4 6; T. Riley 4-9 0-0 10; N. Mitrovic 0-7 2-2 2; D. Carr 1-3 0-0 3; T. Douglas 0-3 4-4 4; E. Waterford 0-0 1-2 1; J. Bailey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 25-31 71.
Three-point goals: SF 5-20 (R. Green 0-2; A. Caloiaro 2-8; M. Williams 0-6; C. Dickerson 1-1; C. Doolin 2-3), PORT 4-15 (N. Mitrovic 0-3; T. Riley 2-6; T. Douglas 0-1; K. Bailey 0-1; D. Carr 1-2; D. Cason 1-2); Rebounds: SF 27 (C. Dickerson 7), PORT 38 (T. van der Mars 9); Assists: SF 13 (P. Blackwell 3), PORT 11 (K. Bailey 4); Total Fouls -- SF 22, PORT 23; Fouled Out: SF-P. Blackwell; PORT-R. Nicholas.