Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Owls vs. Hawks

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from St. Joe’s 70-69 victory over Temple Saturday night at Hagan Arena:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Owls vs. Hawks

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Despite foul from Temple´s Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, St. Joe´s Carl Jones manages to score. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Despite foul from Temple's Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, St. Joe's Carl Jones manages to score. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
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My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from St. Joe’s 70-69 victory over Temple Saturday night at Hagan Arena: 

Best performance:  How can you not give this award to Khalif Wyatt – even in defeat? Anyone who witnessed this game realizes that Wyatt was a one-man show. The Temple guard made seven three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 34 points. Twenty-one of his points came after intermission. He also made all five of his free throws and had three assists while playing 39 minutes.

Worst performance: I had to give this award to Scootie Randall. The Temple swingman made two of his first three shots attempts – all three-pointers. But he followed that by missing his final five shots. Randall was held scoreless the final 32:21.  He also had as many fouls (two) and rebounds (two).

Best defensive performance: This was a tough one, because St. Joe’s Halil Kanacevic blocked Wyatt’s attempted game-winning layup with .07 seconds left.  But Ronald Robert had a huge defensive presence all night. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior had a game-high three blocks to go with a steal.  Ronald was also a beast on the block, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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Best performance by a Hawk: Some could argue Roberts deserves this award. But after a lot of thought, I gave it to Kanacevic.  The 6-8, 256-pound reserve forward shot 4-for-7 from the field and went 4 of 4 from the foul line en route to scoring 12 points. Kanacevic also had nine rebounds, a game-high eight assists and two blocks.

Worst statistic: Temple post player Anthony Lee attempted just four shot attempts. Only one of those attempts came after intermission. Now, I realize that he was limited to nine second-half minutes due to foul trouble. But Lee needs to be more involved if the Owls expect to have some success.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Hawks’ points in the paint. St. Joe’s had a 40-16 scoring edge down low. The Hawks would have had much more if not for missing a lot of first-half bunnies.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the second-half performances by every Temple player not named Wyatt. His teammates were ineffective after halftime, scoring just 11 points on 4-for-19 shooting. The Owls not named Wyatt missed their final seven shot attempts. They only had one attempt in the final 2:19, which resulted in Will Cummings' missed layup with the Owls' trailing, 68-66, with 16 seconds left.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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