On paper, it looks like the Explorers made a 10-0 push at the end of the game to put things close — which they did. However, if La Salle didn’t lose composure and try to play out-of-character, make-up basketball, they wouldn’t have had to rush things at the end.
Ramon Galloway finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists but his shot-selection was suspect and he again tried to do too much. Galloway finished 4 of 15 from the field — 2 of 6 from 3-point territory.
Tyrone Garland‘s 14-point performance was a nice surprise but Galloway can’t be the only one expected to hit from long range. No other Explorer hit more than a single 3-pointer.
It isn’t always about being a bona fide scorer, either. There were some absolutely fundamental flaws in La Salle’s offensive game. In particular, only three Explorers got to the free-throw line. No team can be challenged on defense if only three players are stepping into the paint to get challenge the big guys.
Only four games remain in what could either be a Cinderella season or a nightmare for La Salle. The sad thing is, it may already be too late.
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