First of all, congratulations to the Women’s squad for their 65-50 point victory over the USD Coyotes. Now, lets discuss the first half developments of the second of two South Dakota rivalry games today.
No Daum, No Problem
Jackrabbit standout Mike Daum found himself in foul trouble early. It is obvious that USD is going after Daum early on offense to get him on the bench. When Mike Daum was placed on the bench he had two personal fouls and six points. However, the Jackrabbits have responded as a team as everyone has been pitching in. Severyn, Tellinhusen, Key, Flatten and especially Jenkins Jr. have all been making plays tonight. With Daum on the bench they ended the first half with a 12-point lead.
Davide Jenkins Jr.
With Mike Daum in foul trouble the FRESHMAN guard has stepped up in the first half, scoring 16 points. The commentators can’t stop saying his name. Hopefully the offense continues to hum along when Daum renters the game.
USD star Matt Mooney has not exactly been shutdown, but he has not been allowed to run rampant on the court so far tonight. This was a battle that I highlighted as crucial for the Jackrabbits. Clearly, the defense has been frustrating him as he let his emotions known after being called for an offensive foul. He currently has 12 points and two personal fouls.
Flatten Getting in the Highlights
Flatten has had some big highlight reel plays so far. With a savage block on Matt Mooney and an electrifying alley-oop dunk. A play the Jackrabbits burned the Coyotes three times on during their last regular season matchup.
So far so good. But there is plenty of basketball left.