Sunday, March 17, 2013

Patton Gets Flyout, Broncos Win

8-7 final.

8-7 on Top of 7th

Two out and two on for Idaho State.

Glover Comes Through

A single down the line scores two, then Tara advances to second on a wild pitch.  That heads-up play forced ISU to walk Bridges, reloading the bases for Mackenzie Whyte.  Boise State leading 8-7, still one out.

Broncos Try To Rally

Weir hit by pitch, forcing in a run.  But then Holly Bourke hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in Kreiger being tagged out at home.  One out and the bases still juiced.

Collier, Kreiger and McCray Single

Boise State bounces back with the bases loaded, no one out.

If Makenna Weir can do something, we get to Bourke, Glover and Bridges.

Idaho State Leads 7-5

Boise State having a tough time with the Big Sky.  It's a deficit now for the Lady Broncos, down 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth.

It'll be Collier, Kreiger and then the top of the lineup due up for Boise State.

Boise State Trying To Stave Off Rally

Thanks to a homer and another run, Idaho State has narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the fifth.  The Bengals of the Big Sky have two on and no one out.

Boise State Continues To Lead Idaho State 5-3

through four innings.

A Quick Look At LaSalle

LaSalle, like Boise State, received an at-large berth into the 2013 Big Dance. The Philadelphia school from the Atlantic 10 Conference, like Boise State, features a smaller lineup that can really shoot.

The Explorers are led by Ramon Galloway at 17 points a game. He has taken the most three-point attempts of the team, hitting 80-199 (40.2%). Galloway can also drive the hoop, and the Broncos want to be aware of this. Gallaway connected on 96-of-117 free throws, many resulting from his forays into the lane.

Tyreek Duran averaged 15.0 points this season and hit 45-of-114 three-pointers for 39.5%. Duran is also a penetrator, and is 105-136 from the line.  Tyrone Garland is another double-figure scorer at 12.9 points a game and Jerrell Wright is hitting at a 10.3 points per game clip and also pulls down 6.9 rebounds a contest.

Steve Zack gives LaSalle a decidable height advantage inside. Zack is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

LaSalle scores 72.4 points a game to 66.0 points for their opponents. The Explorers shoot 44.8% from the field, 37.1% from three-point range, and a solid 73.8% from the line. They were outrebounded this year, 1,040 to 951. With their quick guard-heavy lineup, they average 8.1 steals a game, something else the Broncos will have to be wary of.

LaSalle lost a tough game at home to Central Connecticut State (81-74), before reeling off five straight wins. Included in that streak were wins over NCAA Tournament team Villanova and Penn State. LaSalle scored an impressive 54-53 win over Butler and a 69-61 road win at another tourney team--VCU.

Both teams are excited and ready for the challenge. It should be a great game Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. Tipoff is at 7:10 p.m. Mountain time.

Bridges, Work Get Boise State Off To Lead

Boise State struck for four first-inning runs, both on two-run homers (by Devon Bridges and Lela Work) and leads Idaho State 4-1 in the second.

Boise State Beat #8, #7, #7 and #5 Seeds

Four wins against Top 8 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.  Not bad.

Boise State Has To Play Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

No respect for Broncos, dragged all the way down to a #13 seed.  They appear to be the last team chosen.  Boise State will play LaSalle Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. in Dayton.

BREAKING--Boise State Wins Blue Gray Tennis Classic

Wow, knocking off three consecutive ranked teams to do it, and two days in a row in dramatic fashion.  Pogostkin lost his third set 7-5 but Sereke came through with a late break to win 6-3, 6-4.

Patton's boys are Blue Gray Champions--huge!

Pfister with a late break

Pfister of Texas Tech serving for the match with Pogostkin.  Filipp led 5-4, but now trails 6-5.  With Sereke locked in a long match, Pogo really wants to rally.

Still no further breaks

Pogostkin leads 5-4 in third set, while Sereke trails 4-3 in second set.

Current Blue Gray Update

Boise State leads 3-2.  Pogostkin leads at #2 singles, 4-3.  Sereke behind 3-2 in second set but won first set in that lengthy affair.

Tenreiro Wins 6-2, 7-5

Boise State one match away.  Pogostkin is even at one set apiece and Sereke's match filled with long volleys, but Nathan is up one set.

Pogostkin leads 3-2 in third set, while Dias of Tech leads 3-2 in the second set at #3 singles.

Patton Wins, 6-3, 7-5

Boise State has pulled even with Texas Tech for the Blue Gray Championship in Montgomery.  Sereke, Pogostkin and Tenreiro left.  Two of them must win.

Boise State Players Winning Three of 6

A little improvement here, but 3 out of 6 isn't going to do it.  Pogostkin and Tenreiro have to win, I believe, for Boise State to take this.

Bettles Wins, 6-3, 6-3

Bettles' win comes at a key time when Tech has all the momentum.  Hopefully, he can do as well cheering on his teammates as he did on the court today.  2-1, Texas Tech.

Soares Breaks Through for Texas Tech

Sears loses 6-2, 6-4 and the Red Raiders lead in the championship match 2-0.

Pogo Loses 6-2

in second set after winning first set 6-0.  They go to three.

Also, Tenreiro lost his break in second set and now tied 5-5.

Tide definitely turning, at least for now, with Boise State winning just two of six second sets.  Only the two breaks, though--Pogostkin lost and Bettles leads 5-1.

Sereke Wins First Set 6-3

Nathan joins four other victorious Bronco singles players by winning first set.  

Boise State only winning three of six in second set, though.  Breaks are even at one apiece.

Pfister Storms Back

Don't know what happened in that first set, but Pfister of Texas Tech leads Pogostkin in the second, 5-2.

Bettles Gets Break In Second Set

Andy up 3-0 after winning first set.

Tenreiro Up a Break in Second Set

Thomas took the opener, 6-2, and leads in set #2--2 to nothing.

Bettles Wins First Set

Big matchup here between Bettles & Manzini.  Bettles takes the first set 6-3 to become the fourth Bronco to win the opening set.  Lots of tennis left.

Tenreiro Wins First Set 6-2

Three Broncos have won first set to one for Texas Tech.  Bettles leads 4-3 at #1 singles, but no breaks.

Sears Loses 6-2

Scott supposed to be part of that strong 4-5-6 lineup for Boise State.

Pogostkin Wins

6-0, the second Bronco to win his first set.

Patton Wins First Set

6-3.  As just posted, Pogostkin leads 5-0 at #2 singles, while Tenreiro now leads at #4 singles, 5-2.

Pogostkin Opens 5-0 Lead

Filipp opens big lead at #2 singles.  Boise State leads in four of six matches, with breaks in two of them.

Tenreiro Gets First Break

Thomas up 2-0 at #4 singles.

Texas Tech Wins Doubles Point

9-8 tie-breaker at #1.  Boise State in same position as yesterday.

#1 Doubles Tied At 8

We're going to a tie-breaker.

Bettles & Sereke Now Lead 8-7

The British Broncos have battled back and lead 8-7.  Each team has won one doubles match so this is the decider.

Patton & Sears Win

Garrett & Scott got it done, winning 9-7.  Now all eyes on the #1 court.

Bettles & Sereke Lose a Break

The #1 doubles team trails 7-6.  Patton & Sears lead 8-7, no breaks at #2 doubles.

Mitchell & Pogostkin Lose

Texas Tech has won the first doubles match at #3, 9-7 over Toby Mitchell & Filipp Pogostkin.

Boise State Battles Back in Blue Gray Championship

Bettles & Sereke have gotten back to even (6-6) at #1 doubles.  Toby Mitchell and Fillipp Pogostkin also have gotten a break and are tied at 7.  Garrett Patton & Scott Sears still holding serve, leading 6-5 at #2 doubles.

Wanderley and Zambon Get Break

Now a break at #3 doubles and Texas Tech is up 5-4 there.  Bettles and Sereke continue to trail at #1 doubles 5-3.

Bettles & Sereke Trail

Apparently early misinformation from the Blue Gray.  Bettles & Sereke do trail at #1 doubles 4-2.  The other two doubles teams are both holding serve.

Blue Gray Switch

At first, we heard that Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke had a break at #1 doubles.  Now, the score has been reversed and they trail 4-1.  Which is it?  This isn't tough.

They Are Underway In Montgomery

After Boise State's women took it to Michigan State, the Bronco men are now in action in the championship match of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic vs. Texas Tech.  Stay tuned for the best updates in the state of Idaho.

Bronco Women Beat Michigan State At Blue-Gray

The Boise State women, seeing how the Bronco men made it possible to make some noise at the Blue Gray Tennis Classic, followed suit today and beat Michigan State 4-3.

They did it in the same way the men did yesterday, falling behind in doubles, then rallying for four singles wins.

Sandy Vo evened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Then, after a Spartan win at #6 singles,  Megan LaLone got it done with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at #4 singles.  Morgan Basil followed by rallying 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to win at #2 singles, and the Broncos were a point away.  Michigan State prevailed at #5 singles to tie the match, and Marlena Pietzuch sent the Broncos home happy with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win at #1 singles.

Current List of Automatic NCAA Bids

27 Automatic Bids thus far:

Belmont (Ohio Valley)
James Madison (Colonial)
Valparaiso (Horizon)
Creighton (Missouri Valley)
Liberty (Big South)
Harvard (Ivy)
Long Island (Northeast)
Akron (Mid-American)
Bucknell (Patriot)
Gonzaga (West Coast)
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
South Dakota State (Summit)
Davidson (Southern)
Iona (Metro Atlantic)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Albany (America East)
New Mexico (Mountain West)
Kansas (Big 12)
Louisville (Big East)
Memphis (Conference USA)
Oregon (Pac-12)
New Mexico State (WAC)
Pacific (Big West)
Montana (Big Sky)
Northwestern State (Southland)
Southern (SWAC)
North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern)