Sunday, December 17, 2023

Russell, KC Jones Close on 22-2 Run to Advance San Francisco

In the most dramatic late game rally we recall in any of our Value Add Basketball Games, Bill Russell and KC Jones led a 22-2 run to close out the game and deliver the San Francisco 1956 repeat champions a come-from-behind 67-56 win in the Mississippi 2001. They will next play the winner of the last two teams in the game yet to play a game - VCU and Vanderbilt.

San Francisco rises to 33rd in our all-time team rankings, while, while Mississippi drops to 161st.

This was the first time we tracked miss free throws as well, and Russell's 50% free throw percentage (1-10 made, 11-20 missed) was a factor as he went 6 of 10 and the team went 14 of 22 compared to 11 of 14 for Mississippi.

But with five minutes left, KC Jones hit two free throws to make it 56-52 and extend the game (the last five minutes or 9 possessions, a foul or fast break steal add an extra possessions). Jones then stole a pass, and fed got the ball to Russell to make it 56-54. 

Two possessions later, Jones blocked a shot and got it ahead to Hal Perry who tied the score 56-56. Russell scored again for the first San Francisco lead of the game 58-56. Then we had the new block range come into play for the first time, as on a "65" Russell blocked a would-be score on one end, then on the other end Jones hit the only 3-point number on his 1-20 range with a "1" for a 3-pointer to make it 61-56. Mississippi hit only two 3-pointers, not unusual for an early team before they actually had the line as none of them have more than a 1-1 range for hitting 3-pointers in their 1-20 range. The surprise was that Mississippi also only had three 3-pointers with Jason Holmes just missing his 1-4 range with a "5" on a made basket.

One strategy note, Carl Boldt had a steal with 5 possessions (2:44 to play) but chose NOT to have a fast break, which would have allowed the advantage of the 20-side die to be lowered by 1, but also increased the chances Boldt (only scores or is fouled on 1-8 of 20) and instead he ran the regular offense and the ball ended up with Russell (1-12 score or is fouled) who scored to make it 63-56 and not create an extra possession since the fast break was not used.
Pos       Mississippi 2001        Pts  3pt 2pt FT Att RebStl Blk Fl Ht   Summary                         
1-PGJason Flanigan6103341016'37.1 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 2.2 Ast
2-SGJason Holmes5110111026'46.3 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 1.9 Ast
3-SFDavid Sanders6030040036'76.9 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 1.9 Ast
4-PFJustin Reed-nba12052240126'1011.0 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 0.8 Ast
5-CRahim Lockhart7023461136'913.0 Pts, 8.1 Reb, 0.9 Ast
1-PGJason Harrison2010021016'27.1 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 3.0 Ast
2-SGAaron Harper9122240036'49.2 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 2.0 Ast
3-SFEmmanuel Wade2010020016'34.4 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.9 Ast
4-PFRichard Kirklin0000000036'81.9 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.2 Ast
5-CJohn Gunn7031210016'92.8 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.2 Ast
 Starting Totals563181114284220 14 Turnovers
PosSan Francisco 1956 3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlHtSummary
1-PGHal Perry12230033026'09.1 Pts, 2.0 Reb
2-SGCarl Boldt11051223026'48.6 Pts, 5.0 Reb
3-SFK.C. Jones-nba15144661116'49.8 Pts, 5.2 Reb
4-PFMike Farmer-nba5021270026'118.4 Pts, 7.8 Reb
5-CBill Russell-nba1605610130436'720.6 Pts, 21.0 Reb
1-PGHarold Payne0000010016'01.0 Pts, 0.1 Reb
2-SGJohn Koljian2002211026'51.0 Pts, 1.0 Reb
3-SFMike Preaseau2010020016'104.1 Pts, 3.1 Reb
4-PFBill Mallen2010010016'114.2 Pts, 3.5 Reb
5-CGene Brown2010010026'97.1 Pts, 4.4 Reb
 Starting Totals673221422378517 13 Turnovers

We will add a photo of the score sheet.

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