Saturday, February 10, 2024

Celtic Pride: Cowens, Florida State Edge Parish, Centenary

Our tournament of the last 26 teams added to the Value Add Basketball Game, each including one of the greatest 75 players of all time, kicked off with Dave Cowens (12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 blocked shots) edging Robert Parish (12 points, 10 rebounds) 69-64.

We give Cowens the slight individual edge in the game as well, because he is a rare center who is excellent at steals and came up with six crucial ones that might have been the difference in the game.

Because the two Celtics' Hall of Fame Centers both boosted a -6 defense and guarded each other, their dunk ranges were lowered to 51-50 (no automatic dunks) as they were each so hard to score on, while the rest of both teams were weak defenders and thus were able to score on each other - particularly the two power forwards.

It as a back and forth game, with Centenary taking a 42-32 lead with 17:28 (29 possessions left) to play. but then Florida State responded with lockdown defense to only allow one basket in the next 15 possessions to take a 53-44 lead.

Parish did lead one last run when he scored twice, and then grabbed and offensive rebound and passed to Barry McLeod for a bucket to tie it 62-62 before Florida State's point guard Jeff Hogan led a final surge.

Florida State advances to play the No. 1 seed Michigan - the Fab 5.
Pos         Centenary (LA) 1976       Pts   3pt  2pt  FT  Att  Reb  Stl  Blk  Fl
1-PGBobby White201001102
2-SGJohn Pitts301122112
3-SFNate Bland703116021
4-PFBarry McLeod1507112002
5-CRobert Parish12052210242
PosBench VisitorsPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl
1-PGRicardo Brown402002101
2-SGAl Barnes402002001
3-SFWalter Louis201001001
4-PFLeRoy Hoggs201001001
5-CCal Smith1306135003
 19 Turnovers6402969325716
PosFlorida St. 1968Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl
1-PGJeff Hogan1405443201
2-SGDarrel Stewart402002102
3-SFJan Gies913004001
4-PFDick Danford1206006012
5-CDave Cowens1205238662
PosBench HomePts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl
1-PGRandy Cable201001101
2-SGBob Depathy603001001
3-SFCarl Reynolds201002001
4-PFDale Klay402002002
5-CDave Ross400451001
 16 Turnovers6912810123010714

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