Maverick Maniac's Musings

August 8, 2008

Summer League Finale Review

Filed under: College Sports,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 2:57 am

Not as a good a night for UNO fans.  UNO took an early lead on UNK but had their lead trimmed to 1 by the half.  As the 2nd half began UNO again got out to an early lead but UNK came storming back and ran past the Mavericks, winning the game 75-67.  UNO struggled to contain the inside presence of Kearney Grad Nick Branting.  Matt Akins struggled to stay in the game and as a result Kearney was able to dominate the paint.  UNO also didn’t see huge games from several of their bigger players.  Kearney got a huge game again from Junior Drake Beranek.  All in all though the Mavericks still looked good as a team against a Kearney team that is greatly helped from Branting.  I think the Mavericks will be better than Kearney this year, but after losing twice to Kearney in the Summer League, there will be a lot of desire to beat them.

In the second game UNO’s Grads got some leads, but weren’t ever able to put PCS Phosphate away.  Without P’Allen Stinnett, Omar Bynum took over as leader of the team and helped distribute the ball.  Stanley Boateng showed up big time as did Cole Salomon.  UNO had the ball with 40 seconds left and the game tied at 71.  Kelvin Capels drove the lane and tried to hit a layup but it rolled off.  In OT UNO jumped to a lead but PCS pulled away to win 78-74.

In the final, Kearney took on PCS Phosphate.  The obvious advantage belonged to Kearney who had the hour break.  Kearney jumped out to an early lead and it looked like PCS wasn’t going to hang with them but things changed late in the first half when Drake Beranek disloacted his left pinky finger.  He tried to jam it back in but was unable to complete the game.  PCS came back in the 2nd half but was unable to stick with them in the end and faded down the stretch.  Kearney won the game 91-75.

This summer league season was awesome.  Got to see lots of good ball and I feel it really helped these teams.  Can’t wait for the regular season and then next summer league.

I feel good about UNO’s season, but i think it depends on Matt Akins.  It he can’t give UNO 25 quality minutes inside they are gonna struggle to compete.  They just don’t have enough depth to make up for him not playing well.


1 Comment »

  1. Sounds like you know your stuff. 🙂 basketball rocks! It was nice chatting with you tonight.

    Comment by Jessica Miszuk — August 8, 2008 @ 4:41 am | Reply

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