This is the second consecutive loss to Oakland. Oakland. Once at Mac Court now.
And this is also two years in a row that Ernie has some sort of complex about not fouling with precious seconds left on the clock.
With some 48 seconds left on the clock, trailing by 3, Coach Kent elected to "play defense." That is, let them drain clock til there is close to nothing left.
So we let them bleed clock until, oh, 8 seconds, at which point they created a mismatch and their best player and shooter sank a little 10-foot jumper to put the game out of reach. Thus, we were left with a 5 point deficit and 8 seconds left. We ran down the floor, Tajuan forced a foul and sank 2 free throws, but it was already a two possession game. Didn't occur to you, huh Ernie?
I wasn't ever anti-Ernie until last year. I was actually the most pro-Ernie around for the prior few years. I sent angry emails to firecoachkent.com. And look, I understand that this is a young team, and Oakland is a veteran team... but when they're in the position that they need to get the ball back with MORE than 7 seconds, you need to give them some breathing room. The way Oakland was shooting free throws, I wouldn't have been at all surprised to see them split or even clank both at the charity stripe. You need. To stop. The clock. Ugh.
But maaaaaan... maybe Mark Few can put in place fundamental coaching when his time comes.