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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Breaking down Saturday’s final possession in Oakland's loss to North Dakota State (WITH VIDEO)

Trailing by three with 4.1 seconds remaining Saturday, Oakland, to say the least, didn’t get the shot it was looking for. Reggie Hamilton, who had hit a 3 on the Grizzlies’ previous possession, was the intended target. What transpired was different, as Laval Lucas-Perry ended up with the ball on the wing with little time to catch and shoot.

“We were either supposed to get it to Bass or Laval and I fly up the middle get it on the fly,” Hamilton said.”I couldn’t see who was playing me, but he was on me pretty tight.” 
Oakland coach Greg Kampe wasn't sugar coating anything in his shortest press conference of the season. 
“We run a play at the end of the game and the guy who’s supposed to catch the pass has his head down and doesn’t even see it,” he said. “You tell me what his focus is. The game’s on the line. Guess what? It was the same guy guarding the kid who made the shot. That’s my fault for having him in the game.”
It was a heated battle all night long, as the Grizzlies looked to avenge a 27-point loss in Fargo, N.D., late last month, a loss that briefly sent them spiraling.
“We didn’t want what they did to us in Fargo to happen again,” said Hamilton, who had a game-high 37 points, his eighth game over the 30-point mark. “We had that in the back of our minds how some of the players on North Dakota State were acting when they won the first time. That’s why there was a lot of back and forth. If you come out with a loss, that doesn’t mean anything.”


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