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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 14, 2012

Oakland Gaines confidence at IPFW, settles in

IPFW forward Frank Gaines averaged 22 points in two games against Oakland last season. The Grizzlies held him to just 19 points Saturday on 6-of-11 shooting.
”I was very pleased with us defensively. Many of those baskets were tough to get and Drew Valentine did a wonderful job on Gaines,” Kampe said.
Gaines played 35 minutes, 11 more than anyone else on the team. With him on lockdown, that left Mario Hines as IPFW’s biggest contributor.
Everybody is shooting it well against us,” Kampe said. “We shut them down in the second half, but our young bigs couldn’t guard (Hines). He was too athletic. We’ve got to learn how to defend a guy like that and maybe as coaches, we have to help him. As we get closer to March and maybe we’ll put some double (-teams) in.”
Hines finished with a team-high 20 for the Mastodons.
With four losses in conference play before the month of February, Kampe thinks his Grizzlies are in a better position than before.
“We’re good shooters,” Kampe said. “The pressure of three-peating and everything is off. The pressure of all the winning streaks are all of us. This young team doesn’t feel the pressure and it’s like ‘Let’s go play’ and you’re seeing a team that’s starting to get its feet.”
The Grizzlies continue their three-game road trip at Southern Utah, the longest trip in conference play, and then their final stop at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla. next Saturday.
“We’ve been playing like we did in November,” Kampe said. “We’ve got a tough road trip. Can we keep that going?
“Can we get back in this thing? I’ll let you know in two weeks.”
The Grizzlies are back to .500 in conference play after losing four straight.

Kampe on Ryan Bass: “Ryan Bass is getting a chance because of somebody else’s diminished time. Ryan has stepped up and if he continues to play the way he has, when March comes around, we’re going to be a tough out.”
Bass had a career-high 15 points in 22 minutes in his third consecutive start.

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