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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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ryan Bass kicks himself in the Bass

Sophomore Ryan Bass got extended minutes Saturday against IUPUI, making his second straight start. After a poor showing against Western Illinois Thursday, Bass came through with a career-high 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. He was 0 for 5 from the floor with four turnovers to just one assist in 25 minutes in his first start two days prior.
“The insertion of Bass into the lineup with confidence, before he was injured, he was heading toward this,” Kampe said. “The get the ball to the rim harder and more often.”
Bass was 4 of 6 from the free-throw line in the six-game-slump-ending victory.
“I like that (Ryan) Bass has a chance to establish himself as a player. Instead of waiting until next year to find out, he’s getting his opportunity now,” Kampe said.
Teams know to gameplan against an established guard like Reggie Hamilton. They’re going to have a hard time stopping both.
“With Ryan’s scoring ability, pressure on me gave Ryan a wide-open lane several times,” Hamilton said. “There’s not a lot of players who can guard Bass one on one when he gets hot.”
Kampe said on WXOU Tuesday afternoon he regrets burning Matt Poches’ redshirt so quickly, but the situation regarding Bass’ absence is a tricky situation because concussion symptoms take much observation and precaution. Kampe said it was unfair to the team’s seniors to not do everything in his power to keep the team up to speed on the fly, rather than potentially losing without trying to stem the tide.
On “The Greg Kampe Show,” a WXOU staple (Tuesdays at 4 p.m.), Kampe went better into detail regarding the instance in which Bass suffered the concussion, the second in his life, which led to a five-game absence. Kampe said Bass fell victim to a Blake Cushingberry ball screen and hit his head on the court on his way to the ground.
Greg Kampe said they "haven't gone down that road yet" regarding whether Cushingberry, who was later dismissed from the team, will return to the team next season.

Notes: The Grizzlies snapped a seven-game streak in which they didn’t lead at halftime. Their 12-point halftime lead was their largest since defeating South Dakota Dec. 1, a span of 12 games. … In all nine of Oakland’s wins this season, it has attempted more free throws than its opponents. The Grizzlies shot 31 attempts to IUPUI’s 17, making 24. Hamilton was perfect from the line for the 12th time this season, going 9 for 9. … Hamilton shot 10 of 14 for a season-high 71 percent from the floor. … With 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, Corey Petros has reached double figures in three of his last four games and reached a career high against a conference opponent. … Drew Valentine chipped in nine points and eight rebounds, but his biggest contribution could’ve been holding conference leading scorer Alex Young to only six points in the first half (1 for 7). Thirteen of Young’s 16 second-half points came during the final 12:26, after Oakland had amassed a double-digit lead.

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