Reggie Hamilton comes alive in second half
Oakland coach Greg Kampe felt Hamilton was tentative in the first half.
“He’s not usually a guy that will go for 22 in each half,” Kampe said. “When he sees we need him, he goes. I was mad at him because he turned down some shots in the first half, 3s against that zone, because he wanted to probe. I wanted him scoring. Then he was complaining about the ball.
“He came out and shot and once he did that, he became Reggie.”
It began at the free-throw line, where Hamilton began the night 12 for 12, as he hit two shots to tie the game after an early second-half run by Bowling Green. He then hit consecutive 3-pointers before another pair at the line, as he scored 10 straight Oakland points in nearly a four-minute span.
“There isn’t anyone in the country who can guard him,” Kampe said. “He is an unbelievable talent with the ball. He gets carried away, but all great players do.”
In the zone
Hamilton and his teammates benefited from the Falcons’ zone defense, which allowed them to shoot nearly 50 percent. They also collected 13 offensive rebounds to help their cause.
“We knew we could shoot the ball and we preached it all through practice that no team should ever be able to play zone against us,” he said. “It just comes down to us knocking down shots. Tonight, a lot of us did that.”
The Grizzlies were 28 of 59 on the night, led by Hamilton’s 10 of 16 and Travis Bader’s 8-of-17 night. “We found gaps in the high post and were able to kick it out,” Bader said.
Kampe considered it a case of each team doing what it does best.
“When you have the shooters we have, they have to stretch their zone. … They have to get out and guard us on perimeter because of the way we shoot the ball," he said.