November 4, 2010

CMU Tops Marygrove 77-38

Trey Zeigler had 20 points and was from 8-13 in 22 minutes in CMU's men's basketball team 77-38 win in an exhibition game versus Marygrove. The game was played at Trey's alma mater, Mount Pleasant High School. This was Trey's game to show that Mount Pleasant High School fans had seen for 4 years, and he answered the bell by showing is athleticism and overall ability, with his six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

"He took good shots we constantly talk about taking good shots and making plays for each other, said Coach Ernie Zeigler of his son Trey. "I think he understands good shots and bad shots. He made really good decisions and he has a high basketball IQ and he is going to continue to get better and make plays for his teammates."

CMU started out very aggressive on defense, showing their size, length and athleticism which very few former teams have been able to provide. Evidence of this was provided at half with a score of 43-11, which included 9 steals from six different players. Marygrove was held to 4-24 shooting from the field, which included 0-8 from 3's in the first half.

"I thought particularly in the first half we came out with a great sense of purpose and focus about things we have been trying to work on," said Coach Zeigler. We got after if defensively and had really good rotation. I thought we did a good job of having our defense allow us to get into transition and we took care of the ball in the first half (5 turnovers)."

The high energy and athleticism really showed from newcomers Andre Coimbra and Derek Jackson who looked impressive their debut to most Chippewa fans. Coimbra had 10 points (4-5), including a pair of 3-pointers. What he really showed was his energy and willingness to win, doing whatever it takes whether it was taking a charge on defense of end, or just hustling to the rim after a missed shot. Freshman Derek Jackson meanwhile had 15 points (6-9) and 5 steals, which came off his aggressive non-stop defensive that harassed Marygrove players all game. The highlight of this game came after Jackson stole the ball and went on a break to threw down a huge dunk which ignited the crowd.

"All three bring athleticism to this team that we haven't had before," Coach Zeigler said of Trey, Jackson, and Coimbra. "All three defensively can make plays with their athleticism and they are all high-energy type guys and I think the other guys feed off that as well. Hopefully it is something we can sustain as we start the season."

The second half was a little different than the first half, with Marygrove giving them a better battle, but still not getting the Chippewa's lead to less than 30 points. CMU outscored Marygrove 34-27 in the 2nd, which came from solid contributions from the bench and saw Zeigler clear the bench (16 players).

The game saw four players score in double figures for the Chippewas: Jalin Thomas with 13 points, Trey Zeigler (20), Andre Coimbra (10), and Derek Jackson (15). While Margygrove had two in double figures: Keontay Glazier who had 10 points and Justin McKinney. McKinney had a silent double-double for Marygrove with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Central shot 45.5% (30-66) from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from deep in the game. Another positive from this game CMU's free shooting in which they shot 78.6% (11-14), which has been an issue and point of emphasis. Overall Coach Zeigler and the Chippewa's took a step forward from pervious exhibitions and scrimmages with a 77-38 win. CMU plays their next game in Honolulu, Hawaii in the Rainbow Classic.

"We have a ways to go. We need to have a really good week of practice before we head out to Hawaii," said Coach Zeigler. "Last week I told our guys I would give us a D+ if I could give us a grade and now today's performance I would probably move it up to a C+. Hopefully we can keep getting better defensively and keep getting better as a team."

Zeigler added this when talking about playing at Mount Pleasant High School and what he expects from the crowd the rest of the season.

"It was a great atmosphere and hopefully it was a prelude to the community bringing it over to the Events Center and McGuirk Arena, said Zeigler about playing at Mount Pleasant High School. "Along with our students section, we will have a chance to have a really special season if we can have a great sixth man with the community rallying around this team this year.""


*The starters for this game: Jalin Thomas, William McClure, Trey Zeigler, Amir Rashid, and Antonio Weary.

*McClure was sick and under the weather so he only played 8 minutes. He is recovering from bronchitis. Should be ready to go when season starts though.

*CMU shot 78.4% (11-14) from FT line after 66.4% last year.

*The 2nd really gave the chance to see the depth of this team showing that they could potentially start 7-8 guys depending on the matchup.

*9 players had over 10 minutes of playing time: Thomas, Zeigler, Rashid, Weary, Craddock, Coimbra, Paris Paramore, VanArendonk, Jackson.

*Amir had a quiet game but he has the ability to create and get other people their shot when we will need them the most. He runs the offense really well and and will play good defense and score when he needs to.

*Paramore looked like the backup point guard. He has a nice shot even though he went 0-5 today, they just weren't falling. He nicely distributes the ball and is not afraid to get in the guys face defensively.

*VanArendonk and Voss were quite tonight but look for them to be a big help on defense with their size adding to the depth. Also the offense of end where they can knock down a shot if needed. Both looked very aggressive on the offense and defensive glass.

*Derek Jackson will be a big player of the bench, and is not afraid to take the shot when he needs to. He showed little fear going to the rim and is looks ready when called on in the game.

*Defensively great size and length. Great aggression and ability to get after everyone all over the court. Look for a lot of high pressure this season because we have the depth and players to do it.

*Coimbra is very athletic and has the size and length that CMU needs to take that step this year. He has a nice shot and is very versatile. Can play on the low block or step out and hit the 3. He is willing to sacrifice his body on the defense end by taking a charge. Goes after all loose balls and missed shots . It's going to be a big help this season, I see him getting a lot of playing time this year.

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