Sunday, January 29, 2006

Virginia Tech 76, Wake Forest 70

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg actually had something to cheer about Saturday afternoon, as his team finally won its first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech Hokies, playing with only eight readily-dressed players from their full roster, were actually to able win an ACC matchup on Saturday, as they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a score of 76-70 at Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.

Leading the way for Virginia Tech was the impressive play of 6'6" swingman A.D. Vassallo, who was able to knock down several crucial buckets for the Hokies in crunch time. Filling in for the suspended sophomore Deron Washington, the freshman small forward out of Puerto Rico finished with a career-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Junior shooting guard Jamon Gordon was also key in the Hokies' success, as he added 21 points to go along with a season-high total of 14 rebounds.

Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, both players were extremely instrumental in a late Hokies' 13-0 run that would set Virginia Tech up to eventually come away with the win.

Other Hokies worth mentioning in the winning effort were junior point guard Zabian Dowdell and sophomore small forward Wynton Witherspoon, who both saw significant minutes and finished with respective totals of 11 and 10 points each.

With the win, Virginia Tech was able to increase their conference record to 1-6, with an overall 11-9 season record. With that being said, the Hokies will return into action Tuesday night as they play host to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-9, 2-5).

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hokie Basketball Recap - Duke 80, Virginia Tech 67

Point guard Zabian Dowdell (center) had a stellar outing in Virginia Tech's losing effort, leading the Hokies with 21 points on 10-for-18 shooting. (AP Photo)

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- We all remember last month how Duke small forward Sean Dockery miraculously nailed that half-court prayer to top the Hokies by a score of 77-75. Well, no acts of God were necessary Thursday night for Dockery, or any other Duke player for that matter, as the Blue Devils came into Cassell Coliseum and handily won over the Hokies 80-67.

Leading the way for Coach Krzyzewski's team was the effective 1-2 punch of shooting guard J.J. Reddick and center Shelden Williams, who both finished with game-high totals of 24 points. All throughout the night, Williams was a force to be reckoned with on the inside, as he was able to continuously manhandle Virginia Tech center Coleman Collins down low.

Unfortunately for Virginia Tech, when Williams wasn't scoring one of his nine baskets, or grabbing one of his 15 rebounds, Reddick was draining jump shots from along the baseline, or taking Hokie defenders to the basket for easy lay-ups. Defensively, Virginia Tech did an average job in defending J.J., as they really didn't force him to take the toughest of shots. I myself would have been much more satisfied with the defensive job put on Reddick if he had consistently been forced into making those spectacular shots that he is so well known for. That was not the case though, as on several occasion, the nation's deadliest sharpshooter could be seen wide open within the three-point arc, and when he was left uncontested, he easily delivered.

Despite coming down with another ACC loss, several bright spots did exist for Seth Greenberg's squad. The most notable of those was the impressive play of point guard Zabian Dowdell, who finished with a team-high 21 points on a respectable 10-for-18 shooting. Using his size to his advantage, the 6'3 junior out of Florida was consistently able to penetrate the Duke defense and sink the easy jumper, or finish around the rim.

Center Coleman Collins also had a respectable night, earning a double-double after finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. As was mentioned earlier though, Collins had his hands full in guarding Williams, and couldn't stop the big man from dominating throughout the game.

Another standout for the Hokies offensively was sophomore forward Deron Washington, who added 12 points and 7 boards before getting ejected late in the second half. Officials threw out Washington after a flagrant foul, and while on the floor, Washington gave one heck of an 'unintentional' kick to Duke forward Lee Melchionni's face. Afterwards, Washington was reported having apologized to Coach K. and Melchionni, claiming it was an innocent act.

With the loss, the Hokies fall to 10-9 on the year and add yet another ACC loss, dropping their conference record to 0-6. Saturday will hopefully serve as a means of grabbing that first coveted win, as Virginia Tech will travel to Winston-Salem desperate for a victory against the struggling Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Hokie Basketball Recap - Maryland 81, Virginia Tech 72

Virginia Tech's Wynton Witherspoon (left), or any other Hokie for that matter, had a tough time in stopping Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley (center), who finished with a season-high 23 points. (AP Photo)

Okay, so 17 games into the season and I was yet to write once about Virginia Tech basketball, that was due mainly in part to laziness, not incompetence. So do trust me I actually know a good bit about basketball, or at least I'd like to think that way, so here's a little recap I put together of the Hokies' latest action on the basketball court.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Virginia Tech's ACC woes continued Saturday night, as the Hokies dropped their conference record to a dismal 0-5 by losing to the Maryland Terrapins in front of a capacity crowd of 17,950 at the Comcast Center. Despite leading early, the Hokies folded late, and were outscored 44-34 in the final half to end the game by a losing score of 81-72.

For Virginia Tech, point guard Zabian Dowdell and center Coleman Collins continued to display their success in leading the team offensively, as each scored 21 and 18 points respectively. Unfortunately for the Hokies however, Dowdell shot an unimpressive 8-19 from the floor, including a lackluster 1-for-7 effort from behind the three-point arc. With that being said though, Dowdell wasn't the only Hokie having shooting troubles from three-point range. On the night, the Tech basketball team as a whole managed to only knock down 2 three pointers, of their 13 attempts.

Fortunately, however for Seth Greenberg and company, Maryland's shooting wasn't much better. In breaking down both teams' shooting performances, the Terrapins only held a slim edge in overall field goal shooting percentage (48 as compared to 45) and three point accuracy (3-10 as compared to 2-13). When looking at perhaps the other most important statistic in the game, rebounding, Maryland outdid Virginia Tech yet again, but on a much grander scale. The Terrapins, considered as one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, really took advantage of the Hokies' lack of size down low, out-boarding them by a considerable margin of 39-27.

Offensively for the Terrapins, Maryland senior forward Nik Caner-Medley was really able to shine, as he put up a smooth 23 points on a 9-for-14 shooting effort to go along with 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist. After having a quiet opening to the game, Caner-Medley's impressive shooting in the second half was the prime difference maker in putting away the Hokies.

When asked about Caner-Medley's performance, Dowdell said, ""He's a very versatile player. He can post you up, he's very strong, and he can shoot the ball. He's very hard to guard."

Coach Greenberg went on to add, "We really had a tough time matching up against him. He played with great intensity and he was tougher than us, especially in the second half."

With the loss, the Hokies fell to 10-8 on the season, and will look to improve upon their record this Thursday in a bitter rematch against the Blue Devils. Foregoing any game-winning, miracle half-court buzzer-beaters, this outing could serve as the Hokies first ACC win.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hokie Football: Marcus @ Mickey D's

Found this on Facebook, a good laugh.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Hokie Football: The Marcus ConVick Experience

Like they say, when it rains, it pours.

Those words can definitely relate to Marcus Vick, who as of late can't seem to stay out of negative limelight. As I'm sure you all are already aware of, the ex-Hokie quarterback was arrested today on firearms charges for allegedly pulling a loaded gun on three teenagers in a McDonald's parking lot in Suffolk, Virginia.

Associated Press reports state that Vick would later go on to "surrender himself at the Suffolk magistrate's office after three warrants were issued for his arrest Sunday."

As far as the consequences that Vick faced, the report went on to mention that, "The 21-year-old Vick was charged with three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm, and was released on $10,000 bond."

With that being said though, here's my favorite part: "If convicted of all three counts, Vick could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and a $7,500 fine, Suffolk police spokeswoman Lt. Debbie George said in a statement."

That could put a little damper on any plans to go pro.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Hokie Football: No More Marcus

Today Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was officially given the boot, a result of his misbehaving and off-the-field controversies. His "permanent dismissal" has prompted mixed reactions, many of which agree with his consequences as a result of his trouble-making. Here is the official statement on the issue, released earlier today by university president Charles W. Steger:

"Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick has been permanently dismissed from the Hokie football program due to a cumulative effect of legal infractions and unsportsmanlike play.

Virginia Tech had suspended Vick in 2004. The university provided one last opportunity for Vick to become a citizen of the university and readmitted him in January 2005, with the proviso that any future problems would result in automatic dismissal from the team."


VT.edu's write-up also stated:

"Head Football Coach Frank Beamer met with Vick and his mother this afternoon and informed the quarterback and his family of the University's decision. His recent actions are unfortunate and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

Said Coach Frank Beamer, "I'm very disappointed that this didn't have a better ending. We wanted what's best for this football team and Marcus. I certainly wish him the best."