Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Cedar to Stay, Worthington On The Move and Kansas Wins

The new Mr Big Shot - Kansas guard Mario Chalmers

I was happy to open the Townsville Bulletin this morning and read that Michael Cedar is going to stay in Crocodile green.

Cedar has been slowly improving for the last three years that he has been a member of the Crocs. The season just gone has been his most consistent and productive of his professional career and I can only see him continuing to evolve into a solid NBL player.

There is no doubt his strength is shooting the basketball. He is quite a good athlete so when he understands when and how to utilize this, his game will move to a new level again.

Moving teams now, Mark Worthington has signed with the South Dragons.

Maybe the second worst kept secret of the off season (behind his coach), Worthington signed for three years to continue his player/coach relationship with Brian Goorjian.

Since this is finally official, the next question is, when does Jason Smith join the Dragons?

Kansas Wins NCAA Championship

Mario "Mr Big Shot" Chalmers was the hero for the Kansas Jayhawks. With the clock ticking down and the Jayhawks trailing by three, Chalmers calmly knocked down a tying three with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation.

Kansas controlled the extra five minutes and won their first title since Danny Manning lead them to the title in 1988. This was the third championship in school history, but this teams 37-3 record goes down as the school's all time best.

Memphis seemed to be headed for their first title with 2:12 remaining in the game. Up by nine it just seemed the clock just needed to run down so they could celebrate. Not to be. Kansas win 75-68 in OT.

So much talk had centred around Memphis' poor free throw shooting but their coach, John Calipari, down played it all tournament. It came back and bit them right in the rear. They could have iced the game in the dying seconds by knocking down a free throw, but it missed and led to Chalmers tying three.

It is in the history books now, but if you missed the game I recommend you chase up a copy and check it out.

One Shining Moment (this is how the college season always ends)


djrod said...

i still have the 'one shining moment' from 1993 and 1994 on tape - but my tape recorder broke about 2 years ago. maybe youtube will save me?

djrod said...

oh, and I still can't believe memphis didn't win! I picked them about 3 months ago... oh well... catches win matches and free throws win games

Anonymous said...

It's a done deal Jason Smith signed with the Dragons last weekend.