January 28, 2008

Flashes make plays when it counts

Kent- With 23 seconds remaining in the game junior guard Al Fisher raced out to the perimeter. His arm stretched out to every inch it had, just enough to get his even more outstretched hand near Western Michigan guard Michael Reddell's 3-pointer. It was just enough to misdirect the missile Reddell just unleashed.

The ball fluttered through the air like a lawn dart with a broken tail landing 10 feet short of the hoop into the hands of Kent State's Jordan Mincy. Fisher, already sprinting down the left side of the court, gracefully sidestepped the official while trying to cradle the outlet pass. Easy lay up. Lead stretched back out to seven. Game over.

Endings like this have become synonymous with Kent State basketball this season. It's not always pretty, it's rarely dominant from start to finish, but the Flashes always seem to make the plays when they need to.

It's Haminn Quaintance coming alive in the second half versus Akron Wednesday night. Laying claim to the paint and striking fear in to anyone who wanted to come near it.

How many times has Fisher, with the game on the line, gone over three defenders with his high-arching floater? How many times has he drilled a long range three-pointer with the shot clock about to expire?

Sunday's matinee event offered much of the same. How would the Flashes pull this one out against Western Michigan?

After all, super sophomore guard Chris Singletary is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy. Quaintance was still in the starting lineup, but disappeared in the game. For one of the first times this season, "Q" was really a non-factor. It's no wonder they trailed by 10, numerous times throughout the game.

Yet, the Flashes did what they have all season. They made adjustments. They made plays.

More specifically Rodriquez Sherman made plays. After watching David Kool and the rest of the Broncos stroke what seemed to be a million 3-pointers, Sherman showed why Kent State coach Jim Christian continually referred to him as the "Rock" last season.

His quick hands caused turnovers and his quick feet led for his most memorable scoring performance to date.

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