Behrend collegian. (Erie, Pa.) 1971-1988, December 08, 1988, Image 10

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Lion Gagers
Undefeated After
First Four Games
by Mike Cifelli
Collegian Staff Writer
Recently, Doug Zimmerman -
Behrend's head basketball coach -
wrote a message on his office
chalkboard. "You play hard - good
things happen," his chalkboard
reads and these words seem very
appropriate as his upstart Lions
have posted a surprising 4-0 record
to open the 1988-89 season. It is
the first time in recent years that a
Behrend basketball team can boast
of such a start.
The Lions are also owners of a
93-points per game average. An
average that, according to
Zimmerman, could turn out to be
one of the top ten ppg. averages in
Division 111.
Over the weekend, the squad
traveled to Oberlin and came away
with a 95 - 85 victory. The Behrend
crew had four players in double
figures led by Rick Demski's 32
points. Bob Minford and Randy
Baughman each had 17 while Mo
Pringle added 13. Dcmski and
Pringle grabbed 12 and 10 rebounds
respectively while Baughman dished
out 11 assists. The team was hot
from the floor hitting 59 percent
while Oberlin could manage only
39 percent.
Behrend opened the season on
the road; pounding Pitt-Bradford 91-
80 and thrashing Thcil College 92-
75. Against Pitt-Bradford,
Baughman led the way with 21
points and seven assists while
Chris Viscuso tossed in 16. The
Lions were strong under the boards
with Demski cramming in 12
points and 10 rebounds while
Pringle added 11 points and eight
At Thcil, Demski proved to be
the key ingredient with 25 points;
and 10 rebounds. Demski was
complimented by Pringle's 17 and
Baughman's 14.
In the home opener, the Lions
posted an impressive 94-83 upset
over Allegheny College. The
Gators were ranked ninth in the
Division II preseason poll, but the
well balanced Lions seemed far
from intimidated. Double digit
scorers for the Lions included
Viscuso (20), Demski (17),
Baughman (14), Frank Keller(l3),
Pringle (10), and Dave Gurska (10).
Zimmerman stated that the
victory was," good for the
program." He went on to add," we
had good crowd support... teams
don't like to come here (Erie Hall)
because of the heat and the crowd.
It’s a pit."
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Freshman guard Dave Mojock takes on
couple of Allegheny Gators during the
suprising 94-83 victory. pkoto by
In talking about his team's
success, Zimmerman pointed out,"
The group is responding and
playing well together. We have
great chemistry and balanced
scoring." He also mentioned that
his squad's strength are," balance,
hard play and a defense that is
coming together." Pointing to his
chalkboard, Zimmerman showed me
his latest message," No let down -
Guard against it"
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Zimmerman's philosophy is
simple, he likes to use the team's
floor speed to," keep the tempo
upbeat, which helps the rebounding
and beats the opponent’s big men
up the floor."
It seems that Doug Zimmerman
has become a philosopher of sorts
with these words to play by. It's
just possible that this coach's hoop
logic will have the Lions roaring
throughout the season.
December 8,1988
Lady Lions Off
To Dismal Start
by Todd J. Irwin
Collegian Staff Writer
On November 18 and 19, the Lady Lions took part
in the Fredonia University Tournament to tip off their
1988-89 hoop season under first year Head Coach
Jeaqjher Banker.
In the first round, Behrend faced nationally ranked
Nazareth and came up short, 63-82. In the second
round , the Lady Hoopers bounced back to defeat
Alfred University by a tight 55-53. On November
22, the team traveled to Pitt-Bradford for their first
dual game of the season. Despite a rather comfortable
lead at the half, the Lady Lions fell 59-66. The
following week took the team on the road once again.
This time Division n Mercyhurst handed Behrend a
loss, 65-88.
This past weekend, December 3 and 4, saw the
Lady Lions travel to Alfred University for the Charity
Cage Classic. In the opening round, Behrend was
downed by Fredonia, 50-58. Western Connecticut,
flooring a very strong team, defeated the Lady Lions,
55-72. According to both Coach Banker and her
assistant, Coach Bari, poor shooting hampered the
team this weekend, but the worst problem the team is
having this year is rebounding. "Rebounding has
been the major problem in our games," stated Banker.
Bari agreed by expressing the rebounding problem as
his major concern for the team, "We're just not
getting to the boards." Bari also blamed
inconsistency for the team's poor play. "We need
chemistry and that takes a while. It just doesn't
happen,” said Bari. Coach Banker feels that the
players are just now starting to "gel" as a team.
With a new coaching staff and a new system of play,
its no wonder that the team is taking a little time to
get good team chemistry. In addition, the Lady Lions
have yet to play in Erie Hall this season. ” I’d like to
shoot at our own hoop once in a while, ” remarked
On the up side, the Lady Hoopers have played hard
nosed defense in all of their games. Coach Banker
feels that the team has been forcing a lot of turn overs
by their opponents. " We've been pressuring the ball
and our defense has come around real well," stated
Bari. Defense is obviously the key for the team to
be successful Banker explained," To be successful,
we have to keep the other team under 60 points.”
Another plus for the Lady Lions is the depth of their
bench. According to Banker, barring illness,
"Everyone has played in every game."
Consistently strong play has been turned in by
Senior guard Lisa Butch and Junior forward Michelle
Madison. Butch, Behrend's team captain, leads the
team in scoring, averaging 143 points per game and
earned the honor of being named to the Fredonia
University All-Tournament First .Team. Madison,
averaging 12 points per game, was awarded a position
on the Alfred University All-Tournament First Team.
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Even after the slow 1-5 start, optimism is still
noticeable in both coaches. Coach Bari sums it up, ”
It may take some time, but we will get better as the
season goes on."
As the paper went to press, the Lady
Lions improved their record to 2-5 with a
victory at home over Washington and
Jefferson College. Down 27-31 at the half,
Behrend rallied behind Michelle Madison,
24 points, to gain a one point lead with
only seconds remaining. The victory was
clinched when Lady Lion Connie
Armstrong pulled down a defensive rebound
from W&J's final shot.
Freshman Krista Fortson puts up a
jumper during a 55-54 squeaker over
Washington and Jefferson.
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