Smyth = Not worth his money
This deserves its own thread. 13 seconds, up by 3 with two time-outs remaining. Having trouble with the extended pressure all night long. Everyone can see what is coming. Can't afford to go to over-time as the offence is being stimulated by Maher nearly exclusively and he won't have the legs to keep nailing those tough jumpers in over-time.
Under these conditions, an Under 12 div 4 coach would call a time-out and get the ball forward with something drawn up, let alone a supposed paid professional. What makes the situation even better is if the first out-of-bounds play fails, the in bounder can call time and get another crack at it. Guess Smyth was too lazy to get off his arse and call time.
Everyone knows that at this level Darren is a two in a 1 man's body. Everyone knows BG is prepared, and will throw a press when Maher is off. The Sixers didn't seem prepared at all. Majstrovich, who played pretty well I might add, was caught like a deer in headlights when thrown into the middle of the press-breaker. Lack of preparation?
In the third we totally went away from Horvath who had 15 in the first. He was still getting seals down low, and when the switch occurred on the pick and roll was open quite often. We were struggling to score at this stage and its crucial moments like this in a game when a coach has to refocus his offence.
The season isn't looking good, when Maher moves to the two spot in a clutch position and we can't get a shot, while also not even getting a catch within 2 meters of the 3 point line.
There are some good signs, but Smyth needs to be shot for that time-out mistake. This loss is totally on his head.