|BG men have scoring to replace (11-06-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:07|
The Bowling Green Falcon men's basketball team is looking to replace 30 points a game this season
The top two scorers, a power forward and the point guard, from last season have completed their eligibility. A'uston Calhoun averaged 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and Jordon Crawford averaged 15.0 points and 4.3 assists per game in 2012-13.
As a team last season, the Falcons averaged 62.8 ppg, scoring fewer than 60 points 12 times. BG was 5-7 in those 12 games.
The Falcons, 13-19 overall and 7-9 in the Mid-American Conference last season, do return seven upperclassman, including starters Cameron Black and Chauncey Orr.
''This is a team that is young, but has a lot of experience,'' said BG head coach Louis Orr, who is in his seventh season. ''We are pretty good athletically, and we have good size with four guys 6-foot-9 or better.
''This group hasn't played its best game individually or collectively, so they have a big up side,'' coach Orr said. ''They have a chance to grow, and take on new responsibilities; they have worked really hard.''
Black, a senior, started 29 games a year ago, averaging 3.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. His 102 career blocked shots rank sixth in BG history.
Orr, a junior, was third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.5 points per game.
''He's a talented guy. He has an understanding (of the game), and he's a team player,'' coach Orr said about his son, who was a first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior at Bowling Green High School. ''I know how to be his dad, but I had to learn how to coach him. You have to look at him as anyone else in terms of what buttons to push, and how you handle certain things; I've learned that.''
Craig Sealey is BG's other senior, but he has seen limited action in his career. He is currently sidelined after undergoing minor knee surgery.
Juniors Richaun Holmes, Anthony Henderson and Jehvon Clarke are going to have increased roles this season.
Holmes broke BG's single-season record with 73 blocked shots last season. He was 36th in the country in blocked shots, despite playing just 18.8 minutes per game. Holmes averaged 6.3 points, shooting 63.3 percent from the floor, and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Henderson has gotten bigger and stronger this season, Orr said. Henderson averaged 14.4 minutes per game last season, making nine starts. He averaged 3.5 points, and 2.1 rebounds per game, and had 19 steals.
Clarke will take over the starting role at point-guard. He averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game with 30 assists in 2012-13.
''Jehvon was the backup for Jordon for the last two years,'' coach Orr said. ''He played some valuable minutes, and was on the court for some key stretches over the last two years.''
Also returning are sophomore Spencer Parker, and junior Demarkeo Lyshe, a former walk-on.
Parker was hampered by injuries early in the season, but did appear in 15 games.
''Parker is 6-7, and he can attack (the basket),'' coach Orr said. ''He does a good job of anticipating and getting his hands on balls.''
The Falcons have four newcomers - sophomore Josh Gomez, a 6-10 transfer from Iona, and freshmen J.D. Tisdale, Zach Denny, and Garrett Mayleben.
Denny is out for the start of the season with an injury.
''We have a lot of different pieces that can play together, and can play different roles,'' coach Orr said. ''They have worked extremely hard, and done everything we've asked them to do. They are a hungry team. They are a close-knit bunch with strong chemistry off the court, and they are building chemistry on the court.
''It's a great opportunity for our guys to assume new roles, take on bigger responsibilities, and surprise some people.''
BG opens the season with a home game Saturday against Earlham College. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.
The Falcons have home games with South Florida, Western Kentucky, and North Dakota while playing in the Cancun Challenge, and at Xavier.
In the Cancun event, the Falcons play at both Wisconsin and St. Louis and then play two additional games in Cancun, Mexico.
"We're going to be challenged,'' coach Orr said. ''We want to be grow. We want to play a competitive schedule to bring the best out of us, and give us a realistic view of where we are going into the MAC.''
BG's first win this season will be a milestone for Orr. As a player, assistant coach, and head coach at the college level, Orr has been part of 499 victories.
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