Hendo with a big jam to start the second half.
So, I was in attendance for tonight’s game, and I apologize if the recap is not a long one. I just got home at 11PM to put this thing together. During the start of the second quarter, I received an email where the first quarter play of the Bobcats made my partner in crime toss his cookies and refuse to write a recap for me. Just kidding about that second part. Bruce, hope you get to feeling better. Being trapped in the arena, the team looked dead in the first quarter. It really made me not want to write a recap either. Here I am, though, writing a recap. Did things get better from the 2nd quarter on? Take that leap my friends…read on.
OK, so the Bobcats had another dismal 1st quarter. The box score says most of the story. We almost allowed 30 points and we didn’t even get to 20. Quarters like that can absolutely kill a team. Would it kill the Bobcats tonight? Well, a second quarter slump in shooting for the Sixers and our team sputtering to life in the second was just what the doctor ordered. We roared back in the second to produce 21 points to the Sixers mere 18. It wasn’t huge, but it was a lift we needed, going into the locker room at the half with only a 5-point deficit.
Enter the 3rd quarter and we are greeted with Kemba and Hendo coming to life to even the score up. Much like the Cats that we are used to seeing, we played some poor defense, did not get rebounds, and we traded baskets…however, the Bobcats won the slugfest 3rd quarter at a mark of 24-16. That’s right fans; we pulled into the 4th quarter with a lead. Is that good news?
That is good news. That was great news. The refs did all they could to give the Sixers the game, and Tyrus Thomas did what he could to help the Sixers out as well. His 2-9 shooting from kill spots that have turned into “spots Tyrus hasn’t been on all season”, were just what the Sixers wanted. Battling back and forth…again…the game came down to defense. With less than a minute to go, Gerald Henderson stepped up in a huge way. Out of a Sixers timeout, they tried to inbound the ball. Co-Captain Hendo allowed none of that. He tipped the pass in, collected it, drove to the hoop and flushed it. That was the ice for the night. His dunk literally dropped the temperature in the arena by a good 10 degrees, as the Sixers knew that it was over. Philly gave a valiant effort in the forth but came up short, scoring 22 points to the Bobcats 24. Final score? 88 – 83 Bobcats.
Tonight was a fun game to attend. My son and I were in section 106 with a couple of guys from VA. I wanted to give them a big hello if they decide to visit the site. Hope you had a safe drive home. The crowd seemed to be a bit more into it, once the game got rolling. Know who else was into the game? Josh McRoberts and Kemba Walker. McBobs kicked out an impressive double double tonight notching 12 points and 16 rebounds while dishing out 4 assists and 1 steal with only 1 turnover. He also had 2 insane rebound/dunks that should easily be on SportsCenter (come on ESPN, don’t hate). I’m thinking that this guy may be a keeper. He’s bringing chemistry when he’s on the court that we have lacked before he was a McCat. Kemba was no slouch either, also tossing a double double into the mix. He had 17 points, 10 assists, 4 steals and 1 block, but also held the team high with 6 turnovers. You’ll get that straightened out.
Other numbers for the night? Well, Gerald Henderson gets the Trade Street Post Gamebreaker award on the night. He has become “the man” for the Bobcats. He’s the go-to guy now. I love it and I hope you and the organization come to a mutual agreement that keeps you a Bobcat for the long haul. Hendo had 24 points on 10-18 shooting. He was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line as well. 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and only 1 turnover filled his stat sheet for the night. Bismack Biyombo quietly had 4 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, and zero turnovers. Gillie the Kidd had a rough night, scoring only 4 points and snagging 7 rebounds. Reggie Williams was also dusted off for tonight’s game. He mustered 12 points on 5-7 shooting (2-3 from 3-point land). He had a better game than Tyrus…just saying (amnesty Tyrus)
We had only 11 players in jerseys tonight, and I only saw 8 at any one time warming up, so winning without so many players available was great to see. It also let my son be in attendance for a win since he can’t remember the last game he was at that they won. Thank you Bobcats. That’s all I got for the might folks. Friday, there’s a Heat wave rolling into Charlotte. Hopefully we can help them keep their streak going…losing streak that is.
Let’s Go Cats!