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Rams Complete 3-0 Opening Week with 88-62 Win Over Peru State

November 15, 2021
Isaiah Rivera

First of all, while we may have had fun pre-game at the expense of Peru (is a country, not a) State, I will show them nothing but respect as I write this. They came into Moby, unheralded and overmatched, and they played their hearts out., displaying a no nonsense brand of basketball.

And they gave the Rams exactly what they needed. Forty minutes on the hardwood for the third time in five days. Conditioning, player development, team development through different player combinations. After an emotional opening night on Tuesday in front of a near sellout crowd and a physical grind on Friday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, it was what the doctor ordered.

Not a lot went into scouting the opponent. Not a lot went into defending opposing players as shooters or drivers. Not a lot on the offensive side other than basic sets and creating in transition.

It was all about development as 10 players played a minimum of 14 minutes. Usual suspect David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens led the way with 17 and 16 respectively, and Chandler Jacobs delivered 10 in his second start in replacement for the injured Kendle Moore. Super-sub John Tonje played 21 minutes and nearly delivered one of the most understated double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds. But in the end, the night belonged to sophomore Isaiah Rivera.

The 6’5” guard from Geneseo, Illinois played 19 minutes off the bench and showed his Swiss Army Knife skills by completely filling up his stat line. 13 points on 5-7 shooting from the field. 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block. A pair of three balls, a finish through hard contact at the rim, a brilliant Euro-step to polish off a fast break.

Forty minutes of game play, Check. Minutes spread throughout thelineup. Check. Resting an injured player. Check. Valuable player development. Check.

On to the Paradise Jam next week.

Other Stuff…

Adam Thistlewood with CSU legend Stan Hornung

In the first half, Adam Thistlewood scored a 4-point play. If you read my stuff last season, you might remember a short article I wrote that discussed why Adam gets fouled so much when he shoots his three’s. It has to do with two things. First, every team’s scouting report has him identified as a perimeter sharpshooter so they close out hard on him. Secondly, his form is technically impeccable. He rises absolutely straight up when he shoots. Inevitbly, defenders just run into him.

I joked with Adam post-game about the sheer number of four-point plays he has scored in his career at CSU. I remember Dorian Green having two in one game at UNC. And of course there was the big John Tonje 4-pointer that beat San Diego State last season.

But we decided that Adam has probably been good for at least 4 or 5. One of these days I’ll take the time to pore through all the box scores over his career to get the exact number.

Until then, Adam and I will continue to celebrate a fantastic achievement.

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