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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Memphis game another opportunity to jell

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I thought Charlotte Coach Bobby Lutz said it best the other night.

Lutz was obviously pleased that his team found a way to slip past East Carolina at Williams Arena. He also knew that the win would have probably meant much more to the Pirates, then it did for his 49ers.

“I really think that East Carolina is better,” Lutz said. “They may be better than they have ever been. It’s just that this league is better. We could have five or six teams not only make the NCAA tournament, but also win games in the tournament. This league is that tough.”

The Pirates lost to Charlotte in overtime after missing three of four free throws in the final minute. Bill Herrion’s club did a lot of good things against Charlotte, but when it came time to win the game, Herrion’s club came up just short.

“Until we learn how to win a game like this, it will be frustrating,” said Herrion. “If we make a free throw, we win. If we get a loose ball at the end, we win. But it just didn’t happen.”

Not to mention the 66 fouls that were called in the contest. I don’t know who’s evaluating these clowns, but if this had been an episode of “American Idol,” Simon Cowell would have had a field day.

Coach Herrion had so many players foul out that he almost told Gabe Mikulas, who’s out with a broken arm, to suit up.

The officiating in the Charlotte game had to have been an embarrassment to the league. Saturday night crews usually leave a little to be desired, because of the many games on the schedule. These guys, though, should be embarrassed about their effort.

Don’t fault the Pirate effort, though. Herrion has his players really playing hard, yet he notes that his evolving squad doesn’t play smart basketball at times.

Part of that is the youth on this team. Who isn’t impressed with Frank Robinson, Japhette McNeil and Mike Cook? Add in the sophomore class of Belton Rivers and Corey Rouse, and the future is bright. Rivers has struggled a bit of late, but Rouse played his best game as a Pirate on Saturday night.

Tonight, the Pirates play host to Memphis. For the Tigers, it will be their first ever experience at Williams Arena.

“They have won seven in a row, so they’re playing as well as anyone,” said Herrion.

Erroyl Bing knows this will be another tough assignment. “They are like Charlotte, but more athletic,” said Bing.

Charlotte featured some great athletes, so Memphis must be something.

“They shoot the basketball well,” said Herrion. “We’ll have to be at our best to win Wednesday night.”

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Baldwin-Tener runs fast break

How’s this for a week?

Have a baby. Miss Two Games. Season continues, so it’s back to practice.

That’s what Sharon Baldwin-Tener has been up to of late. The Lady Pirates coach back at practice on Tuesday, after giving birth to a baby boy last week.

“It’s good to be back,” said Baldwin-Tener. “It was certainly an experience that I’ll never forget, but we’re very fortunate that Luke has been a great little boy so far. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

She was walking a little slowly, and sitting during practice, but you could tell that the coach was thrilled to be back on the floor. She’s done a great job, and has a chance to knock down a couple of the league’s heavyweights this weekend at home.

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