Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
By Brian Bailey
Pirates see pair of wins as
just the beginning
Saturday afternoon was one of
those days that makes a Pirate fan proud.
Charlotte came to Greenville
with a swagger and a shot at a Top 25 ranking with a win over lowly East
The 49ers took the Pirates
lightly, and the youngsters from East Carolina
stood up and took notice.
Winning in Conference USA is
very difficult. This was a great win for Bill Herrion, as was the
victory earlier in the week over
Young players have a tendency
to look great one game and then disappear the next.
Check out Tommy Hammonds. He
couldn’t buy a shot in the game with the Billikens. I didn’t thing he had
any confidence at all.
But then came the Charlotte
game. Hammonds knocked down a couple of threes. Then, with the game on the
line, Hammonds dribbled to his right and fired.
He hit nothing by net and the
Pirates were on their way to a win.
So much was said going into
the game about Moussa Badiane. “Moose” needed two blocks to become the
all-time leader in blocked shots in
Conference USA, passing Kenyon Martin.
Moussa wasn’t satisfied with
just the record. He blocked a key shot late in the game and he drew a
crucial charge in the final seconds. Now, Moussa and company hope to make
some more noises during the rest of the season.
“We played well today,” said
Moussa after the 54-51 win on Saturday. “We can play better, though. We just
keep getting more confidence. We were more confident today and I think we’ll
get better and better.”
Moussa still gets pushed
around in the paint, but for whatever reason the officials did a better job
of calling things early against Charlotte.
That big smile of Moussa’s was
never bigger or brighter then after the win over Charlotte!
National Signing Day
ECU football coach Skip Holtz
will welcome Pirate fans out to his 2005 “Signing Day Fan Fest” today at
5p.m. Those attending will receive a list of the commitments along with
thumbnail sketches of each player.
Some East Carolina faithful
have been known to tailgate throughout the day, making it truly a football
Holtz and his staff deserve a
lot of credit in getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Holtz
told me early on that his staff was behind, but working hard to catch up.
From the looks of things, Holtz got what he wanted in luring some of our
area's best to Greenville.
His goal in the future, of
course, will be to get many of the top players to stay and play at ECU. His
commitment to the local student athletes is genuine and I believe it will
pay big dividends in the future.
Here’s hoping there is a
pleasant surprise or two come tomorrow!
Happy National Signing Day.
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