All along, I said playing Chaminade, really doesn’t do anything for the Terps. Win, and well, that is what is expected. Lose, and it could be catastrophic. Well, last night I found something good about playing Chaminade. Had the Terps had a start like that against a more talented team, and the early deficit may have been too much to come back from.
It looked like it might be one of those nights last night when Greivis Vasquez was called for his second foul of the game about 3 minutes in. The Terps were as cold as could be shooting to start the game and trailed host Chaminade early. But like most of the early season games against less talented teams, the Maryland depth was too much for the Silver Swords to over come. The Terps used to two big runs to put the game away and go on to a 79-51 victory.
Sean Mosley continued to impress leading all scorers with 19 points and 8 rebounds. He really has stepped up his game this year, and it is coming up at the right time as Greivis Vasquez continues his slow start to the season. This game Vasquez netted only 6 points. As the competition level increases, Vasquez is really going to have to get in the offensive groove.
Eric Hayes also had a solid game hitting 3 more pointers on his way to 12 points. Hayes has been shooting about 50% from beyond the arc so far. If he can keep that going all season, that will help open up the inside for the rest of the team.
James Padgett and Jordan Williams had solid games inside again. It will be interesting to see how they hold up against the bigger and stronger bigs they will have to face the rest of this tournament. The thing they need to work on the most is finishing around the basket. They do a great job on the offensive glass but, need to work on finishing or getting it back out to the guards.
The Terps will face Cincinnati tonight at 7 on ESPN in the second round of the Maui Classic.