After looking at BC football's depth chart for this week, let's look at something that makes BC fans more satisfied.
Boston College entered their Spain trip with expectations to compete, not win. They passed their first test today.
BC lost to Casvi today 86-77 in their first game on the trip. Dennis Clifford led the Eagles with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Anderson had 14 points and 8 rebounds and Lonnie Jackson had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter.
This felt like a game where BC was close, but not close enough. BC repeatedly cut the lead to 6 or 5, but then Casvi would bring the lead back up to double digits. Ryan Anderson described the different style of play in his blog:
Next on our agenda was to get ready for our first game of the trip. We knew they played a different style of basketball here, but we were still thrown off by it. My first shot, I looked up at the basket and the hoop was bent up so badly that I knew it would be tough to shoot on that end; so we would have to make our run on the other basket. We got called for travel after travel in the first quarter and got down early. I was amazed at how physical their post players were because they weren't very big at all. They just played really hard. We came out at halftime and played a little bit better basketball in the second half - getting some steals, some blocks, knocking down some open shots. Unfortunately, I picked up my fourth foul and I had to come out of the game. We stuck with them for awhile, but then we made some unforced turnovers and made several defensive errors, and their lead grew back to 10. We fought to try to get back in the game, but they had a very high basketball IQ and were picking us apart on every defensive miscue. We definitely got the swing of how the style of play is here. Hopefully next game I'll be able to understand the refs when they tell me what I'm doing wrong! Right now I'm relying all on hand motions! We will bounce back tomorrow! Buenas Noches from Madrid!
BC takes on Real Canoe Madrid tomorrow, which should be more of a challenge. Casvi finished sixth in the ECB league at 15-12, while REal Canoe Madrid finished 22-4 and in first place.