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Jeremiah Wood has his afro split into two pigtails and a ponytail. Every night it's something with this guy.
The band is back. They're playing "American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad. I'm in heaven.
As the ABJ's Michael Beaven pointed out to me, the teams are in the locker rooms during the national anthem. Weird. Tonight's singer actually sung the song normally, rather than going all Rosanne with it.
Starting lineup: Cedrick Middleton, Nick Dials, Jimmy Conyers, Quade Milum and Wood.
The Owls' 7-footer Sergio Olmos was not the player who took the tip.
Attendance is fair. AK-Rowdies are at about 50 percent capacity.
Temple has scored on its first five possessions.
Steve McNees threw a great baseball-style bounce pass on a fast break through traffic to Chris McKnight.
Akron still isn't boxing out on defense.
Foul shooting continues to be horrendous. Milum might as well have been blindfolded on his pair of misses.
McNees dished a nice no-look pass to Middleton for a 3. The Zips' offense is definitely at its best when they're pressuring the ball and running the break.
Play of the game so far: Dials drained a 3 from the corner while being shoved into the Temple bench.
The guards are playing a very complete game. Middleton has hit four 3s. Dials is making important shots. McNees is running the offense smoothly, despite subpar stats. They're all playing good D (even McNees).
Middleton just blew the game open with a 3 from the corner. It's his fifth. The crowd isn't very large, but it knows how to get loud.
Thanks to some solid Dials defense, the ball just bumped into my laptop. No damage.
Conyers nearly dunked home a rebound from the weakside. It wasn't one of those lousy one-handed semi-dunks. Conyers leaped from outside the paint and almost threw it back in with two hands. I've never seen him get up like that.
Of all the players on the Zips, I would least want Nate Linhart on my pickup team. He plays decent defense but makes terrible mistakes on offense.
The Zips are getting sloppy. This game could slip away.
Mike Bardo and McNees might have shot their first career foul shots. The result? One for four. Bardo did, however, come up with a big rebound off McNees' second miss.
This game is going to come down to foul shots. That's bad news for Akron.
Middleton is on the line with 6.3 seconds left. Akron has a small lead. Remind you of any recent horror films/Zips losses? He blew both of them. Wow.
Final score -- Akron 67, Temple 65
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