By BRIAN LESTER
There are a lot of reasons to panic.
Doomsday, the financial cliff, the possibility of no snow for Christmas are among them.
But worrying about the University of Findlay men’s basketball team after a miserable shooting performance isn’t one of them.
Yes, the Oilers looked bad in their 66-49 loss to Michigan Tech on Thursday night, shooting only 34 percent from the floor, but good teams find a way to put bad games behind them and improve.
UF did that on Saturday afternoon against Northern Michigan in the final game of this trip to the Upper Peninsula.
The No. 13 Oilers shot 56.9 percent from the floor, knocking down eight 3-pointers, and rolled to an 80-62 win over the Wildcats at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.
Nine players scored, led by Aaron Robinson (season-high 18 points) and Mark Frilling (career-high 16 points).
You look at the numbers and you think ‘Wow, the Oilers sure did spend a lot of time shooting the ball over the last couple of days.’
UF didn’t even have a shoot-around on Saturday morning. Instead, it set the stage for a good offensive performance by playing hard on defense, picking up the pace on offense and generating points from its bench.
We already know what UF did from a shooting standpoint, but it’s also worth noting that the stellar defensive effort led to 25 points off of 20 NMU turnovers and the bench got a huge lift from Frilling.
Alphonso Baity, Dylan Kaufman and Jack Smith combined for 20 points off the bench.
What the Oilers did on Saturday was offer up a glimpse of how good they can be when they click on all cylinders, especially when they bring it on defense.
It’s a good sign for this team as the players now have a better idea of what the recipe for success is on the road. And in the long run, it will serve the Oilers well.
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