Jordan Sibert and Kyle Davis celebrate a Sibert dunk. David Jablonski/Staff
Still in Puerto Rico this morning. I’ll be home by 9 p.m. (I hope?). I think the Flyers landed in Dayton before I was done working last night. That’s the advantages of a charter flight. However, the disadvantage of that is less time in Puerto Rico. I’ve got a few more hours to kill in a warmth I won’t see again until 2015 (unless Arkansas is hotter in December than I imagine).
The Flyers beat Boston College 65-53 Sunday (photo gallery here), so they got what they wanted here: two wins against opponents from power conferences. Only one team left here with three wins: West Virginia. You could argue no team got two better wins than the Flyers, not even Connecticut, which beat Charleston and Dayton. Texas A&M also got two wins, but one of those was against Charleston.
The Flyers did not beat a ranked opponent here as they did in Maui. How big of a success this tournament was for UD will depend on what kind of seasons Texas A&M and Boston College have. For purposes of UD’s NCAA tournament resume, Flyer fans should start rooting for those two teams.
Here are five things we learned Sunday:
1. Jordan Sibert can still shoot.
Just one game after being asked about whether he was getting frustrated that his 3-point shot was falling, Sibert made them in bunches: four in the first half, one in the second. He was 5-for-9 after making 2-of-17 in the first three games.
Sibert was the only Flyer named to the all-tournament team.
“Jordan is very, very important,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “His last two games of the tournament are much more in line with who he is and what he is going to be able to do. He got off to a little bit of a rocky start from 3. It’s just a matter of time for great shooters. It always comes back around. He’s just got to keep firing. Really, the five big 3s were maybe the difference in the game. We needed every one of them.”
2. Puerto Rico is a fun scene.
It was almost like being at a high school game. You could pretty much sit where you wanted, stand where you wanted. There’s an intimate feeling to these tournaments. Vendors walked around carrying cotton candy in laundry baskets. The local fans added a nice touch, as well.
Here’s the lede of my game story:
A group of young Puerto Rico fans started the game Sunday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente cheering for Boston College. At some point, just before ESPN turned its cameras on them, they started rooting for Dayton.