What you see above is Sanctus Real playing a set after our game. They are a Christian rock band who has won some Grammies in their career. I freely admit that I know nothing about Christian rock, but these guys are quite good.
Tough loss for the Ants tonight, and I congratulate Iowa on a really hard fought game. I thought the Mad Ants played really well tonight, but Iowa just made every play necessary to pull out the win. Tonight reminded me of when a baseball team gets shut down by a very good pitcher. You often hear the opposing team give a tip of the cap and move on, and I think that is where we are tonight.
There are three players on Iowa that deserve special credit after watching them often this season, and that is Jeff Trepagnier, Earl Barron, and Curtis Stinson.
Jeff has been lights out against us this year, and he hit some really tough jumpers tonight. I'm impressed how he has gone from an athletic based game to a savvy and skilled game. Barron made two crushing threes tonight to push the Energy ahead of us as we would get close. Impressive how he can shoot so well. Finally, Curtis Stinson made every play necessary down the stretch to close the game out. There is little doubt in my mind that he is the best point in the league, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of the league MVP right now. He has been truly fantastic.
Finally, Nick Nurse deserves a ton of credit for the coaching job he has done. The Energy are obviously great on offense, but they are also very sound on defense. Nick keeps those guys very loose and they have really responded. Again, I'm not sure who else could be considered as coach of the year at this point other than Nick.
As for the Mad Ants, I think this is a game we can build on. We made some mistakes, but the guys competed, and I believe our best basketball is ahead of us.
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