The physical component of play is huge for Eastland. I'm trying to figure out exactly how much the officials are going to let the Cougars flex that advantage.
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It's early. The game is only 8 minutes old. But I'm already curious how much the officials are going to let Eastland use the deadliest arrow in its quiver: the Cougars' physicality.
Early on, there were a couple of tic-tac fouls called. In the final 2 minutes, I counted three (glaring, really) fouls that went by the boards. Most notably, Shaner appeared to have a cape on a jumper, the Trojan he blew by left with a handful of jersey.
But in the closing seconds, Shaner got away with a monster hack, as Angel Sierra noted. I told you Angel came to play today. Got a bonus analyst. We'll take all the help we can get.
Bottom line? The physical component of play, yet again, is going to be telling in this one.
As I finish this entry, Eastland has made it a 16-13 lead.
Are we having fun yet?
Yes. Yes we are.