Post by blackandgold on Dec 12, 2019 20:56:01 GMT -5
YouTube is a treasure trove. Randomly came across this highlight video that shows Erik Kangas clips from a series of conference games in 2008-09. For any of our younger or newer fans who were not around in this era, this video gives a little glimpse of how great Kangas was for Oakland.
The comment on the video notes that the clips are part of a stretch where Kangas went for 39 (8/13), 33 (8/11), and 27 (7/12) points. He really was on another level. It was an exciting stretch.
But what I loved about this video most of all is that the very first clip is a video of one of my favorite moments ever in the O'rena. Kangas hits a go-ahead three over the conference favorites North Dakota State. If you look closely at the scoreboard in the corner, the score is 74-76, NDSU with the lead. Oakland won the game 77-76 after Kangas' three. The game was over winter break. I remember bringing my dad to the O'rena for the first time and we sat at the top of the section where the Grizz Gang was at the time (behind the visitors bench). My dad was a big basketball fan, but not really small college basketball. That game was really high-level, made a fan of my dad, and ten years later my dad still enjoys coming to an Oakland game with me when he can or watching on TV.
If you pause the video during Kangas shot, so many great things happen. First, he loses his defender with a nice move under the basket. Second, Drew Maynard sets a nice screen right under the basket that gives Kangas running room. Finally, Keith Benson has the final screen that Kangas runs around to catch a pass from JJ, rises and drains the winning shot.
Here's something I didn't remember: that was the only three Kangas made that night!