To combat a trio of quick guards, Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich said he will likely change his lineup on Wednesday at Colorado State.
“We’re probably going to tweak a few things,” said Pilipovich, who wouldn’t divulge the specific changes he’ll make.
The Falcons brought C.J. Siples into the starting lineup for the first time on Saturday at San Jose State in an effort to bolster the defense, but Siples played only seven minutes as regular starter Jacob Van scored 14 points and logged 24 minutes as Air Force won 78-71.
The lineup change could mean removing forward Keaton Van Soelen and sliding Lavelle Scottie from the three position to the four to play next to center Ryan Swan. That would allow the Falcons to play with three guards, with the candidates likely being Trevor Lyons, Siples, Van, Pervis Louder, Sid Tomes and Caleb Morris.
Air Force (7-10, 1-4 Mountain West) has used seven starting lineup combinations this season.
Another near-miss for women’s program
Air Force’s women’s basketball team remained winless after falling to San Jose State 75-74 on Saturday.
The Falcons past four losses in Mountain West play have come by 10 points or less. Through five league games last year the team only one loss decided by single digits and four that came by an average of 21 points.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to bring the other guy’s point total down three or four points and bring out point total up three or four points, because that’s really all that has to happen for this to turn around,” Gobrecht said.
Freshman Kaelin Immel scored a career-high 26 points against San Jose State and leads Mountain West players with 22.6 ppg in league play.
“We say often, we’re at the start line right now,” Gobrecht said. “We’re at the start line. When you rebuild a program, this is where you start. It’s almost like the first two years don’t even count because there was not a program there. So this is the start line, and you get this close this often, you know you’re going to break through, you just know you are.”
Hockey team can't shake injury bug
Air Force hockey returned nearly to full strength right after Christmas. Two weeks later at RIT, the roster was taking serious hits again.
Air Force director of hockey Corey Millen indicated that seniors Jordan Himley and Tyler Ledford, third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively, might be “recoverable” after missing Saturday night’s game, but sophomore Matt Pulver’s return from a shoulder injury was uncertain.
The Falcons managed a series sweep, shutting out RIT 4-0 on Saturday night.
“Unique wins considering the loss of players, key players, and we’ve been doing it all year long,” Millen said. “Frank (Serratore) and Joe (Doyle) on the bench did a good job of piecing things together.
“To win on the road, it says a lot for the boys.”