Sunday, January 11, 1998
Triples whammy
Elder grad buries MU with threes

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Toledo center Casey Shaw (left) battles Miami's John Estick for the ball during Saturday's game. Shaw, from Lebanon, had eight points and nine rebounds.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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OXFORD - After the game, Charlie Coles put his arm around Chad Kamstra and said:

''Why'd you have to do that to us, son? Why'd you have to do that to us, son?''

What Kamstra did to Miami was score 25 points and lead Toledo to a 76-56 victory over the RedHawks on Saturday. The loss ended MU's 23-game home winning streak and was the worst for Miami at Millett in 10 years.

Kamstra, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Elder, hit seven three-pointers in the first half to effectively deliver an early knockout. Kamstra, who's father, Garry, played at UC was not recruited by the local schools.

''Whatever he wanted to prove, he proved it,'' Coles said. ''I don't think he was trying to prove anything; he's a good kid. But he showed he can shoot, and he can play.''

Kamstra was shooting 26 percent eight games into the season, but he has worked overtime trying to find his shot.

''I know my shot better than anyone,'' he said. ''I wasn't getting enough arc on it, and I was falling off. It was a combination of those two things.''

Saturday, the shot was back.

''It was one of those days,'' he said. ''Guys were finding me, and I was making the shots.''

Kamstra came into the game averaging 9.1 points and shooting 31 percent from three-point range. But Miami's defense concentrated on stopping Lebanon grad Casey Shaw, UT's 6-foot-11 all-Mid-American Conference center, early in the game.

That gave Kamstra the opening he needed.

''That's how I got my shots,'' he said. ''Every team's defense is going to focus on Casey. When they double-down on him, it opens it up for me.''

Kamstra scored 26 points last year against Bowling Green and he hit nine threes against St. Xavier as a junior at Elder, but he rated this as his best game.

Kamstra got nine tickets for friends and family for the game. ''You always want to play well close to home,'' he said.

The win was the sixth straight for Toledo. The Rockets are 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the MAC; Miami fell to 8-5, 2-3.

Toledo is a different team than the one that lost to Xavier 95-76 in the first game of the year.

''We're getting used to playing with one another,'' Kamstra said.

Coles was as impressed with Toledo's effort as he was with Kamstra's shooting.

''Toledo was ready,'' he said. ''Were we not ready? I don't know. But, boy, they were ready.''

Miami is 1-2 since Wally Szczerbiak's injury, and some of things that went wrong Saturday can be attributed to a lack of effort. Toledo hit 59 percent in the first half and 50 percent for the game.

The Rockets also outrebounded Miami 43-29.

''We're not doing what we need to do to win,'' said guard Damon Frierson, who led MU with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. ''We have to hustle and rebound and challenge every shot.

''We're not doing that.''

Notebook: Walk-on impresses

TOLEDO (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kizer 25 0-1 3-4 2-5 4 2 3 Fedak 12 2-2 0-1 1-5 0 4 4 Shaw 27 3-6 2-4 3-9 0 3 8 Burch 20 4-6 3-4 0-1 1 1 11 Kamstra 32 9-16 0-2 0-3 2 3 25 Meikle 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Berg 13 0-2 1-2 2-3 0 0 1 Scott 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Norman 24 2-6 3-5 0-3 2 2 7 Stempin 25 5-8 2-2 2-2 0 1 14 Howard 13 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 1 2 Rodgers 2 0-2 0-2 2-3 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 26-52 15-28 13-38 11 18 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.536. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Burch 0-2, Kamstra 7-13, Berg 0-1, Norman 0-3, Stempin 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Norman, Kamstra). Turnovers: 13 (Shaw 5, Howard 3, Norman 3, Berg, Kamstra). Steals: 5 (Norman 2, Fedak, Howard, Shaw).

MIAMI (56) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Estick 27 5-7 0-0 1-2 0 5 10 Ensminger 16 1-1 2-2 0-1 2 5 4 Lethunya 19 2-4 1-2 0-3 0 4 6 Taylor 33 0-4 2-2 2-2 2 2 2 Frierson 36 5-17 4-6 2-5 4 1 15 Chapman 10 3-5 0-3 0-2 0 3 6 Lackaff 26 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 8 Smith 4 0-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Locklier 18 0-2 4-4 0-3 3 1 4 Allendorf 11 0-3 1-2 3-6 0 2 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 19-53 14-21 10-28 11 26 56 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Lethunya 1-2, Taylor 0-1, Frierson 1-6, Chapman 0-2, Lackaff 2-4). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 1 (Taylor). Turnovers: 12 (Estick 4, Frierson 3, Lackaff 2, Lethunya, Locklier, Taylor). Steals: 3 (Frierson, Lackaff, Taylor). __________________________________ Toledo 41 35 - 76 Miami 33 23 - 56 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 3,057. Officials: Jd Collins, Jim Czocher, Reed Johnson.

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