Stepping Up

In any big game the difference between winning and losing comes down to who is going to step up.  Who is going to perform under pressure, show leadership, battle though adversity and have that moment, a shining moment which results in victory.  Last night Clarence Jackson stepped up. After all the injuries and all the frustration Jackson came through with a solid performance, 24 points including six 3-pointers, along with 6 rebounds. As Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro has said, when Clarence is playing well the Saints are a different team. Although the bulk of the points, 17 came in the first half, he continued to step up as he played great defense in the second half and overtime.  Much to the satisfaction of the Siena faithful C-Jack stepped up.


In reflecting on this concept of big time players stepping up, I couldn’t help but to look back on past Siena great Ronald Moore who was known to step up in the big game. Perhaps none bigger than his amazing performance in Siena’s victory over Ohio State in the NCAA tournament.  In particular his game winning 3-pointer in double overtime with 3.9 seconds left which caused college broadcasting legend Bill Rafftery to proclaim “ONIONS DOUBLE ORDER”.  An anotomical reference suggesting that Ronald had big @#&&$ (a.k.a. guts) for having the courage to take and make the big shot. The true definition of stepping up.  To recall this and other highlights of Ronald Moore watch the attached video.


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