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Date Posted: Sunday, December 02, 03:03:22pm
Author: Peacock
Subject: Expertise aside

One might consider what Sacred Heart is doing to Monmouth on MC's home court. Same team that Fairfield handled readily.

Our team has a long way to go to be consider anywhere near the upper level of the MAAC. The growth will have to come from all factions of the team, players and staff. Whether we like it or not, this is a learning year and looks promising. Just wish I would not hear as much about the lack of screens for our shooters, of which only two have emerged. The question for those at the last three games is; Is it screens are being set or lack of execution to use the screens?

At the first two games I saw there were not many plays for screens. For a three point shooting team, it is an imperative need.

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[> Re: Expertise aside -- oldtimer#1, Sunday, December 02, 03:14:33pm [1]

More lack of execution. As Freshmen, timing of running set plays is difficult. Given the slow learinng process only so many plays can be instituted over an eight week period. As you state, offense does not look as polished as other teams we have played.

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[> Re: Expertise aside -- SPC Fan, Sunday, December 02, 03:39:04pm [1]

Can't ever tell much from comparative scores.Same Monmouth team had SHU beat on the road only a long range three at the buzzer saved the pirates in regulation.

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[> Yes and not necessarily -- Sludge, Monday, December 03, 01:01:26pm [1]

Agree that growth will be restrained some by the speed with which the learning process kicks in. From reports, Oldtimer is correct when he points to the need to contain some of the teachings only to the levels of which they can be absorbed. We are dealing with at least six newcomers, the majority of which are being asked to give significant minutes. As you have ventured, our success and future hope will be measured by the degree of growth we see over the course of the season.

Not sure that we should be as concerned with an emphasis on, or ability to execute the screens (see learning quotient above). We are running more of a motion offense and have stengths that, if executed properly, can offset some of the dependency on screens. Namely, we have two proven perimeter shooters, three that are potentially such (Lampley, Leon, Hogga), the majority who are capable of getting free on their own, assuming that Sowell continues to dominate and occupy his defenders inside. The key here is improved ball movement on the perimeter, passing inside/outside, and penetration. This movement depends heavily on passing skills; crisper, with more accuracy, and with better decisions. Some of this is taught, while much comes with experience and blend. Jenkins, for example, does not throw a strong pass, Leon has been guilty of some lazy throws, and Lampley, some poor decisions.

Unanticipated events can always occur, but if most of the new pieces remain and gain, we should see steady improvement this year and next. Of course, the real step up will still depend on finding an adequate replacement for Sowell inside. Not necessarily a scorer, but a banger who can enter and immediately rebound and provide a defensive presence. This will not be easy. Projects need not apply.

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