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Re: Game Report v St K
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and on our rebounding, as the color man kept saying we don't block out. In fact we never do. That's one of the first things I was taught in high school, but Monson teams never block out as many have posted here during the last 16 years. It's a shame.
Rob, you nailed it, those were exactly my observations as well. I'll just add that we did have improved movement on offense.
St. Katherine's was one of the weakest teams I've ever seen us play. They found their legs a bit in the second half.
We had 13 steals in the first half, maybe 10 in the first 10 minutes. Then St K settled down a bit against our full court pressure. They still rarely got the ball into the front court with more than 20 seconds on the shot clock. If we did anything consistently it was the full court pressure.
We got outrebounded the first 30 minutes of the game. St K's got a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half, and at first glance that should not happen, but I watched closely and a lot of those were pretty lucky rebounds, they'd heave a wild shot that would take a wild bounce off the rim. They did hustle...more than we did overall.
We had 17 assists, 17 turnovers, and 17 steals. You may never see that team stat again!
Tsohonis line looks good, 20 pts and 5 steals, 2 assists. But I'm not convinced about him being anything more than a broken plays / garbage time scorer at this point. He's very strong and nifty inside for his size, and has great touch inside of 8 feet. Outside of that his shot is a heave, even in warmups. Not sure what is up with that. Against a weak team his defense was good. He's strong and will be an asset when we have to play against a strong guard but Tsohonis is kinda too methodical. I watched him a lot because he's a starter and I feel like he will get a lot of rope from CDM because he does what he's told. Good for him. But he needs to bring us more, far more, when we play better competition. I hope he does. Seems to have a solid court demeanor.
Like midsurfer I think said below, Polynice is smooth and seems to get the half court flow the best of the 3 bigs. Lassina really struggled taking interior passes lower than his chest against 2-3 defenders sub 6-7ish, the guards need to see that mismatch and send him a higher pass. He fumbled 3 in the first half. He and Stroud never really got into the flow of this herky jerky game but they both battled.
Rotegaard got plenty of wide open 3 looks, 2 straight setup by Jadon and Rote clanked all of em. Dude has to start hitting these.
Joel Murray was the only guy who seemed to know the opposition was not good, and he took it to them every second on the floor. Everyone else needs to learn from this. Aboubacar and Jadon get honorable mention for their efforts.
Jason Hart needs time on the court, he runs the offense like a true point guard, vocal and demanding and yeah he is not quite ready and prone to mistakes but I like what I saw.
Against a bad team we were 2-15 from 3 pt land. I'd be really concerned about this aspect of our team right now. That and rebounding smarts and desire. The full court press is coming together, albeit against a bad team so really hard to tell.
Decent turnout actually.