We depend on Tsahonis to get a shot, so invariably he's asked to take some tough shots, and he has hit a number of crunch shots, and that'll drive his percentage lower. I do like posting him up inside. I just think he holds the ball a bit much when he's FT line extended and goes into his 'survey' mode. And in conference he's hitting almost 80% of his FTs. SB, for as bad as he shot teh ball, was his best playmaking game. almost think maybe hold him out a game or two next 3 weeks to give the foot a rest. It showed up not only offense, it makes him struggle on defense one on one.
for Tone, he has to play to learn, just not much of a way around it, I want to see him out there as much as possible and hopefully he keeps learning. One SB poster noted AJ of SB learned to go fast, pause, then go fast again to get the defender moving then stopping then blow by again. That might benefit Tone vs. just pell mell at times into traffic. Tone I think is cocky in a good way, he'll learn to be smarter.
I don't know if it's Caveness influence, but last year and this, after the injuries of course, we've gone away from a some of the flex, instead playing 'modern' basketball with better spacing. Last night recognized Tone and cleared out to let him drive. same with the two man AT & LT game. Just would like to see us run more for Tsahonis off of screens to get him some space with the ball; and actually look for Tobias, whose shot looks really good right now. We are a pretty physical team,
Agree with most of those comments. I think the key to being the best we can be comes down to Hunter and Tsohonis cleaning up their obvious issues. Last two games Tsohonis goes 1-14 and 4-14, taking many horrible shots. I can see that's why he ended up on the bench in his last two teams. Most coaches don't accept that behavior for long.
1) been waiting for Tone to be impactful. Still had TOs. the difference was the drives to the hoop were designed getting him isolation. More than that he made his mark on defense, taking charges, covering lots of ground, and rebounding. a bit of a Casperesque performer.
2) Stroud. Thought he's been the most improved player, and he keeps improving. It just seems as if the kid keeps making smarter plays each time out.
3) Rotegaard. Quiet, yet he hit his one shot again. Check his shooting % last 5 games. 67%, no bad shots. Squared up he's solid. Blocks out
4) with only 3 board 1st half from LT/AT, we still out-rebounded Bake, and despite playing zone. the rebounding story is part the perimeter guys. just keep walling out guys. Jones, AJ, Tone, Rotegaard, Tsahonis all boarded well, especially Tone was blocking out bigs, even got called for foul on a good block-out, bad call.
5) AT finally took an outside shot, of course it was a desperation end of clock 3.
6) was a good lesson. Bake came out extended perimeter pressure, and we didn't have strong passes. teams have so backed off from our shooting, need to be prepared for that type of pressure and stronger passing. AT was so used to nobody trying to guard him that far out.
7) hit first 18 FTs, then reverted with a 7 of 13 finish, the masons we know and love
8) 3 pt shooting is getting good enough, so long as avoid forced jack-ups.
9) if this team can clamp down on a few turnovers, and get Tsahonis ball in space vs crowds, could be really good, and that top 100ish team that was possible before November
10) Jones is part of the missing piece, we saw the impact last night with that stroke and defense.
6 games left, don't even care what seed they end up at. At this point, it's shoring up how this team executes in games. Beach is a team that others have to be concerned about match-ups, not the other way around. the top 7 teams have some good players regardless of who we might get. & the championship game is likely to be vs. either Irvine or SB but who knows.
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