they had some guys with long arms and they crashed the boards. a great reminder rebounding isn't just two guys - everybody has to block out. It was almost getting automatic to outboard everybody by 10 each game. well not so fast.
it worked for them.
they ramped up ball denial, and especially guarding in transition. it's clear after Bake did that starting 2nd half and last night, no more 'free path' for our guys or unguarded long passes down the court.
gonna have to adjust, and basically make stronger passes everywhere. the jig is up on the 'revamped' look of the team that won 6 straight
2) that's basically it. back to boards and passing, it's no secret we don't have a classic or experienced point guard, so pressure the heck on Long Beach
3) scary thought is...
we shot the 3 ok, and have been for last couple of weeks, ok it's not 40%, but it's not in the 20% eitehr. Jones is back on. just sucks AJ couldn't hit that open 3 to get within one. happens
we hit like 12 straight FTs
so we did the things we hand't done well and lost, versus didn't do the things we had done well. nothing is easy
4) it was a decent effort to get back to 4. just can't start a half with 12 TOs, and can't start a 2nd half leaving a sharp-shooter open to get 10 points in 60 seconds or so
5) the pick and roll defense. don't know the answer, can't always play zone. Teams are going to pull LT to the top of the key with pick n rolls to get him away from the bucket to a) get him out of rebounding position, and b) get around him for paths to the bucket
either LTs got to start hedging better or we have to trap aggressively which is tough. don't know the answer, but both Riverside and UCSB just killed us on that. and teams will target that. all the other guys can interchange defensively for most part. LT is the challenge for us, we don't want him out there at all. Nothing against LT, he's agile just can't guard those guys out there.
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