PSHoops.com's own tjb penned a fantastic guest column for us as part of our Return To Rec features.
Thanks again, Tim!
Thanks again, Tim!
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The only two that played well tonight are D. Jack and Roberts. But, collectively, they did what they had to do to get the W. Then listening to the post game show on the way home, I hear Tim has a career high in assists and Ross has a ton of boards. At the game, I did think Ross had quite a few as he really went and got the ball tonight. But, I didn't think Tim had a good game despite the number of assists. Too many bad decisions.
Played an off/ugly game and we won. Good road win.
They came away with a double digit win and Chambers has plenty to get on them about. They obviously need to learn how to win these games more cleanly.
Having said that, it was a double digit win on their court and Penn State answered any runs Duquesne put together.
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Mike Watkins had 13 points, 18 rebounds & six blocks & Samir Doughty added 17 as Math, Civics & Sciences beat Council Rock North, 57-41.
|Samir Doughty & Mike Watkins connect on sick alley oop|
Many of the grassroots/AAU guys in Philly complain that Big 5 schools ONLY seem interested in potential "program changers"... Nova/Temple/SJU, they feel, only come after the top 100 Philly kids...
These guys feel that their other D1 kids don't get a fair look from local programs.. So, when they have "Big Time" kids they don't feel obliged to steer kids toward local programs...
Fair assessment or not, that's how they see it... PSU on the other hand has exhibited a strong interest in many local kids and it's been paying off...
The role of the "grassroots/AAU" guys is THE key... Those relationships need to be cultivated, nursed and maintained...
I just get soo frustrated with the same flaws over and over again. Pat even acknowledges them, but they don't change??? He mentioned defense and slow rotations, yet it happens every game, so do something about it. The rebounding skills need to worked on?? How many times do we bat the ball around like a volleyball, yet it doesn't change? We play "re-active" defense instead of being "proactive", which explains why we are letting guys right to the hope and fouling them on the way by.
Pat has changed the offense and it looks like a legit offense at this point, now he needs to work on the defense or get somebody in their who specializes on it and make it happen!!!
...I guess we forget...
How many games have these guys played together?
- For all practical purposes, this was Timmy's 12th game playing with DJ, as well as everyone else on the floor (besides Ross). It seems like so much more, but it's not.
- Donovon Jack played all of 112 minutes last year. That's equal to 3 full games
- Roberts, the first guy off the bench, is playing his first season here
- Woodward and Thorpe, the 2nd and 3rd guys off the bench, are both true freshmen
It will take time for this group to learn to play together. I think that defense takes a LOT longer than offense when it comes to playing together. There is really no equivalent to "creating your own shot" on defense. It's a team effort, or it's a failure.
I'm not even a big fan of zone defense but if a zone is getting beat by three perimeter passes then there is something systematically wrong with it.
Only down 7 and playing like this, let's turn it around.