What’s going on everyone! Things have been kind of hectic the last month since I wrote my last blog with basketball and school because my schedule for both have increased. My team has qualified to play in European competition, so we will be traveling and playing games twice a week this year. Our last European game we played against a team from Paris, France at home. It was a great game from beginning to end because everyone that got to play was on top of their game. We hit 60% from 3-point range and it seemed like everything we shot went into the basket. In the end we cruised to an easy victory.
The start of the regular season in our local league has gotten off to a little bit of a slow start for us. We have dropped a few games at home and on the road that could've been victories with just one or two different plays during the game. Our first game of the season was against Holon away and it was big for us to get out to a good start to the season. We started the game pretty slow in the first quarter but picked it up in the second and third quarters with our aggressive defense. We went into the fourth quarter with a 18-point lead and end up winning the game by three points with free throws. I think we got too complacent with the lead, instead of continuing to play aggressive and pushing the lead to 20 plus. The next game we played Galil at home and it was a similar story to the Holon game. We jumped out to a nice lead in the first half of the game and in the second half we let it slip away. This time it caught up with us and we lost in the end 83-77 to Galil at home. Next was an away game against Netanya, who was coming off a big victory from the previous week. They were a great rebounding team and the main objective for us was to try and get their big men in foul trouble. We succeeded in doing so and the tempo of the game played in favor because of great defense. We closed the game with some big rebounds and even bigger free throws to come out with the W.
Right now I am on the back of the bus writing this blog, on our way home from Germany, where we played against the team from Frankfurt. It was good to get out and play against another team from another league. They had a very big front court and we wanted to use it against them because they were slow, but that meant we had to get the rebound first. We can out strong at the beginning of the game and were able to put pressure on the home team right away with our defensive presence. They made a few runs but in the end we were able to make the final 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead and put the game away. They made a few late game three’s to cut the score down but didn’t have a chance of winning. The final score was 83-78, W for us!
This year’s team is really young, including our head coach, and everyone is new to the team. So as we play, we are learning a new system as well as how to adapt and play with each other. It’s a process and thus far in the season I think that our losses have come from us more or less shooting ourselves in the foot, rather than the other team beating us. Cutting down on unforced turnovers is the big target for us and once we do that, then sky is the limit for us. On another note, felt good to see my Cards beat Butler at home for the first official win in the KFC Yum Center! My games are usually on Saturday/Sunday and on Tuesday and you can watch them live or in replay at www.triangletv.net. The schedule for the games is on the site so it will tell what day and time the game will be broadcasted. ‘Til the next I sign on…..Peace!
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