Thursday, December 22, 2016

Three things we learned from Friday night’s boys basketball game

Connor Davis celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer.

It may have just been one game, but we definitely learned a lot in the varsity boys basketball game against Holland Christian. I’ll try to brief a couple of the things that we learned on Friday night.

First, we learned that Holland Christian’s senior forward Kyle Steigenga is for real. Though he only put up 9 points, his presence was definitely felt, as both an offensive and defensive power. He certainly came to play Friday night. We knew he would be a threat in the post with his 6’6″ height. What we didn’t know, was that he wasn’t just spectacular in the post, but good from all over the court as well. He could drive the lane, shoot the mid-range jumper, or drain a 3-pointer like it was nothing. I would say he definitely got the best of us last Friday.

Second, we learned that there is something to our team that was being overlooked. We all knew that Elijah Walker or Grant Wolfram could pull up and hit the 3-pointer when they needed to, but another player really showed his stuff from the perimeter. That player being Hamilton’s 6’5″ post player Connor Davis. He is usually known for his aggressive post play, but he definitely didn’t hesitate to pull up and drain a couple 3′s in Friday’s game. He ended the night 2 for 3 from behind the 3-point line. Davis’s 3-point shooting ability probably won’t  be expected by teams, so this could be crucial in the long run.

Third, we learned how crucial it is to get our shots to fall, especially in the second half. Our shooting percentage on Friday was just 36%. That shooting percentage was very similar to other games that we lost in the second half, for example we shot 37% from the field against both West Ottawa and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Both of those games were tallies in the loss column for the boys. This shows us that in order to win games, we can’t keep doing what we’re doing. We must dictate the tempo and style of play rather than let the opponent’s make that determination. An observation from this season, is the team seems to abandon their post offense and settle for not very high percentage shots. It will be key for Hamilton moving forward to get the ball inside to their big guy Connor Davis and let him do what he does.  To execute late in games, shot selection and the types of shots that they boys team takes will be pivotal.

“We need to find ways to score more points against physical and aggressive defenses,” Coach Brant Haverdink said.

The boys are looking forward to an away game Tuesday night against a 2-6 Allendale team. Try to make it out to Allendale to support the team at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Courtesy of: www.coveringhawkeyesports.com

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