The varsity finished the day 3-1 at the Wabash Shootout this past weekend. After a lack luster effort in our first game vs Culver, I thought we played some pretty good basketball the rest of the day. We beat a solid Whitko team who had two talented guards, then we beat South Vermillion, and Muncie Burris to finish the day. The JV finished their day at 2-2. Coach Wade reports that they played well most of the day. Their 2 losses were by by narrow margins. In one of those losses they fell behind by as much as 17 points before forcing the game to go into double overtime.
It has been an extremely busy June for the Lions. We have traveled over 1000 miles round trip to play in 5 different tournaments. Besides that, our kids were in the weight room, on the practice floor, and helped out with our summer camps for our youth program. Our players' work ethic has been very good and our attendance has been exemplary. I am excited about the direction that our baskeball program is heading.
With that being said, we need to understand that one month of hard work does not turn around a basketball program. This is will be an ongoing process for us. While we have made a major move forward, we still have a long way to go before we can compete for championships. I love the attitude of our players, and I have been blown away by the support of our community. It's obvious that we all want to see this thing get turned around, and if we can sustain the effort we demonstrated in June, I think we can.
I want to take a second to talk about my high school staff. I have been fortunate over the years to have been blessed with great assistant coaches. After one month at Loogootee it is easy to see that I have another great group of coaches to work with. Mike Wininger (varsity assistant), Bruce Wade (JV), and Noah Callahan (9th grade) have been a big part of what we have been able to accomplish in June. These guys are hard working men of character who want to see Loogootee Basketball be great again. They have already proven to be positive role models who expect excellence from our players. I love the fact that they are Loogootee guys, and that they wear the pride that they have for their school and basketball program on their sleeve. They are the perfect mix of "new blood" and "old school Loogootee Basketball." I've been very impressed with their knowledge, passion, and coaching ability. I think that I've hit a home run in hiring these guys.
I will be taking some time off from my daily tweets and weekly blog posts. We are on moratorium for the next two weeks. I am going to spend some time on vacation and moving the rest of my stuff out of my house in Covington. We are fortunate to have accepted an offer on our house this past weekend, so hopefully everthing is full go on that front, and we can start looking for a permanent residence in Loogootee.
Wabash College Shootout
The varsity and JV will be participating in our last shootout of the summer this Saturday (June 27).
Here is the varsity schedule
10 am vs Culver HS (Fieldhouse Court 1)
12 pm vs Whitko HS (Fieldhouse Court 2)
2 pm vs South Vermillion (Fieldhouse Court 1)
4pm vs Muncie Burris HS (Fieldhouse Court 2)
Here is the JV schedule
10 am vs Bismark Henning IL (Fieldhouse Court 4)
12 pm vs Greencastle (Fieldhouse Court 1)
1 pm vs South Spencer (Fieldhouse Court 4)
4 pm vs South Vermillion (Fieldhouse Court 4)
Both Varsity and JV teams will play in an "Overtime Tournament" that begins at 5 pm.
Note: The bus leaves at 7:15 am
Thursday Night Results
I want to thank everyone who came out to watch us play last night. We had approximately 150 people in the stands and we raised over $800 in donations at the door! The support that our program has received thoughout the community the past 2 months has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated. I have always known that Loogootee has a great passion for basketball, but I am continually reminded how great that passion is.
I want to thank last night's officials. Paul Arvin, Pace Jenkins, and Tim Lukomski all worked the games on a voluntary basis. I thought they did an excellent job calling the games and I really appreciate their willingness to give up an evening to help out our program. Also a special shout out to Anita Wildman for providing pizza and drinks for the officials and coaches after the game. Her generosity and thoughfulness are also greatly appreciated.
As for the games..... I know I surely must sound like a broken record when I say that we looked like we had potential at times, but we aren't playing with the consistency that I think is necessary to be a great team. That sentiment seems to me a common theme for me this summer. Last night we were playing a large number of players. In fact, we played 29 different players in the two tames (17 on the JV and 12 on the varsity). Its tough to find playing time for 29 players in two games and it is also difficult for our players to get in a rythm when we are playing that many players. Hopefully that doesn't sound like an excuse for our inconsistent play, because I am not fond of making excuses.
Technically speaking, I think we are starting to grasp the basic concepts of our half court man to man offense. I think we are becoming more comfortable with our spacing and we are starting to figure our where our shots will come from. We have demonstrated the ability to score fairly consistenly in our primary fastbreak, but we need some work on our secondary break. If you were at the games last evening it was probably evident that we have spent very little time on zone offense and virtually no time on our press breaker. Those are some things we will address this afternoon before we head to Wabash College tomorrow for our last summer shootout.
Defensively, we are definitely getting better. We still gamble too much, and our defensive rotations aren't on point yet, but I do see some improvement. Last night we got hurt on a ballscreen play a couple of times in the second half, but we have not had time to discuss how we will defend a ballscreen. Our post defense postioning could also use some work. I am encouraged by our defensive intensity- especially our perimeter players. I think we really possess some key ingredients necessary in becoming a top flight defensive team.
All in all it has been a very good month for us. Our players' work ethic and attendance has been outstanding. We are making significant gains in the weight room and in our overall athleticism. Our skill development is on the right track and will continue to improve. I wrote about culture several weeks ago, and I can honestly say that I think we are well on our way toward creating a culture in our program that will be condusive to developing men of character and winning championships.
Lions To Play At Home On Thursday
LIghthouse Christian Academy contacted us last week about playing a summer game. As it worked out, we decided to have the game this Thursday evening in Jack Butcher Arena. We will play a JV game at 6 pm with a varsity contest to follow. I am hoping to kill two birds with one stone with this game. First of all, it will be a chance for many in the community to get a sneak peak at what our basketball team will look like this season. Secondly, it is a chance for us to raise a little money for the basketball program. When I took over the program several weeks ago we didn't have any money in our basketball account. We have received some donations from the community, and the Lion Backers (in conjunction withe the K of C) are working on raising some funds through a gun raffle, but we are still running on empty at this point. Instead of charging admission at Thursday's game, we will be accepting donations at the door. I realize that many people have a lot going on in the summer, but hopefully you will get the chance to come out and see the Lions in action this Thursday.
The Varsity and JV traveled to Linton this past Saturday and had mixed results. The JV finished 2-1 on the day and the varsity finished 2-2. I report our records because people seem to be interested in those types of things, but in reality whether or not we win a summer game has very little value to me. Summer games certainly aren't the same as games played in January or February. Often times teams are playing while missing key players, and most of the time we play with different rules than we do in the regular season. Personal fouls are rarely kept, not all free throws are shot, etc... We cerrtainly don't have all of our system in at this point, and I don't substiitute the same way I will during the regular season.
I like to use summer games as a way to experiment and learn about my team. This summer we are trying to install some basic parts of our system, but more importantly I am continuing to learn more about what our players can do, and what they can't do. We have talked very little about defining roles at this point. I want the summertime to be a time of growth for our team, and for each individual player. If we start pigeonholing our players into specific roles in the summer we are really eliminating an opportunity for them to expand their games. As we move forward, there will be plenty of time to define roles and figure out a suitable substitution pattern.
My two biggest areas of concern right now are limiting our turnovers, and our perimeter shooting. We are making too many unforced errors with the basketball, and we have not shot the ball consistently well from the perimeter. We definitely have other areas to work on like feeding the post, floor spacing, and defensive positioning. I do think we have enough team athleticism to be competitive, and defensively, we have shown the ability to create some turnovers. We are far from a finished product at this point, but that is the way is should be in June. We just have a few days left before 2 weeks of moratorium, so its important for us to get as much done as we can the rest of this week.
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