Friday, April 15, 2011

Diary Of A Baller: Otis "General" Livingston (NJ Got Game) Entry # 22

What’s up hoop heads?

This week we had 16u D2 states. In practice we worked on the shell defense and all of our sets. We got our big man Jameer back, so we needed to get him up to snuff on the plays. I think he caught on pretty quick. We knew we were going to be playing up so we were really focused at practice.

On Friday we started off against Asbury Park Rec. I think we started off slow and it seemed like we were in awe of their athleticism and physical play. The refs weren’t helping us out either LOL. Coach Pete told us to calm down, run our plays, push the ball, and not make so many turnovers. It still took us awhile to get into the groove, and we kept making crosscourt, soft passes and they were stealing them. In the 2nd half we pushed the ball and made better decisions with the rock. We started boxing out, which our coaches stress in practice. In the 2nd half we cut down the lead to about 13 (from 25), and then they had their run and were down by a lot again. We ended up losing by about 20, and after the game coach Pete said we played well in the 2nd half and in the beginning we came out nervous.

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