That Other Sport

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Drexel v. Rider – Team Huddle, originally uploaded by du_dragons.

Back before my football obsession, there was basketball. Drexel University basketball, to be exact. And as I approach my 10 year reunion in 2007, and my 15th season of fandom, I have but one request:

Would somebody set a f**king screen? Please…

This won’t be a long post, as I need to get to bed. But I have to say that Bruiser Flint is putting some good talent out on the floor, and they’re in dire need of some offensive sets. There’s a lack of cutting through the lane or popping shooters, and too much emphasis on isolation. Dom is having trouble finding open looks, and it’s only half his fault.

Anyway, the quick recap from tonight’s game at Rider is this: we were winning at the half, we gacked away an 8 point lead with 1:05 to go in the game, and we looked like crap in the OT. End of story.

I’ll hopefully be in Philly Wednesday for the Toledo game. More (and better) pictures, and a half-decent writeup are planned.

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2 responses to “That Other Sport

  1. A screen is when a player on offense prevents a defender from following another offensive player by getting in his way.

    The idea is that if the moving offensive player runs past a teammate, and then runs behind him, the defensive player following the moving guy has to alter his course to avoid running into the offensive player standing still. That will slow down or stop the defender, giving the moving guy at least a second of time where he’s not covered. This is a pick, and the offensive player setting the pick can’t move, or it’s a foul.

    When the offensive player comes around the pick, his defender is screened out, and the offensive player can receive the ball and shoot. Usually this is done on the perimeter, opening up a clear jump shot.

    The screen is important because not all shooters can create their own separation from the defense. A good ballhandler can create space by dribbling into an open spot, making the defender play catch up and probably drawing a foul. Some shooters have a good fake, which gets the defender in the air and lets the shooter dribble past him or just wait until the defender is on the way down to begin his jumper. And the best is when a dribbler has enough control to drive toward the basket, take a step back, and by doing that open a foot or two of space between himself and the defender.

    Dominic Mejia can do none of those very well, but he’s a great shooter. Hence, he needs a screen to get space to shoot.

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