Andy Mac Notebook: Saturday Scrimmage Notes
By Andy Mac Williams, 11/16/2020

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Xavier Basketball TEAM 99 Update...Saturday November 14 Report. Muskies split up into Blue-White teams again and played full court w/ game clock-3 refs and a halftime included. Last week a lot of individual talent showed itself and the overall shooting, depth and tempo looked much improved over TEAM 98. Today performance amped up to a higher level. The second half proved to be intense very competitive compelling basketball.

  • Frosh wing Colby Jones played after missing a week ago w/ a mild lower body tweak. He's a versatile active athletic 2G-SF type with slick passing skills-dribble drive capabilities-a floater move and a smooth outside shot.
  • Rotation ready. 2G Adam Kunkel(Belmont transfer-Cooper HS NKY) DNP w/ slight upper body injury. He warmed up etc. White(Kyky Tandy- Paul Scruggs-Colby Jones-Ben Stanley-Bryan Griffin) beat Blue( Dwon Odom-Nate Johnson-C. J. Wilcher-Jason Carter-Zach Freemantle) 64-60. Dionte Miles played for both teams.
  • White led 31-23 at the half w/ better inside scoring-more FTs-forcing more turnovers. Blue showed grit w/ 2nd half comeback.
  • One possession game into final minute White nailed down win w/ strong defense on O.B plays plus 2 FTS and stick back bucket for SR. leader Paul Scruggs.
  • Much stickier more physical half court defense overall. New BIGS Stanley and Griffin excelled inside scoring-getting to FT line-rebounding. Nice 4-5 depth w/ Freemantle-Carter and Miles. Freemantle knocked down 3 three pointers off pick and pop. BIGS all show hook shots.
  • PGs Odom and Tandy went head to head. Tandy had about a personal 10 point scoring run. Odom led 2nd half Blue surge w/ hard "D" and attacking rim offense. Griffin must have scored 16 to 18 inside w/ tips and short post moves plus FTs. Strong repeat jumper. Stanley strong on strong deadly FT stroke takes contact to get to FT line.
  • Very little aimless dribbling. Moving the ball w/ a purpose to get better shots. Bevy of knock down 3 point shooters in this group. Quick releases spotting up w/ a plan and thriving on ball reversal.
  • The final few minutes were really good basketball w/ an edge. Very encouraging! 12 guys can play and are competing hard to divide up 200 minutes/game.
  • Forgot to mention Nate Johnson (Gardiner Webb trabsfer-2G). He made several strong moves off dribble to go w/ his 3 point stroke and penchant for steals.
  • Miles had most memorable sequence(lefty jump hook off dribble at one end then sprint back to block a shot on defense. Great length perfect vs trigger man trying to inbound the ball in late game situations. Very disruptive like James Posey.
  • Opener is one week from Wednesday November 25-12 noon at Cintas versus Oakland( Horizon League) from Detroit area.

    Additional Notes:
  • COVID has forced cancellation of our(Byron Larkin and mine) Musketeer Club preview event scheduled for this Thursday. I'm bummed. It was becoming a tradition working w/ Byron.

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