Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hoyas "turnovers" tell the tale of a 68-64 loss to the Bearcats


TURNOVERS! Not good at all. After coaching basketball for so many years "turnovers" especially "unforced turnovers" would drive me CRAZY! Well, it's really hard for me to get over giving away something that's so dear to you on the basketball court and you lose. I have no problem with TO's, that's a part of the game, but the problem I have is turning the ball over too many times where it cost your team the game. It's almost like you say, "here's the ball visitors have at it." I know the Hoyas didn't mean to turn the ball over so many times as it cost them the game, but I can tell you this is another lesson they can learn from. 

I'm not taking anything away from the Bearcats, but this game was ours and we gave the game away. "We cannot turn the ball over like that," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "That was the ball game. You've got to give them credit, but then after you do that, most of our turnovers were what I call unforced turnovers. ... It was just us not being good passers, not being good receivers."

When you have two big losses in conference play there's some things you have to go back and do as a team.  Hoyas coach John Thompson III said losing back-to-back games in conference play should make everyone assess their play. “You have to go back and do some introspection from top to bottom,” he said. “You just have to keep moving forward and keep getting better.”

Some little reminders, if a team shoots a jumper and misses push the rock all the way to the basket. Don't let the defense set. Attack the basket "consistently" because if you don't you will let your opponents back in the game. Guards have to dribble low. Why? They can move fast and the ball is harder to steal. My team has to say to them to themselves, "this is our ball, take care of it, no turnovers, go get it, IT'S OURS!"

Senior G Jason Clark said it was important for the team to not let the feeling of losing permeate the squad. “We can’t fall into the rhythm of losing,” he said. “We can’t start pointing fingers. We know what makes us good, and we’ve got to get back to those things.

"Life is a never-ending game of setbacks, expectations, strategy moves and raw guts." -James Farmer
"Faith Develops In Adversity -John Thompson Jr.



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