-It’s still not pretty, but it’s a win. I’ll try to keep this brief as well as the film review clips. Just trying to knock off the preseason rust before the regular season starts. So let’s go!
-Giving up 18 offensive boards in this one is unacceptable.
-JJ Traynor brought some life to the court and grabbed six offensive rebounds and converted a lot of those to points or at least free throws. That may be how he impacts the team this year. Just getting out there and getting the hustle points and clean up the messes. There will be messes to clean up.
-El Ellis is obviously going to have to be THE guy on offense for the Cards, but I think sometimes he gets carried away and we just have to live with it. I mean, what are your other options? He sometimes drives the lane and draws three or four defenders and still goes to the rim. Or he will get a great assist on one possession and then be feeling it and take a step back, contested jumper that misses on the next possession. But again, what else do you do?
-Cards had eight assists to 14 turnovers. Not ideal.
-Chaminade outscored Louisville in the paint 38-30. That should never happen with our size advantage. Height can only take you so far. If you aren’t going to play big, it doesn’t matter. The post players get pushed around and punked for rebounds way too much in these first two exhibition games. What will ACC teams do?
-It took El Ellis having 28 points and playing nearly 38 minutes to beat this Chaminade team. Please stay out of foul trouble this season, El. Thank you.
-Jae’Lyn Withers continues to show flashes of what he can do. He can knock down the three, he can get to the rim, and he will frustrate you at times too. I’d like to see him get as aggressive on defense as he is on offense when he has the ball.
-We saw the rotation shrink to about seven players in this one. Even though 11 guys played, four of them played under seven minutes. Everyone else was at 19 minutes or above.
-Brandon Huntley-Hatfield seems to still be trying to find his role and place on the floor. And even though he only had two points, it’s still good to see him get eight rebounds and contribute something.
-The film isn’t great, nor should it be. Most of it is negative but I see what I see. Still frustrating when some of the clips are just a lack of hustle. No excuse for that. But as always, thank you for reading.
Go Cards…Go Krogering!
I know we get the deflection at the end, but how does the ball handler run faster than three of our guys down the court? Just runs right between two of them and passes them up. pic.twitter.com/bkcNEPx6M9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
They don’t hit the shot, but after Withers scores, everyone just jogs back on defense. Zero urgency at all. Chaminade gets a wide open look just by sprinting. pic.twitter.com/8tyRbyoMc9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
Nice from BHH here. He gets the ball and opens up to see the whole floor. Watch when he ball fakes. Gets one defender in the air, and gets Withers’ man to come down to Traynor, leaving Withers open for the shot. Good vision and a simple ball fake made the difference. pic.twitter.com/2rkJT3b5Ia— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
Wheeler jumps with the pass and loses his man cutting backdoor. Hercy Miller is not under the basket in help position. Ball is in the opposite corner of where his man is so he has to move towards the ball more. Easy layup. pic.twitter.com/oGplL9X0CZ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
This is just bad. When the ball is getting turned over, both teams have three players below the foul line, so it’s 2 on 2. But the next two players down the floor are from Chaminade. Why? Then ALL FIVE Cardinals surround one guy in the post and no one covers the shooter. pic.twitter.com/qncmLjXhez— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
More bad defense. Lands gets taken off the dribble way too easily. Withers steps up to help, but Curry or Ellis don’t help the helper. pic.twitter.com/W0UIz3FMTE— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
El Ellis does a good job here of getting basically to the paint, drawing defenders, and making the right pass. When he keeps it simple, it looks great. pic.twitter.com/6aIuacg7hT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
But when El doesn’t keep it simple, it can look bad. He over-penetrates and I pause it around the time he could kick to someone on the perimeter. He did his job and drew extra defenders, now kick. pic.twitter.com/fNvDjnS2F3— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022
For all of the bad defense, here is a good one. Curry’s man rolls to the basket and Lands helps over to contest and that gives Curry time to get back as well. Too many times we see this be an open dunk. Good rotation from the freshman. pic.twitter.com/iiOAElChw5— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 5, 2022