Konkol Evaluates Bulldogs in Intrasquad Scrimmage

Oct. 24, 2015

RUSTON – With less than three weeks until the season opener, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took part in an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

It was the first scrimmage of fall practice for LA Tech as the team participated in two 20-minute halves to help head coach Eric Konkol and the coaching staff evaluate the team.

Broken up into blue versus white, the blue team, consisting of Derric Jean, Jy’lan Washington, Merrill Holden, LeAntwan Luckett and Jacobi Boykins, came out victorious with a 94-82 win.

“Today was great for us because we haven’t played an extended period of time in a scrimmage format to evaluate our conditioning and evaluate a couple of different lineups,” Konkol said following the scrimmage. “It was really good to see what guys could do and see some of the things they can do in the open floor in an extended period of time.

“I commended the blue team for a great effort. The blue team played well. They shot a great percentage and they challenged the white team. What basketball is all about is competition.”

Although the individual stats from the scrimmage were not released, Konkol saw the blue team shoot an incredible 58 percent from the field (37-64) and 37 percent from beyond the arc (7-19). The scoring was spread out with all five players scoring at least 13 points.

One of the many bright spots was Jean, the true freshman point guard who showed his poise and athleticism in helping lead the blue team to the win.



“I thought Derric had a great day,” Konkol said. “He is a guy that plays so hard and does not get tired. It showed today. The guy can run all day long. I was really happy for him.”

The white team was also fairly efficient shooting the basketball, going 32-of-65 for 49 percent.

Combined, the two squads started out hot from three-point range, making 10 of the first 19, but the percentages dropped for both as fatigue set in during the 90-minute time frame.

For fans who were not able to attend the open scrimmage, they can get an introduction to the 2015-16 team at Homecoming & Hoops which takes place on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

LA Tech has an exhibition game in the TAC on Nov. 5 versus Southwest Baptist before opening up the 2015-16 campaign with a home contest against Millsaps College on Nov. 13.

Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at (318) 257-3631 or by emailing techtickets@latech.edu.

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