Bulldogs Go Through Organized Periods in Closed Scrimmage
Nov. 2, 2015
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech and South Alabama met halfway in a gym in Mississippi to take part in a closed scrimmage which was broken up into five eight-minute periods.
Although the final result and statistics from the scrimmage Saturday cannot be released due to NCAA rules, head coach Eric Konkol and the Bulldogs were able to go up against somebody else after going against themselves for 21 practices.
“I think the players really enjoyed going up against somebody else,” Konkol said. “We were able to see some of our actions, both offensively and defensively, against someone who did not know what was happening. I think as a team, I thought we competed. I thought that the things we need to work on the most, that we need to continue to improve on, are our rebounding and taking care of the basketball offensively.”
Instead of playing the traditional two 20-minute halves, the teams decided to set a schedule in large part so that each team could go against different types of offenses and defenses like man-to-man, zone and press.
“We wanted to have a set schedule of breaks as we are building up our wind and our conditioning and also to have set teaching moments,” Konkol said. “Every four minutes, you have some type of break so we wanted to set it up that way where every four minutes you have a chance to speak to your team and get fresh bodies in to rotate everybody.”
One of the other benefits to playing the closed scrimmage was being able to have the game officiated by referees who made sure to address some of the points of emphasis for this upcoming season when it comes to contact and fouls.
“There were no issues with the clock,” Konkol said in regards to the shot clock being reduced from 35 to 30 seconds. “There were several early fouls called from contact in the paint or hedging on ball screens. They really want a free flowing game where people can use their offensive skills.”
LA Tech will have one more tune-up on Thursday, Nov. 5 in a home exhibition versus Southwest Baptist.
The Bulldogs officially open the 2015-16 regular season on Friday, Nov. 13 versus Millsaps College inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
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