Freshmen basketball finally captured an elusive second win after a four–point loss to Agoura. A 28–point win against a rival, Westlake, boosted the moral of the players. Today, T.O. now moves to an away game against Oaks Christian at 3 p.m.
The key plays in the Lancer win were off their defense against Westlake’s offensive sets, which were a key point of Thursday’s practice. Terrific communication was also a key to preventing scoring on inbounding plays. Perimeter defense was not a problem for Lancers either, only allowing one three for the entirety of their last matchup.
“The biggest [factor] to winning our last game was setting solid screens for our outside scorers and calling the correct plays to get our shooters open,” center Nate Swanson said.
The three–point line was a huge factor, especially for guard Tyler Grech, who caught fire with a series of threes that game.
Being a rivalry matchup, the environment was in favor of the Lancer’s speedy and physical play style. This fast tempo play also prevented the Warriors from setting up their offense and getting the ball down low to the big men, an advantage that they used many times in their last game.
Now the Lancer’s face another tough opponent in Oaks Christian. They are a fast and physical team, but they lack significant height. In their first game, they crashed the offensive boards aggressively and had the same energy for attacking the paint, scoring the bulk of their points on line drives and second–chance opportunities.
“We need to play tight defense and get to the help side on the post players,” forward Brennan Sparks said.
At this point in the season, with a 2–6 record, the Lancers are looking for a final kick to finish off strong and have a salvageable league record. There are two games: tonight’s against Oaks Christian at an away game, and Newbury Park at home to end the season.