Five takeaways: White House leaves Beech with two wins

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Posted On: 11/18/17 6:25 PM

White House left Beech High School with two wins.  The second game (vs. Beech) proved to AAA school they are more than gritty, they are disciplined.  White House captured their fourth win of the season, 84-78.

Beech dominated the offensive glass.  Despite the countless misses of three-pointers and bunnies alike, the Buccaneers wrangled many misses off the rim.  With their extra looks Beech was able to keep close

White House made free throw after free throw.  Less than 10 seconds elapsed between whistles.  Over twenty fouls dragged the first quarter down.  The pacing hardly changed for most of the game.

Halfway home White House lead 35-28.

How does Beech score best?

The Buccaneers found their most success countering off White House misses.  When the hosts sprinted up the floor they created problems for the shorter, smaller Blue Devils.  Even if Beech missed, and they missed a lot, they were able to get second and third chance points.  Jayson Brown, in particular, rebounded very well on the offensive end.

How did White House break the Beech press?

The visitors really figured out how to collapse the Beech fullcourt press.  Over and over Beech extended pressure and White House guards (Jared Ward, Jacob McDonald, Logan Neufeld) cut to the middle instantly destroying the press’ structural integrity.  The next pass consistently found a short corner big or weakside corner shooter.

The Blue Devils were both well-schooled and remarkably diligent in the execution.  Evan Webster (2020) buried corner triples in succession to close out the first half.  OVerall the

What is the number one White House weakness?

Beech dominated the offensive glass.  Despite the countless misses of three-pointers and bunnies alike, the Buccaneers wrangled many misses off the rim.  With their extra looks Beech was able to keep close early.  Without their multiple bites of the same apple Beech would have been blown out early, likely never to return.

It kind of goes hand in hand, but White House also struggles to defend the rim.  They simply don’t have the size or girth to deny bigs or keep guards from attempting in the lane.

How can Beech improve?

The talent and depth of Beech is impressive.  They tend to struggle most in the halfcourt offense.  Facing smaller defenders they preferred to dump the ball down to the blocks.  This can and should work, but against bigger teams the team needs to execute more naturally.  Jayson Brown is really the best player at creating his own shot.  A.J. Robertson can hit from the outside and Mitchell Sorenson gets into problem areas.

The teammates trust each other, but could use an extra pass to increase their overall shooting percentage.

Post scoring doesn’t really become a priority until the coach directs them there.

What is the best Beech lineup?

Beech Head Coach Kip Brown loves to sub and sub plenty.  In the first game of the doubleheader he swapped five man units constantly.  It is difficult to see which five he prefers, but most likely he would run with: Jayson Brown, Kaleb Powell, AJ Robertson, Mitchell Sorenson, and Jalen Woods or Jake Butler.

The best lineup for Beech appears to be Robertson, Brown, Sorenson, and Leroy Blackwell and George Roberson.

The last two seniors give Beech something different.  Roberson can score with his back to the basket.  He is a big-bodied center capable of getting offensive rebounds and scoring on the dump down.  Blackwell enters and exists Coach Brown’s doghouse pretty often.  Still, he is a dynamic player with good strength on the ball.  He makes a difference with his intensity and versatility.

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