Grading the Hawks Tip-off Classic performance

Offense
B- The    Hawks offensive play was spotty. In the final round, the team just couldn’t manufacture any points whatsoever for over three minutes, while allowing Contra Costa to go on a nine point run. The deficit con- tinued until LPC took a 12 point loss in a game which, up until then, they seemingly
controlled.
Defense
A- During    the final two rounds, LPC played tough, physical basket- ball. It’s something that any team needs to do in order to succeed. Coach Farris was able to mold a group of mostly freshmen into a formidable opposition. The only prob- lem? LPC was unable to main- tain that sort of pose after 30 minutes of play in the champi-
onship round.
be a team MVP. Until then, he is a guy that will max out around 10 minutes and never see what he clearly has the capability to be.
Team Effort
C+
The    team play was just spotty. At some points they would come off as unstoppable, but at other times they seemed lifeless and self-centered. A starting team is five players and a finishing team is eight or more. LPC has 14 players, some of which are very talented but succumb to their own success. They get greedy and forget that there are others that want to con- tribute.
Once Contra Costa took a look at the box score, it was clear to see that all they needed to do was apply more pressure to the shooters for the win.
Team MVP: B.T. Shabazz
Shabazz is a player with an insane amount of talent. He’s someone that can shoot well, but drive the ball home for the lay in also- over guys that are much larger than he.
The Hawks have one of the tallest players in the con- ference in freshman
Justin Wolfe. Wolfe is six- foot-seven and was the tall- est of any player on the court during the three LPC games. The issue is that Wolfe seems unable-or unwilling- to use two hands when grabbing boards. If Wolfe improved in this region-and uses more physicality down low-he could
Overall
C+
The    tipoff classic’s    pri- mary objective for teams and
coaches is to gauge their level of play. LPC has shown that it has the players to succeed in a statewide competition. But, that’s once again if the players are willing to work for it.

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