Basketball: Bruins want Collison to get into the zone

first_imgMORGANTOWN, W.Va. – UCLA point guard Darren Collison is quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble, a consistent enough shooter to make open jumpers and possesses the vision to pass the ball in traffic. And as Bruins coach Ben Howland puts it, Collison should be great against a zone defense, which continues to give UCLA more trouble than it should. When the Trojans used a 2-3 zone in the first half, Westbrook’s ability to penetrate the zone, jump-stop and either dish to an open man or make a jumper was on display. It led to eight straight points for UCLA (21-2), and represented one of the few times the Bruins found offensive rhythm. “We have to be more consistent when we’re playing against a 2-3 zone,” Collison said. “Right now we have to look for ways to be more consistent, and keep working at it and working at it.” The Mountaineers (18-5) play a mixture of 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones, as well as a soft man-to-man, switching defense. “Some nights we’ll execute and play well, and some nights we can’t seem to figure it out,” Afflalo said. “Right now, we have one guy who can consistently get (in the zone) and make plays, and that’s Darren. And Russell does a great job with his minutes, so maybe that’s a guy we need to utilize a little more. “I seem to be the guy holding us back when it comes to zone. It just takes everybody to get in there and apply a little effort to make plays for others.” As UCLA continues to be schizophrenic against zones, teams ill-equipped to deal with the Bruins’ perimeter talent will likely implement that style of defense. “A lot of times what we have problems with is that we get too perimeter-oriented,” Howland said. “You have to get the ball inside, whether it’s man or zone. You’ve got to get the ball inside either at the low post or the high post to get the defense to react and collapse, and then you kick it back out.” Part of the problem is UCLA seems to have a lack of confidence in going to centers Lorenzo Mata and Alfred Aboya. Another problem is the Bruins’ outside shooting. Although Collison (49.3percent) and Afflalo (39.2 percent) are above average when it comes to shooting the 3-pointer, wings Josh Shipp (29.3 percent/ 17.1percent in Pac-10) and Michael Roll (31.7 percent in Pac-10) have not provided the consistent third option from the perimeter. “Darren should be one of the best guys in the country at being able to dribble, penetrate gaps, get in there and then stop and slow down,” Howland said. “As he gets better and better at it, it sure makes us better. There’s no reason he can’t get in there. It’s just a matter of him thinking about it.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The next test comes today when No. 2 UCLA meets zone-oriented West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum, but whether Collison can break it down is a two-part question. First, Collison seems to go into funks sometimes against zones. Second, and more important inthis instance, he is a game-time decision because of an injured left shoulder. He did not practice Thursday or Friday. center_img “That puts us at a disadvantage, obviously, if he can’t play,” Howland said. “He’s getting treatment with our trainer so we’ll just have to wait and see. He could not lift his arm above his shoulder (Wednesday) morning.” Collison suffered a sprained AC joint in Wednesday’s win against USC, but Howland said it was not known exactly when the injury occured. If Collison can’t play, freshman Russell Westbrook will start, and leading scorer and off-guard Arron Afflalo will be the backup. With this being a non-conference game, and Pacific-10 Conference games at Arizona State and Arizona looming next week, there could be an inclination to hold Collison out. “We’re going to see how it feels, but if he’s going to miss a game, it’s going to be this game as opposed to a Pac-10 game,” Howland said. “It will be just like Josh (Shipp’s) injury or Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute’s) injury. We’re going to err of the side of caution on this.” Westbrook does not defend as well as Collison, but in spurts has shown the ability to attack a zone. last_img read more

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first_imgMoville GAA News:Lotto Jackpot numbers drawn were 11,18,23,24. There was no jackpot winner. €50 winner was Elaine Murphy Coastguard Station. Next weeks jackpot is €2700. Senior men earn a draw away to Muff. Senior men travelled the short journey to play our neighbours on Saturday last having beat Muff at home it was always going to be a tight encounter playing them away especially having been fielding our last number of games with a under strength squad.Muff got the better start and were 6 points up but credit to our players they dug deep and came back to level the game at half time. some great scores were exchanged during the second half and Moville found themselves behind again but managed to come away with a draw. Scorers John Mc Geady 1.0 , Nigel Mc Monagle 0-2, Enda Faulkner 0-2, Joshua Lafferty 0-2, Seamus Hegarty, Joe Mc Bride, Sean O Hare 0-1 each. Underage training will resume in September for under 6s, under 8s and under 10s. An Inishowen under 9 and 11 league has been set up to start at the end of the month to get teams ready for next years go games. Find full information on our Facebook site.  Our Under 16 boys played a great game at home against Glenfin last week it had everything some great scores in the first half and great passages of play Moville leading by half time by 8 points. The second half saw the game swing into Glenfins favour having scored 2 goals minutes into the second half but the boys from Moville dug deep put the shoulder to the wheel and came away with a well deserved victory. Final score 5-08 to 4-10 scorers James Farren 2-0 , Kyle Harkin 2-0 , Patrick Faulkner 1-05 , Gareth Foynes 0-2 & Casey Browne 0-1. The club would like to wish the best of luck toDonegal ladies in the all Ireland quarter final next Sunday in Clones. Throw in 12:30. The game will be televised live on TG4. Special mention to the Moville contingent of Davy Mclaughlin, Ciara Hegarty, Niamh Hegarty and Niamh McLaughlin. GAA NEWS: MOVILLE EARN HARD FOUGHT DRAW AGAINST MUFF IN LEAGUE ENCOUNTER was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Sportlast_img read more