Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey said that last weekend's scrimmages gave his club a good idea of who they are, what they can do well, while also serving to define those aspects of their game that are not yet up to par.
Naturally, the first question fans want to know is always: “Well, what about the scores?”
For the record, the Jaguars lost a two-point decision to Midland College, defeated a tough Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College by three points, dropped a game to Missouri State-West Plains, won going away over New Mexico Military Institute and won by a whopping 38 points against Eastern Oklahoma State.
The season's first practice games took place in Lewisville on Friday and in The Colony on Saturday.
“The greatest thing about this past weekend is we really see who we are as a team now,” Bailey said early Monday morning. “Those scrimmages gave us clarity. We now know first hand what we can do well, what we need to work on, and what we can't do at all.
“There are a lot of things that we can fix and get better in if we are able to lay aside our stubbornness and mood swings.
Bailey added that there were several lessons learned last weekend.
“Some of our kids realized that they have got to be able to step up some areas of their game,” Bailey said. “And I've got to pick my game up too. Our loss to Missouri State was a coaching loss and that was my fault.”
Bailey said that his club's strength's will be its speed and athleticism, but that its lack of size will make rebounding challenging.
“We have a lot of speed and quickness,” Bailey said. “Our guard play should be good and we should be good on the wing.
“On the other side of things though, we aren't going to roll out any 6-foot-8 or 6-foot-9 guys, so rebounding is not going to be one of our strengths.”
All-in-all Bailey said that he was satisfied with what he saw over the weekend, but that his team still has a long way to go in getting ready for its season opener early next month.
“It's a long year, but we're excited with what we have,” Bailey said. “We just have a lot of work to do.”
The Jags will scrimmage three teams on Saturday at a jamboree hosted by Cedar Valley College in Lancaster.
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