Regardless of the sport, or the level, most coaches are of the belief that defense wins championships.
So, it was probably for that reason that Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey was excited to see a top shelf defensive effort from his Jaguars as they took on Mountain View, Eastfield and Jarvis Christian University in scrimmages that were played at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster on Saturday.
“If we were a stock, on Day 4 of practice I would not have bought in,” Bailey said. “But by Day 7 I was all in and was ready to buy. It is great to see our growth and I think the needle is definitely pointing upwards when it comes to this basketball team.”
And much of the reason's for Bailey's vote of confidence has been the vast improvement in his squad's defense.
“We faced three good schools (last weekend) that challenged us in different ways defensively,” he said. “Defense is our business and I think that we found our defensive identity at Cedar Valley. I am just so pleased with our progress.”
Bailey, who is now in his fourth season as head coach at JC, said that each of teams have been cut out of different cloth and have been in unique in a certain way.
So what will be the calling card of the 2013-14 Jag team?
“I think that this team will be more of a half-court team, defensively, more than any of the other teams have been since I've been here,” Bailey said.
The Jags have one more dress rehearsal — Oct. 26 at LeTourneau University in Longview (time to be announced) — before opening the regular season on Nov. 1 against Midland College (6 p.m. in Plano).