Tigers try to break mid-season slump

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Exeter long on problems, short on hardwood answers

The basketball season has not gone exactly as planned for the Exeter boys basketball team.

The Tigers got off to a promising start with a 54-45 season-opening win over Thomas Jefferson, but have dropped seven straight, including both games in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament.

Since its opening game win, Exeter hasn't scored more the 47 points in any contest this season.

The Tigers return three starters from last year's squad, and for coach Jay Allen, the solutions start with them.

"Our biggest need is for our leaders to take responsibility and action on the floor," Allen said. "Our energy is lacking, especially when we fall behind."

The Tigers run a motion offense, according to Allen. It is designed to create mismatches and open shots, and neither is occurring.

"There are no short fixes," Allen said. "We can't just execute for a few possessions in a game and expect that to be sufficient."

Turnovers have also plagued the Tigers this season. Exeter turned the ball over 34 times in two games at Walnut Grove.

"You can't be that careless," Allen said. "We are struggling to get back on defense already. Giving the other team transition baskets doesn't help."
Allen plans to spend the next view practices trying to reignite the team's fire.

"We have too much experience not to get this turned around," Allen said. "We have to have some good practices."

Exeter travels to Halfway on Jan. 3, 2015. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

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