By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.– Jamboree’s are always a nice measuring stick for a team looking to come together before the game’s start counting here in a few weeks.
For Clackamas Community College Men’s Basketball, hosting the NWAC Jamboree Scrimmages a week after their first scrimmage gives them five more opportunities to get better.
To improve as a unit and continue to positive trend upwards as their first official game of the year versus Highline at home here on November 18.
Teams like Umpqua Community College, Pacific University JV, and Mount Hood Community College filled the gym at Randall Hall as the eight team’s involved got so many different looks to help them with looks and come together as a team.
“I think the main takeaway as a team, you get to five different scrimmages against five different teams,” said CCC Cougar Head Coach Clif Wegner. “So you get different stuff. We looked at three-quarter court trap today, a half-court trap, two different half court zones, man-to-man defense and full court man. So we got a lot of experience playing against a lot of things with different teams, so that’s a good takeaway.
“Another good takeaway, you measure yourself more against how other teams are, how well their running their stuff and another takeaway is it’s another great day of basketball. So there’s a lot of good basketball players and a lot of four-year coaches here watching, a lot of media people here. So good day for NWAC Basketball.”
Every day is a good day when you’re playing ball, that’s for sure.
The Cougars were improving on the court, communicating and gelling as a unit as they showed character and supported one another on and off the court.
“We showed character today, that’s one thing,” said Elroi Butler. “Coming in we were cold, we didn’t have time to warm-up against our opponent, but we showed that even without warming up, and being cold we’re still able to make it our advantage.
“We played together, our bench was nice and loud.”
Another benefit that comes from these Jamboree’s, is an in-depth look at how they can improve as a unit for practice entering their next game.
Either with one’s game like Butler points to in order to help the team, or in general as unit.
“I think we can be a little more consistent,” starts Butler. “There’s things like rebounding or, as fair as I’m concern with me, commit less turnovers. Just slowing the game down, being a little more patient.”
“I feel like we should be a better rebounding team than what we showed today,” said Wegner. “That’s one area of improvement we need to make. I thought we played on-ball screens pretty darn well today, mostly our defense was pretty solid. Our offensive execution was not very good, so I think that’s one area to focus on next week, better ball movement, better movement to execute our offense.”
Up next for CCC is hosting a scrimmage against their Alumni Sunday November 13 at the gym in Randall Hall.
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