Learning From The St. Andrews Knights: The Strategy Against Much Bigger Teams

It hasn’t been a very peachy season for the St. Andrews Knights in men’s basketball. I am absolutely still their number one fan. But that also makes me their most disappointed fan with what we’ve all been seeing so far.

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It’s nice to see the team not losing by a blowout for a change. At least there are some flashes of brilliance on the floor. Take for example the game against Bryan College. The Knights actually had the lead at the half. With a field goal percentage of 53 percent at halftime, St. Andrews only proved that they could score, almost as many points as the opponent, that is.

However, not to undermine Coach Hernandez, basketball is not won on offense. We simply can’t trade baskets. When the game is on the line, teams naturally level up. That’s exactly what Bryan did.

Even with three Knights scoring in double figures consistently, just like what Zinaich, Smalls, and Vanderhorst did, we will have to come to terms with the fact that we are a much smaller team compared to the rest of the league. Only then can the Knights realize that the kind of defense they should be playing has to work with that.

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The Knights should be playing the full-court press for the whole game. Many might say that this is too huge of a demand, but the fact is we’re smaller. When we win, we’re more tired than bigger teams are whenever they win. We simply have to accept that.

We have to make calculated gambles in intercepting the ball, playing denial, and jumping as high as we can for those loose balls. We foul hard if we have to. That’s the only clear solution I see.

Hi, I’mPeter Benedict. Join me as I follow the different sports teams of the SAU Knights. You can follow me on Facebook for more updates.


Doing It Again: Gary’s Game Winner Against Bc

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When the St. Andrews Knights men’s basketball team fought against Bryan College, it was certainly a game to behold. During the first 2 quarters, both teams were pretty much neck to neck. However, St. Andrews University was able to break away from the opposing team for 10 points, resulting in a score of 48-38 at halftime. During the first 24 minutes, the Knights’ field goal percentage was at an impressive 51 percent, while their 3-point percentage was at 41 percent.

Midway during the 2nd half, St. Andrews would break away even further, extending their lead to 14 points at 59-45. However, the Bryan players were able to catch on fire as they were able to go on a 31-17 run, eventually tying the game at 76. By this point, there was only 10 seconds left on the clock. Luckily, there was Gary Titus who was able to do everything right during clutch time. He took the inbound pass, dribbled down the floor, and put up a buzzer beater floater which bounced off the backboard. The game ended with the Knights’ second conference win for the season.

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Titus Gary was the leader in points made at 17. His other teammates weren’t definitely slacking off as three other players were able to end the game with double figures as well. From three point land, Gary was 2 out of 8, while having five rebounds and two steals. After the game, he was able to acquire his 198th career 3-point field goals, which is now ranked first at the university since the 2008-2009 season.

Peter Benedict here. I went to St. Andrews University. It is where I honed my skills in business management and cultivated my lifelong love for sports. Follow me on Twitter!