By: Marcus Joseph
The Florida A&M basketball team got to work early Saturday morning in the Al Lawson Multi Purpose Gymnasium, for the team’s first official orange and white scrimmage of the 2011-2012 season.
Players and coaches started Saturday’s scrimmage with a brief meeting with the referees, to go over 2011-2012 MEAC rule changes.
The team tipped-off, and got off to a fast-paced performance, which is what coach Clemon Johnson hopes to implement and utilize with his team this season.
“The scrimmage went quite well,” said Johnson. “I am very pleased with what I saw today.”
“We need to work on shooting,” he said. “There were a lot of open shots that were missed. We also forced shots. It’s just the open shots have to go in the basket.”
About 30 to 40 Rattler fans were in attendance to see the new-look team. Students and fans were able to get a glimpse of Johnson’s fast pace offense, aggressive and live defense.
“We’re going to be a fast break team,” said Johnson. “We want to keep pressure on both sides of the ball.”
The team performed in two 20-minute halves, with a three min break. Players and coaches were able to get there first game like situation of the season.
“We came out and wanted to show what we learned, so far,” said assistant coach, Chadrick Johnson, who was coaching the white squad. “We started off good, we got a little tired and then the other team just started hitting shots and making a lot of stuff tougher for us.”
“Overall, I think we had a very conscious effort trying to run the plays that have been put in place,” he said.
Talking to Rattler players after their first scrimmage, it is obvious that players are determined on winning the MEAC title, and returning to the NCAA tournament.
The team had Sunday off, and will return to practice on Monday, as they prepare for their first home game against Albany State, Nov. 4.
“Overall, I am happy with what I saw today, because the little errors can be corrected and changed,” said coach Johnson.