Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Breaking down NU-BDO's win over UE-Cebuana Lhuillier

Just sharing some thoughts on how I look at basketball games.

I look at the make up of a team. What kinds of players are there? Do they like to run or are they a walk it up team?

I am a firm believer that if a team doesn’t have the height then they should play a swarming type of game on defense then run at every opportunity. There should be some shooters to keep the lane defense a little loose to allow the slashers room to drive.

Been harping on the 24-second shot clock and how teams like NU-BDO should take advantage of that.

Taking notes on the game yesterday, that attacking game netted 29 free throw attempts and 20 fastbreak points. The frenetic attack allowed the Bulldogs to even beat UE-Cebuana Lhuillier on the boards 41-35 912-11 on the offensive glass) despite the Warriors have Bam Gamalinda, Chris Javier, Papot Paredes, and Jesse Bustos to patrol that lane.

I wondered why Lord Casajeros or even Ralf Olivares didn’t play too much (five and four minutes each) while the guards got a lot of playing time. Too many guards on the floor meant less to rebound, a strength of Olivares or even Casajeros. So they got killed.

Paul Zamar is an outstanding player and he topscored for Cebuana with 24 points in 32 minutes. But along with Roi Sumang, James Martinez, and Alvin Padilla, they combined for 53 points and 12 rebounds. The other 22 points were scattered across the forwards and centers who didn’t get their touches. The ball in my opinion didn’t move too much. Rather than help their other players get in the flow of the game, they took too many shots. The four guards averaged 24 minutes while taking 41 attempts.

I feel they did not do proper reads. Alvin Padilla scored eight points on 3-6 shooting. Maybe he should have gotten the ball a little more.

That the guards heavily dictated their offense put a lot of pressure on their forwards and centers. The porous perimeter defense allowed the Bulldogs a lot of free lanes to attack their centers.

I thought that Cebuana relied too heavily on the outside shot. The predilection for the outside shot saw them take 37 attempts from the three-point line while making only 11. The Bulldogs on the other hand attempted 19 times and scored on eight of them for 42%. Save for one or two attempts (that missed badly), NU-BDO’s three-point attempts were taken during the flow of the offense.

With Ray Parks deliberately allowing his teammates to stand up on their own and to put their stamp on the team since he is leaving, the others have responded. Love how Troy Rosario and Glenn Khobuntin playing larger roles. And Glenn has been working hard even after practice. Watched him take an extra 30 minutes of shots after practice ended the other day. That desire, ethic and hunger has seen him play much much better. He topscored for the Bulldogs with 22 points while pulling down 11 rebounds including five offensive boards and five assists (to go with a steal and a block). A well-rounded game that once was Parks’ domain. That augurs well for the transition.

But on to the Bulldogs’ offense, that eight seconds or less attack allowed NU-BDO to win this running away 93-75. That was the huge difference (along with the intensity that they sustained throughout the entire 40 minutes).

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