The Young Guys Got Heart


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During Wednesday’s practice at the Larry Finch Center, the Tigers were once again scrimmaging. Thus far, the Blue team has been dominating and running all over the White team. Well, things started to change once coach Pastner and the coaching staff vocally got involved with the players. Let’s say it was a lesson learned for the entire team.

The Blue team consisted of Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, Michael Dixon, David Pellom and Shaq Goodwin. This team has been kicking butt and taking names since practice started three weeks ago. The opposing team didn’t have a answer for the leadership squad. The White team consisted of Chris Crawford, Nick King, Kuran Iverson, Damien Wilson and Austin Nichols. After the White team lost by the score of 30-7, Pastner had to say something.

He started yelling to the top of his lungs and made the losing team run three series of sprints while the winning team watched.

Iverson made a short comment about the scrimmage.

“Everybody was down. Then we started playing good,” said Iverson.

The rematch would soon start and the young guys got rolling. Iverson started off with a three-pointer from deep. King then put in back-to-back baskets of his own. Nichols would soon get involved with a putback off of a offensive rebound.

Crawford would eventually knock down a three. Wilson shot a three as well and before you know it, the score was 23-2. The Blue team would cut the lead to 29-20, but they lost by the final score of 30-20. The Blue team that consisted of mainly seniors finally got a taste of losing.

Pastner would then start pounding on the losing team and made them run three series of sprints while the winning team watched. After the scrimmage, Pastner gave his own thoughts about the practice.

“The older guys really kicked the young guys’ butts, but I was happy to see the young guys at least make an effort back,” said Pastner. “It was also a good message for the older guys that ‘You’re up 71-23 over two games and you’re over there celebrating and you let them back in.’ So it was a great lesson for both sides.

“I believe our guys are ready to play against somebody else, and I think we as coaches are ready to play against somebody else so we can have a better assessment. I understand it can get mundane, going against each other, but they’ve got to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Tigers will get a taste of competition on Nov. 2. They will have a closed scrimmage against the Baylor Bears of the Big 12 conference that consists of two big-time players in Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin.

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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