The Gulls are most effective when they move the ball around and use the versatility of their post players like Crough and Whall. Both players have solid range with their jump shots and have the ability to drive to the rim. In the Gulls offense both need to move along the baseline and into the key and once the ball is in their hands have to have the vision to find open teammates.
“When we are stagnant you can see our offense doesn’t work. When we move and pass and cut and talk with each other that’s when we are at our best and that’s how we always have to be,” said Walenta. “I think we can always improve on moving on offense. Sometimes we are stagnant and sometimes we will have that lull on defense. So we need to work on playing a full 40 minutes.”
Without a true, imposing presence down low it takes a full team effort to bring in rebounds, which Endicott is capable of delivering.
“Rebounding is heart and desire,” said Walenta. “If we really focus on that we can grab those rebounds no matter what size we are. If you have the heart to get it you will get it.”
The ladies won’t be the only ones relying on heart in the near future.
Without Makris, Magee and Burkhart, the Endicott men need multiple young guys to step up.
Makris was really starting to dominate before he was sidelined with an injury, with 27 points in his last game.
“He’s been playing great. He’s really stepped up and it’s unfortunate he wasn’t here tonight, but you know, everything will be fine later on in the season,” explained senior captain Lance Greene. “He’s a sophomore now so he’s a lot smarter. He’s a great player and I can’t wait to have him back.”