Last night was not the prettiest win, but I thought it was one of the sweetest we have seen in a while. I thought the flow of the offense was better. I really liked how Corey Allmond played and spread the court. He may have missed some shots, but I liked every one of those shots, and I loved how he communicated and competed on defense. I thought our defensive effort was much improved, but we still have to block out better, because we would not finish off the defensive possession by getting the board and it kept them in the game. With that said, they made all the stops at the end of the game to pull the game out.
Chris Kramer had his best game last night, and he continues to improve every day. It was no accident he hit that clutch three at the end of the game. He has worked diligently at that part of his game, and he is seeing the results by shooting close to 40 percent from three. Undoubtedly, we don't win without him last night.
Darnell Lazare continues to be a rock for us in the post. His professionalism is unmatched in how he prepares and plays, and I hope he continues to lift his game, because we need it.
Ryan Wittman had a very nice start last night, and I like what he brings to the team. Like Corey, teams have to account for him with his shooting, and he gave us a huge lift.
Finally, Walker Russell, Jr. showed why he is an all star. He kept us in that game, made huge shots at the end, and he then made the final play by diving into my lap out of bounds to grab the ball and make sure Austin couldn't get another shot off. That type of effort is what wins games, and it rubs off on the others. That is how players lead best. Not through words, but through doing all the little things to win games. Walker's challenge is to play at this level every night, because it is where he will have to be if he wants to achieve all the things he wants in this game.
I could mention numerous guys, but those guys jumped out at me. What I liked best is that last night seemed to be our blueprint for success when we were playing well. It is just one game, and we have to take care of business against a much improved team in Sioux Falls, but I liked what I saw last night.
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