Defensively, the boys need to key in on DCG’s star forward Doug Heritage. He is a big bodied senior who can exploit Boone inside the arc. Another key to DCG’s success is junior guard Trey Washington. He is a shifty guard who averages 4.0 assists per game and can dish out to anyone. It is very important that Boone defenders put their chest into Washington and make him beat them off the dribble. Help side defenders have to have their heads on a swivel in order to locate the shooters perched around the 3 point line. Senior big man Grant Shivvers is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. Boone’s big men including sophomore Dresden Wilson and senior Maclane Moran need to establish contact with Shivvers and keep him off the glass.
Offensively, Boone had success in the half court sets against Carroll. This game could easily turn into a foot race if Boone attempts to speed up the game and shoot early in possessions. Washington is a speed demon and will most likely sprint past the Toreadors in transition. Boone needs to execute their half court sets and continue to heat up the nets from long range. Junior Ethan Lewis and sophomore Trevor Van Pelt can fill it up and the rest of the team needs to drive and look out for the 2 shooters.
Boone travels to Dallas Center-Grimes on January 19th in hopes of improving their non conference record. Tip off is 7:30 P.M.