Southgate Anderson @ Saline: 5 Takeaways

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Posted On: 12/23/17 8:55 AM

On December 22, Southgate Anderson hit the road to play Saline.  The first quarter was tight the whole way through.  Southgate Anderson ran a precise offensive attack while Emmett Turner led Saline with 6 first quarter points.  At the end of the first, Saline led 13-11.  The second quarter was equally intense.  Saline applied full court pressure which hindered Southgate Anderson’s offensive attack.  Rebounding kept them close with Saline leading 19-14 at the half.  Southgate Anderson rode a big bucket by Deven Fields and an ensuing seven point run to take a 21-19 lead.  Saline responded by applying more ball pressure and making it a transition game, resulting in a 15-2 run.  The fourth quarter turned into a free throw shooting contest.  Saline maintained their lead and earned a 46-34 win over Southgate Anderson.

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5 TAKEAWAYS:

Jace Matkin (2018, G/F, Southgate Anderson) is a skilled player.

He is very active around the rim, even when surrounded by bigs.  When he has the ball in the lane he’s very creative and effective.  Matkin can find the hoop or dish to a teammate. He’s a good athlete as well.

 

New Head Coach Eugene Kolbusz is running a nice looking offense.

Southgate Anderson looked strong in a half court set.  Marcus Leija (2019, PG, Southgate Anderson) sets the offense and the entire team makes every pass with a purpose. Every dribble was made with a goal in mind.

 

Saline is one one of the best defensive teams in Michigan.

The best part is, it’s a complete team effort.  When Saline applies ball pressure, the game changes.  Adam Heisler (2018, F, Saline) made some nice defensive plays off the bench.

 

Southgate Anderson needs to find a post presence.

Deven Fields (2018, F) might be their best bet.  Although endersized, he played tough and didn’t turn the ball over.

 

Emmett Turner (2018, F, Saline) and Griffin Yaklich (2020, G, Saline) continue to produce.

They are turning into a great combination. D3 schools need to start calling Turner, he’s an effort player who’s tough as they come.  Yaklich is one of the best players in the 2020 class.