Five Takeaways: MBA Cruises

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Tennessee

Posted On: 02/1/18 11:02 PM

The MBA Big Red defeated Lipscomb Academy Thursday night, 68-38. The halftime margin of 14 narrowed slightly early in the third quarter.  With a little MBA investment in the third quarter the stronger team re-established their dominance.

Defensive Mindset

Invested defense is a trademark of the MBA hoopers.  Once again, they slid their feet and hand-checked their way to a sparkling defensive effort. Not just the guards play special defense.  All five starters get low and do their best to prevent penetration. Drew Weikert sets the tone at the top of the 2-3 zone.  He works so hard to deny. For the sixth time this season, MBA held their opponent below 40 points.

Attacking MBA

The Mustangs of Lipscomb Academy actually run a crisp offense.  They get the ball moving and more imporatntly the players move constantly.  When the players stop digging in to the wood the offense crumbles quickly. The most successful quarter for Lipscomb Academy was certainly the third.  With newfound motivation the energy ramped up.  The movement off the ball moved the MBA players off their preferred locations.

Just Missed

The Big Red found plenty of open shots.  Most of them came from offensive sets.  Though they scored 68 points it should have been 75+.  The final tally could have eclipsed 80 without extra touches or tries. Frustratingly for the Big Red many of those shots simply missed short. Despite shooting awry, 11 MBA players registered into the scoring column. Ten of Will Nutter's 16 points came in the second half.  Weikert gave 13 points.  Thomas Carr scored 10 points and Alexander Roberts recorded 11 points.

Depth

For different reasons both basketball teams played their bench significant minutes in the second half. Lipscomb Academy needed to summon a replacement for Cade McDowell, while MBA Head Coach Kevin Anglin opted to involved his second unit in the blowout. Of the two, Lipscomb Academy's bench did more on the defensive end.  It truly felt like Lipscomb Academy was playing defense most of the game. Shaun Allen contributed nine points and Noah Thomas clawed for rebounds.   Thomas also challenged a few shots in the paint. MBA ran out their bench late in the third quarter.  The deep bench found minutes in the fourth quarter too.

Missing Cade

Cade McDowell sustained a knee injury opening up the third quarter.  The 6-foot-10 senior actually scored a contested layup as he absorbed knee contact.  It appeared to be a knee against knee collision. Within seconds McDowell was ushered into the hallway, never to return. Hopefully the injury is not that severe, but almost all players find their way back to the bench after minor injuries. In McDowell's absence, senior center Jack Terry gave his team 11 points. MBA's path to the regular season finish line is not easy.   The Baylor School, Ensworth, McCallie, Brentwood Academy, Lipscomb Academy again, and Father Ryan stand in the way of unblemished February. For the best statewide coverage of boys basketball follow @PrepHoopsTN.