Posted On: 11/27/18 7:00 AM
The beginning of the high school season is always an exciting time for teams. Looking at a fresh 0-0 record on paper is a refreshing feeling, and it motivates players to reach the expectations that are set before the first tip-off.
Then comes the first game. When everything is put to the test, and reality sets in.
Battlefield, who is coming off a 20-9 campaign, is one of the teams that is pleased with its reality following its first time out. The Vikings claimed an 81-46 victory over Woodbridge, Monday evening, and there were a couple takeaways future opponents should note.
Let’s break it down.
Pressure is Key – The Bobcats are a scrappy team that is not afraid to apply pressure right out of the gate. Battlefield is a roster built with a plethora of guards that are move their feet well when on the ball and execute the role of defensive backs when interrupting the passing lanes. Monday night, they forced a ton of turnovers and it led to easy baskets on the other end.
Deep Bench – Head coach Randy Bills has a wealth of talent up and down his roster. Even before the score got out of hand, it was clear that he has a deep rotation that he will utilize down the road. From junior Jordan Radford to Stacey Terry to Luke Triggs to many more, Battlefield has a bunch of weapons.
Fast and Furious – The back court’s pressure compliments their long forwards that run the floor well. Battlefield always looked to push the ball up court with a pass rather than the dribble and it was a huge plus.
Bright Future – One prospect that caught my eye was sophomore forward, Luke Triggs. Coming off the bench, Triggs stood out with is stellar interior defense, and his polished post moves that led him to high percentage baskets. It’s only Game One of his sophomore campaign, and even though his play impressed, he has a high ceiling.
Battlefield returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Potomac. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m.