What We Learned: Forest Park vs. Battlefield

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Posted On: 12/3/18 9:43 PM

Northern Virginia hoops featured a Monday night showdown between Forest Park (0-2) and Battlefield (4-1). Although Forest Park made a run towards the end of the game, Battlefield held on to win, 74-71.

Here is what we learned from the matchup:

Multiple Fronts 

Battlefield gave Forest Park multiple looks by utilizing multiple zones throughout the game. This forced Forest Park to reevaluate each time down the floor when they didn’t have numbers for a fast break. With their speed and length up top, the Bobcats have the luxury to do this.

Patience is a Virtue 

What Forest Park did really well on the offensive end, stayed patient. They were never satisfied with a look unless there were multiple passes swung around the perimeter.

What’s Battlefield's Weakness?

Considering I’ve spoken so highly of Battlefield as of late, I believe it’s necessary to point out one of their main weaknesses, 3-point shooting. With their speed and size, they simply don’t take many 3-point shots. Tonight they only converted four treys.

Foul Happy 

Battlefield tends to get foul happy, which will be something head coach Kurt Pauly and his team will need to improve going forward. On the bright side, the Bobcats have a plethora of contributors, and Pauly seems to have been making a point to use a deep rotation early on, giving his young roster experience right away.

Notable Players:

Stacy Terry, Battlefield: Terry is a crafty point guard that led all scorers with 32 points. He can score in multiple ways, showing his driving ability and mid-range jumper off the dribble. Towards the end of the game, when Forest Park was making a comeback, Terry took control and prevented turnovers in the final minute of play.

Jordan Radford, Battlefield: Radford made the crowd go wild with a powerful dunk in the second half of basketball. He is an athletic guard that is a talented on-ball defender. He finished with 12 points on the night.

Darryl Garib, Forest Park: Forest Park’s forward had a notable game, crashing the offensive boards, and using his strength to draw the foul when accelerating to the cylinder. He also knocked down a shot from beyond the arc and finished the game with 24 points.

Luke Triggs, Battlefield: Mentioned Triggs following the Bobcats’ opening game against Woodbridge, and I will mention him again tonight. Check out our recent prospect spotlight on the sophomore forward to learn more.

What’s Next?

Battlefield returns to action on Wednesday, December 5 when they face South Lakes with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Forest Park, on the other hand, will take on Robinson at home.