Clemson hoops holds intrasquad scrimmage in Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Men’s basketball made the first of many trips to Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Tuesday, taking advantage of Clemson University’s fall break with its first intrasquad scrimmage in preparation for the 2015-16 season. The orange team, led by Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
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“It was a little chilly,” joked head coach Brad Brownell, referencing the ice under the arena floor set up for Greenville’s minor league hockey team, the Swamp Rabbits. “But it’s nice. They’ve done a great job of making it feel like a home arena. I’m excited about seeing ‘The Well’ filled on game night. We hope to play well and build some enthusiasm with our play.”
Blossomgame was one of several players that demonstrated that type of play Tuesday. The redshirt junior and leading returning scorer for the Tigers finished with a scrimmage-high 24 points. He was efficient, hitting 7-11 field goals and 9-11 at the free throw line.
Blossomgame was happy to see his orange squad post 70 points, but pointed out the Tigers have a long way to go until the regular season opens November 13 against North Carolina Central.
“Defensively, the orange team made some mistakes,” he said. “We didn’t rebound the ball as well as we wanted, but we’ll go back to the film and correct some things.”
The Tigers played 12 scholarship players Tuesday, but were without starting center Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
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“Sidy and Legend both did well,” Brownell said. “Sidy has really improved, and is more confident offensively. He’s always been rugged and physical, but now he’s making a few plays around the rim.”
Purple actually won the first segment, 18-17, after freshman Ty HudsonTy Hudson
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Brownell was pleased with the work put in by both teams. With a 45-minute commute to home games for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, the sixth-year head coach wanted to simulate a game-like feel for his players.
“We’ve put enough in to be competitive in situations,” he said. “It gives us a chance to get some things on film, and teach off of it. It was important for our players to get used to the environment and routine. Players and teams are creatures of habit. We’ll do it once or twice more before playing an actual game.”
The Tigers host Lenoir-Rhyne in a free exhibition contest on Thursday, November 5, before opening the season eight days later. Tickets are on sale at ClemsonTigers.com, or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.