Day 2: Georgetown and Round Rock, Texas
Athletics - posted on 12/17/2008Assistant director of sports information Chris Lindeke brings you daily coverage from Georgetown, Texas, where the Lakeland men's basketball team will play Trinity on Thursday, Dec. 18 and Southwestern on Friday, Dec. 19.
As I write this around 8:15 p.m., head coach Aaron Aanonsen and assistant coach Tyler Bormann are going over film on No. 22 Trinity with the team downstairs in the hotel lobby. Assistant coaches Kris Saiberlich and Andy Marks are going over film and drafting a scouting report for Southwestern, the team's opponent on Friday.
Saiberlich got the guys up this morning via phone call at around 8:30. The hotel provided a decent spread downstairs in the lobby of Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, cereal, toast, waffles, fruit, coffee, juice and milk. As a writer, I was a little disappointed to not see any newspapers (usually a standard hotel feature) around to read while I ate, but I enjoyed the meal nonetheless.
Practice followed over at Southwestern University, about a five-minute ride from our hotel. The first two people we encountered remarked about the poor weather in the area - it was overcast and around 45 degrees at the time. If they only knew what the poor residents in the Sheboygan area are going through…
After warm-ups, the team moved over to the newer gym after the Southwestern women's team concluded its practice. started practice with a 5-on-0 weave into a 3-on-2 transition the other way. The 5-on-0 drills continued as the guys ran through offensive sets in the half court. A couple photos from that portion of practice are below (camera courtesy of assistant athletic trainer Garth Laszinski).
In what has become a main feature of Lakeland practices, the team began its 4-on-4 closeout shell drill. The four defenders start under the basket, closing out to their man outside of the perimeter when student manager/coach Andy Marks throws it out to one of the offensive players. Play is live as soon as an offensive player catches it. Freshman forward Germell Heard plays particularly well during this drill, causing Saiberlich to compare Heard to NBA superstar LeBron James (Editor's note: Heard will announce whether he plans to stay in college or test the NBA draft waters at the conclusion of the season)
The remainder of the practice consisted of 5-on-5 drills. I was unable to catch the end of practice, however, as I accompanied Garth Laszinski and junior forward Anthony Cobb to a nearby hospital after Cobb suffered a cut lip during the 4-on-4 drill. He is doing fine after receiving some stitches, and is expected to play tomorrow.
After practice ended around noon, the team headed to CiCi's Pizza, a Southeastern U.S. chain restaurant. From what I am told, the majority of those who attended enjoyed the buffet-style eatery.
Unfortunately, because of time constraints following the trip to the hospital, the travel party was unable to make the scheduled visit to the Erwin Center at the University of Texas. Instead, at the request of the players, we headed south on Interstate 35 later in the afternoon to the Round Rock Premium Outlets
. The mall featured dozens of stores, but our party tended to flock to Adidas, Nike Factory Store, Reebok and pretty much any other sports wear/apparel store. There is a similar mall run by the same company (Chelsea Premium Outlets) in Johnson Creek
, which is along I-94 between Madison and Milwaukee. It was nice for a lot of the guys to catch up on their Christmas shopping, especially freshman guard Andrew Gussert, who said he was "on a mission" to find a present for his sister.
We ate dinner at the mall's food court. About two-thirds of the group ordered from Asian Too, while the others ate at South Philly Steak & Fries. Several of the guys looked exhausted from the day. Junior guard Khendal Andrews put his head down and fell asleep at the table upon completion of his meal.
That's all for today. Look for the game recap and box score for tomorrow's game against Trinity on the schedule portion
of the men's basketball page. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Click here
for links to live stats and game broadcast information.
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