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Bulls need to establish options
Parks productive, but others need to step up
 
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:44 pm
by Herbert L. White

 

Johnson C. Smith basketball coach Steve Joyner doesn’t want to lean on Trevin Parks as a crutch.

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Emilio Parks has the potential to close games out for Johnson C. Smith, head coach Steve Joyner says.


The Golden Bulls learned a valuable lesson before the Thanksgiving break in an 87-80 loss to Queens. The Royals (2-2) outscored JCSU 15-4 over the final 3 minutes, 41 seconds while holding the Golden Bulls (3-1) to four free throws during the decisive run. Queens put its best defender, 6-7 forward Antonio Stabler on 5-11 Parks down the stretch. While Parks struggled to get open, his teammates didn’t do enough to pick up the slack.


We’re playing as if we want to play offensive team basketball, but we’re deferring to him when we get into trouble,” Golden Bulls coach Steve Joyner said. “In some cases he came through. In others, he tried to hard and there should’ve been some other options available.”


The Golden Bulls need options other than Parks, who is averaging 31.5 points per game. The next best scoring average belongs to forwards Terrance Washington at 11.8 points and Emilio Parks at 11.3. In order to keep opponents from copying Queens’ strategy, JCSU will have to develop another consistent threat.


“We’ve got to get an end game that’s better than what we did (against Queens),” Joyner said. “Some more people are going to have to get involved and get some big baskets. I think Emilio Parks still has tremendous possibilities, but he’s too far away from the basket, so there’s some things he can do to relocate himself better.”
The next test is Saturday against Claflin (S.C.) at Brayboy Gym, the first of six December non-conference games. A successful month could go a long way toward setting the stage for the CIAA campaign.


“I’m telling the guys everything we do is a dress rehearsal for the CIAA tournament and hopefully we can get in some postseason play if we’re good enough,” Joyner said. “We’re trying to redefine and practice having the right attitude.”

 

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