Thursday, November 8, 2012

UIS men on the defensive for basketball opener

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team left the University of Evansville’s Ford Center Saturday with a clear practice plan for this week.

Coach Ben Wierzba pinpointed exactly what the Prairie Stars needed to address after Evansville’s 79-54 exhibition win over UIS. “We didn’t defend as well as we can,” Wierzba said.

“We gave up too many easy baskets and offensive rebounding. It’s what we’ve been working on in practice this week.

“We went back to the basics of stopping the ball one on one and getting the ball stopped when it’s dribbled at you.”

The Stars are preparing for Friday’s season-opening game against Northwood at 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Valley.

The team was featured by the State Journal-Register on November 8, 2012.

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