Wins are what North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson is looking for as the Falcons began play in the Camden Fairview Tournament yesterday.
The Falcons (5-4 before the contest) played host Camden Fairview. Jackson was going to use that matchup as motivation as a lot of times the home team will play a team it thinks it can beat in order to try to get to the winner’s bracket and win the tournament. Jackson wanted his team to be ready to play and to compete with intensity from the beginning of the contest.
Tournament action continues tomorrow and Saturday. Jackson likes this tournament for many varied reasons including the chance for the Falcons to see different teams and to get a chance to get away from home.
“This gives us a chance to see different styles,” he said. “A lot of teams down there play zone, and we play man-to-man. The teams will give us different looks.”
The Falcons are still building team chemistry and playing three games before conference season begins next week allows them to work on that. Additionally, Jackson would like for North Pulaski to win some games so they can begin conference play on the upside.
Particularly, the Falcons need to polish its man defense and work on rebounding. Offensively, they are still trying to be patient. Overall, Jackson wants more intensity.
With a changing lineup, Jackson is still experimenting with player combinations. Because he has so many options, the starting lineup could be different every game.
“It will be based on the other team,” he said. “If it is small team, we could go with four guards and a big guy. If it is a bigger team, we would go with our bigger guys. Also, who starts depends on who’s coming to practice along with who’s competing in practice. No one is thinking he is second string.”