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Boys hoops wrap up summer playdates

Published 9:25am Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Dadeville Tigers closed their summer slate on the hardwood with a 1-2 outing during a trek to Birmingham.
The Tigers took down Randolph County, but lost to Mountain Brook High School’s B-team and fell to Tuscaloosa Academy.
“It was a long day for us,” said Dadeville boys basketball coach Rodney Taylor. “We left at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t play our first game until 12:50 p.m. We didn’t do so hot in that last one, but credit goes to Tuscaloosa Academy for running their offense and playing well. It was a combination of things, but all in all, it was a good experience for us.”
In addition to being a positive outing for the Tigers, it was a unique one as well, as it was the first time a Taylor-coached squad had been to Birmingham for summer action.
“The kids competed, and they played hard. All of them went except one, so I was proud of the kids for their dedication,” Taylor said. “Was it perfect? No. But we have a general idea of what we want to do in the coming season, and I think we finished the summer on a positive note.”
One of the most beneficial aspects of the day was the matchup with Mountain Brook, Taylor said.
As the Spartans play in a fashion similar to the one the Tigers want to employ – full-court pressure fueled by a deep rotation of players – the game offered Dadeville a chance to clash with its ‘mirror image,’ so to speak.
“With Mountain Brook running the full-court press, it got a little chaotic out there,” Taylor said. “Both teams were trying to do the same thing, and I think it helped us to see it. The kids are starting to understand the way we want to play. For us, since we don’t shoot as well from the perimeter as we did in years past – we have to let our athleticism take over and turn our defense into our offense, because our perimeter shooting will not be a strength for us this season at all.”
In spite of that, Taylor said he felt the team should fare well in the coming season, so long as they stay the course and believe in the team’s newfound identity.
“I think we’ll be successful. They know they’ll all get a chance to play, and they will all have a chance to contribute,” he said. “We’ll  need each other to get to Birmingham.”