Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carrier: Braves are broken

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/14/2013

Basketball is a game where everybody needs to work together as a unit all over the floor, including the reserves and coaching staff.

Right now, the Ottawa University men’s basketball team is far from a cohesive unit.

Basketball is a game where everybody needs to work together as a unit all over the floor, including the reserves and coaching staff.

Right now, the Ottawa University men’s basketball team is far from a cohesive unit.

The unraveling started during Thursday’s overtime loss to Southwestern and the Braves were completely out of harmony Saturday in an 87-47 loss to University of Saint Mary in Wilson Field House.

“We are broken right now,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said. “I don’t know what changed from last week to this week. It is my responsibility to figure it out. I hope I can find a cure for it.”

Ottawa opened the game by scoring the first seven points. The final 37 minutes turned into a nightmare. Ottawa mustered just 40 points and surrendered easy hoops all over the floor.

“We went from taking pride on the defensive end and playing for each other to a bunch of guys more worried about themselves,” Carrier said.

Saint Mary finally got untracked and used a 16-2 spurt for a 16-9 lead and never looked back. The Spires led 39-24 at halftime.

Ottawa appeared to have life early in the second half, slicing the deficit to 11 at 47-36 with 13:50 left.

Saint Mary then put the hammer down with a 17-3 run.

“We had breakdowns on the defensive end,” Carrier said. “We did not execute the game plan on how to guard the ball screen. We did not guard their shooters like we wanted to.

“We did not guard their wings. We wanted to force them middle and we forced them baseline. We played right into their hands. It is extremely disappointing.”

Carrier said he will find out which players want to finish the season strong this week.

“We will have some changes, mix things up and hopefully get back to playing hard-nosed team basketball again,” he said. “We have to get back to the very basics. Work on the basic things we work on during the first week of practice. See if we can get consistency back on the fundamentals.

“There is time to get this changed. If we can find a group of guys that will get it back together, we can be a factor in the second half of the league race.”

Adam Hasty led Ottawa with 11 points.

Ottawa (7-11, 4-4) plays 8 p.m. Wednesday against Friends in Wichita.

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