Jacksonville’s D forces a tough shot at the end of regulation
In a game that few people saw but whose result will resound throughout the nation, Florida dropped an early afternoon game to a feisty Jacksonville team. In a game that was close the whole way, a steal led to a layup by Jacksonville that tied the game late. What resulted was a last shot opportunity for Florida with a chance to win the game.
Jacksonville played great defense on Erving Walker and Florida. They forced a tough shot that sent the game to OT where they eventually won.
Walker starts his move with about 6 seconds left on the clock. I would have wanted him to go at about 8 seconds, as this would have left plenty of time for an extra pass or an offensive rebound. As it stood, Walker had to either go straight to the basket or pull up for a jumper with the time he had left.
It was pretty clear at this point Walker’s goal was to get into the lane. Jacksonville countered this by double teaming Walker with Chandler Parsons’ man and forcing Walker to make a decision. Parsons does not make his decision any easier by taking a step toward Walker.
If Parsons takes a step to his left instead of his right, he is prime position on the wing for Walker to pass the ball off and attempt an open three. Instead, he steps toward Walker, which crowds him and puts Parsons in just as bad a position as Walker was in.
With the lane cut off and the rest of the Florida players at a standstill, Walker had to spin away from the basket and put up a tough three point shot contested by two defenders. Great defense by Jacksonville but some equally poor offense by Florida.
We already talked about what Parsons could have done differently in this play. I also want to focus on what Kenny Boynton does during this play. You see him in the final frame on Walker’s right. During the whole play, he was 30 feet from the basket, allowing his defender to clog the lane and cut off Walker from driving to the right.
All he had to do was be in range of the three point line. This would have caused his defender to respect him and also be an outlet for Walker when he got in trouble. Instead, he floated far from the basket and took himself out of the play.
You can see in this play why I am hesitant to call a clear out in the final play of the game. Without any movement from the rest of the team, it can be too easy to defend, especially without a dynamic guard that can always get to the basket. Florida’s players were caught watching and out of position to help Walker.