LUDONVILLE – His players still think more than they react on court, but Siena women’s basketball head coach Jim Jabir knows this to be expected as the Saints get used to the fast-paced and free attack he wants to use this season.
“There is not as much structure now as in the past, and I think it was difficult for children to adjust to it because they have to make so many decisions on the go,” Jabir said on Wednesday. “But I noticed that compared to the last fight within the team, we have significantly improved our position.”
That “other day” was earlier this week when the Saints were competing in a close-quarters battle against Vermont. In this duel, the Saints tried to increase their tempo with their Rapid Breakout Phoenix and used a Read and React system when they needed to act in a half court.
“He wants us to shoot the ball really fast,” Sienna elder Margot Peterson said of Jabir, who has repeatedly stated that he wants the Saints to play faster than any other team in the country in the 2021-22 season, which for them, the game begins on November 9 at Binghamton.
Peterson – one of the returning players who played for coach Ali Jacques last season before hiring Jabir – said the Saints “don’t fully understand each other yet” in terms of understanding their new attack. Jabir, however, knows it will take time. Jabir’s offensive system is based not so much on structured movements as on the fact that players know their teammates and their tendencies, so Siena needs time to gain strength.
“We ask them to do something that is 180 degrees different [from the past]but they are open to that, ”Jabir said. “Anything new and different can be a problem, but they get it.”
“We are in a good position now,” Peterson said. “We work hard; the coach doesn’t need to train our efforts.”
While his game chemistry needs some work, the overall chemistry is strong. Cheyenne Talbot Jr. of Siena said there were many examples of such camaraderie during the match against Vermont.
“During the fight, we all worked together and worked hard. We made a few mistakes, but when it came to mistakes, we overcame them and tried to overcome them together, ”Talbot said. “If we saw that one person’s head was down, we would definitely come up and say: ‘Let’s go, let’s continue.’
Before the season opening match, Siena will play an exhibition match against the Dominican Division II at their home UHY Center on 6 November. Jabir said he expects the Saints’ advance to be better at this point.
“I am very pleased with the kids in terms of their effort and focus,” Jabir said. “They really try very hard and work hard.”
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