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Guards hold the key for LU

With new offense

Lincoln’s Matt Morris glides in for a layup during practice this week at Jason Gym.

Lincoln’s Matt Morris glides in for a layup during practice this week at Jason Gym. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

The Lincoln men’s basketball team will be running a new offense this season, and that made the Blue Tigers add a few new players at one key spot.

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Lincoln’s Matt Morris glides in for a layup during practice this week at Jason Gym.

Lincoln will be running the dribble-drive offense this season, which is dependent on guards beating their defenders off the dribble to open up opportunities for other players.

“We’re opening up the floor a little more because we’re more athletic,” Lincoln coach John Redmond said. “We’ve got good jumpers, we’ve got shooters, and the most important thing is we have two point guards who are pretty good. We’ve got two kids who make the people around them even better.”

Those two are Pierre DeClue (5-9, sr.) and Marquez Davis (6-1, jr.).

“Our guards are going to dominate the game by getting the right people the ball in the right positions,” Redmond said. “I have some leaders. I’ve got people where I can sit on the bench and not be concerned about what’s going on on the floor, because I’ve got two guys who will take control and know what I want.”

But to get the offense started, Lincoln has to be better in two areas troublesome at times last season. The first is rebounding.

“If we don’t get rebounds, we can’t run,” Redmond said. “That’s what I’ve been emphasizing with these guys the whole preseason, ‘You want to run, you’ve got to rebound. If you don’t rebound, you can’t run.’”

The other issue is taking care of the ball.

“Last year, we averaged almost 20 turnovers a game,” Redmond said. “We’ve got to understand how important the basketball is. I know in the dribble-drive we’re going to turn the ball over, and I’ll live with some of them, but we need to make good decisions.”

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