Inside the Friars’ Intrasquad Scrimmage

This past Saturday Ed Cooley hosted an intrasquad scrimmage designed as a showcase for season-ticket holders and donors to the program. Luckily for me, I was able to sneak past the ticket collector through a back staircase and get inside Alumni Hall for my first look at the new team.
The team quickly ran through sets of plays before dividing into two teams for the scrimmage. The separation of the best players was interesting: Kris Dunn and Rodney Bullock headlined the white team, while Ben Bentil, Jalen Lindsey, and Kyron Cartwright led the black team. Throw Junior Lomomba in with the white team, and they certainly had the advantage in experienced guard play.
The game consisted of two fifteen-minute halves, and both teams came out playing at a furious pace. More notably, both Dunn and Cartwright demonstrated extreme aggression. Dunn picked up right from where he was last season, making steals, blocking shots, and forcing general havoc on the defensive side of the ball. He finished off one fast brake with a backwards dunk and completely swatted a three-point attempt a few possessions later. Cartwright showed that he has made a big leap from where he was last year. Whereas last season he was often deferring to Dunn, Cartwright drove to the basket frequently on Saturday and made himself a viable offensive threat. While he still has not showed a huge improvement in his outside shooting, Cartwright had the black team’s offense at his best when he attacked the paint and forced the defense to help, leaving Lindsey, Ricky Council, and Tyree Chambers wide-open for threes. The Friars have a plethora of guard talent between Dunn and Cartwright, who could easily be the starting point guard at many other Division I programs.
Ben Bentil stood out as the most impressive player on the floor besides Dunn. He drew fouls consistently and showed prowess on defense, blocking more than one shot from the weak side. He also had the highlight of the afternoon with a monster one-handed jam over Bullock. He caught the ball off a feed from Cartwright, power dribbled, and absolutely terrorized the rim.
The most intriguing component of the game was the pace. Both teams pressed for most of the game, and only rarely did the shot clock get below ten seconds. Both offenses displayed an aggressive style, a good sign considering the graduation of LaDontae Henton. Dunn’s white team won the game by eight points, but both teams showed that the Friars are virtually ready for Harvard on November 14th.

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