SPORTS: ‘Tip-Off Classic’ pits Warriors versus Truman Falcons

by James Griffin, Staff Writer

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Truman’s Falcon’s are set for a basket — see their next home game on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex.
Photo credit: James Griffin

At the end of this past weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association two-day “Tip-Off Classic” basketball contest, the Truman men’s Falcons team fell to Springfield’s Lincoln Land Community College Warriors at the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex, on Saturday, Nov. 2.

By the end of the game, the score clock read 46 to 79, but going into the second half the score was much closer. Even so, missed passes plagued the Falcons. Head coach John Cooksey said, “We need to become a more cohesive unit on the offensive end of the floor.”

The Falcons moved with a quick pace and high intensity, which may have led to so many turnovers, as suggested by Cooksey: “We are really mobile. I think our guys expend a tremendous amount of energy on the defensive end of the floor. We run a lot of different trapping defenses, so our guys must communicate and react quickly in unison.”

The Falcons face off with the Warriors over a possession. Photo credit: James Griffin

The Falcons face off with the Warriors over a possession.
Photo credit: James Griffin

Unfortunately, the Warriors took advantage of this lack of communication, with relentless offensive drives and baskets. However, the Falcons never faltered in effort. Nearing the end of the game, Truman’s team drained a few threes and did not give up.

Be on the lookout for returning players Derrick Poe (No. 55, 5’9”, 150 lbs., Guard, from Chicago) and Dantrell Rhone (No. 45, 6’0”, 230 lbs, Forward, from Chicago), as Coach Cooksey “expect(s) a great deal of leadership from them.” Cooksey added that he wants to help “create a culture of doing the right thing academically, socially and athletically — consistently.”

The Falcons return to the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. against Elgin’s Judson University Eagles.

Coach John Cooksey urges the Falcons on. Photo credit: James Griffin

Coach John Cooksey urges the Falcons on.
Photo credit: James Griffin

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