Early in a team’s season, it goes through a chemistry-building process. The Denton Broncos are still early in that process, and they fell to visiting Flower Mound Marcus 52-44 on Saturday.
Denton coach Harold Jackson said he isn’t as much worried about the offense jelling as much as he would like to see his defense get on the same page.
“When you have a group of kids that work very cohesively together, you always know where everybody is,” Jackson said. “I think our chemistry is just a bit off. We have flashes of doing things really well, but we don’t do it consistently enough. I don’t expect it to be overnight, but I think we are getting closer.”
Despite shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, the Broncos (0-2) couldn’t overcome Marcus’ hot 3-point shooting (7-of-14).
“We were competitive throughout the game,” Jackson said. “We have to do a better job of defending overall. It’s hard to say that when you only give up 52 points. We are allowing really good shooting teams to take advantage of us. They shot the 3-ball really well.”
Greg Helt led the Broncos with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds, and Manny Patterson added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson said his offense needed to do a better job closing the game, as Denton was outscored 11-7 in the fourth quarter.
“We need to be more aggressive with the ball on offense at the end of the game,” Jackson said. “We only shot five free throws, so that’s not enough for us. Aggressiveness can be measured by how many free throws you take versus your opponent, and they took 16. I always think who takes the most free throws will more than likely win the game. Any given game we can have a leading scorer, so I’m not necessarily looking for that. I’m looking for consistency on the defensive end.”
The Broncos also shot 50 percent from the floor in their opening 81-65 loss to McKinney North, and Jackson said he is hoping the team’s early nondistrict schedule will provide valuable experience.
“Our schedule doesn’t allow us to take days off,” Jackson said. “Our schedule is very competitive, so we have to come out and play well every night.
“I tried to build a nondistrict schedule that resembles the type of opponent we will see in our district schedule. So if we have to take a loss, I would rather take them now than in district.”
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