Basketball Starts Practice in Bahamas|
Aug. 14, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas - After a full day snorkeling, hitting the beach and enjoying the Atlantis Resort water park on Wednesday, the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team turned its focus toward basketball on Thursday.
The Bearcats logged a two-hour morning practice at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in preparation for Friday's game against the PJ Stringers, a professional team from the Bahamas.
Leading up to the trip to the Bahamas, the Bearcats went through 10 days of practice with head coach Mick Cronin using the time to stress fundamentals to a young team that features seven newcomers. However, Cronin said the focus of Thursday morning's practice shifted toward preparing for an unknown opponent.
"We've been doing a lot of teaching and a lot of fundamental work for the past 10 days at home," Cronin said. "Today, we played a lot of five-on-five to try to get the guys ready for tomorrow's game."
But that's not to say Cronin isn't allowing for growing pains as the team develops on the court. He knows mistakes are going to occur. He's interested to see how the squad reacts.
"I don't expect us to be a well-oiled machine tomorrow, especially with seven new guys," Cronin said. "I'm more concerned about how we learn to be a team; how to act like a team and handle adversity - realizing we don't have to be perfect. We just have to play really hard and be a team.
"I expect a lot of mistakes tomorrow, but that's ok," Cronin said. "One thing we talk a lot about in practice is that we make sure we are playing through them - that we control our energy, effort and our attitude."
The Bearcats' game against the PJ Stringers tips at 7 p.m. ET but will not be televised. Look for a recap, video highlights and postgame reaction following the contest on GoBearcats.com.
UC also will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m., before returning to Cincinnati on Sunday night.