Dagenham Dragons determined to do well
PUBLISHED: 17:30 09 September 2015
Club ready for final pre-season match
Dagenham Dragons head coach Jack Kendall leads his side into their final pre-season challenge match against Wales under-20s on Saturday, with excitement growing for the new campaign.
Dragons fell to an 89-66 defeat against Team USA Select at Hornchurch Sports Centre on Saturday, having led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and maintained that lead into the second half.
New signings Loving Valentino and Lamar Roberts dominated the boards at both ends, while point guard Jordan Moore showed lots of confidence in possession.
But Dragons tired after the half-time break and were punished for some basic mistakes, which led to no fewer than 22 turnovers.
Kendall said: “Team USA played a great fast-break game and ran a very nice diamond defence which unsettled the Dragons.
“I really couldn’t make out why we got so tired as our pre-season has been very hard in terms of fitness.
“I have had the boys sprinting and running for over seven hours a week, but we still seem to tire quickly.
“But I do feel going into the season we are learning some great lessons about each other and producing some great displays on offence.
“Our defence needs work and I blame the NBA for how our team sees correct defence. We need to go back to basics, which we will.
“I’m still very much excited and full of confidence going into the season, in which we are going to push for promotion.
“I want to say thank you to all who attended, it was a great day.”
After playing Wales Under-20s on Saturday (3.30pm), Dragons begin their competitive campaign with a National Cup tie at Brixton Topcats on Sunday, September 20 (2pm).
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