Preseason games good for Watson, Bulldogs

Crestview boys basketball

Denzel Ware, left, and L.J. Aaron battle for position and a rebound during Thursday's practice. Crestview basketball Coach Greg Watson says Ware and Aaron will present problems for a lot of teams.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — First-year Crestview High School boys basketball Coach Greg Watson got a preseason look at his team on Monday and Tuesday during the Fort Walton Beach Tip Off tournament.

Crestview picked up wins over South Walton and Blount, Ala., but Watson says there is work to do as the Bulldogs continue preparing for their season opener next Saturday at Pensacola High.

"The good thing about playing the preseason games is I felt like it kind of gave us an idea of who we wanted to be," he said. "We didn't play extremely well, but I thought we got better from game one to game two. We are a long way from where we want to be, but I saw a lot of good things we can improve on that will make us a quality team by the end of the year.

"Our guys are working hard. We are trying to fix things that we need to improve on. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of guys."

Perhaps the most important thing Watson is trying to instill in the team is a defensive mindset.

"The biggest thing for me is defense comes first," Watson said. "That's not necessarily one of our weaknesses, but we need a lot of improvement on man defense and that's one thing we are going to play. But it did improve from game one to game two.

"We want to be really tough in half-court man defense. We want to outrebound everyone we play ... I want our team to be known as very good defensively and very good at rebounding."

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