Preseason games good for Watson, Bulldogs

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

Watson said he prefers to run a half-court, man-to-man defense, but he won't hesitate to switch to a full-court press or a zone defense.

Watson hopes to take advantage of Crestview's athletes on offense and create baskets in transition with players like Josh Hinton and Ronnie Baylark. But he says the team's strength might come on the inside with Denzel Ware and L.J. Aaron.

"We have an advantage over a lot of teams inside, with Denzel and L.J. inside that can cause some teams trouble," he said. "We really want to pound it inside and kind of play offense from inside out."

Crestview's transition offense will be missing combo guard Tay King until around the first year. King,  who Watson said will play some point guard and some two guard, hurt his right shoulder just as he was starting play his best basketball.

"He was coming on and was going to be a really good player for us," Watson said of King. "Once we get him back, we feel like we are going to be real strong."

Watson said the preseason games' biggest benefit was it gave him and his team the opportunity to go through the mechanics of a game in the way the coaches and the players respond.

"I told our guys, 'Obviously you want to win because you want to win every game you play, but this is a chance for us to go see what we need to work on,'" he said. "It's easy in practice, but this gave us a chance just to go over game situations. For example, how I do timeouts and things are different than other coaches so I felt it was good to get us ready for the season."

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