Baxter, Emery earning larger mention on opponent’s recreation plan


It may seem like a showboat flow; however, lobbing the ball to freshman Gavin Baxter for a dunk is the proper basketball play for many motives. To illustrate this, BYU educates Dave Rose advised a story.

“Clyde Drexler advised me this when I turned into playing at Houston,” Rose said. “He stated, ‘An alley-oop, Dave, has not anything to do within which you skip the ball. It’s who you pass it to.’”


In different words, it’s hard to overthrow a man who can raise like Baxter.

The Cougars threw 1/2 a dozen lobs to Baxter in Saturday’s win in opposition to Loyola Marymount, and the high-flying freshman transformed maximum of them into baskets, if now not dunks. Rose stated the type of defense LMU was gambling, which covered doubling leading scorer Yoeli Childs within the submit, dictated the lob passes to Baxter.

“If you throw it down (jump pass), everybody has a danger to knock it down, and he would need to bring the ball up,” Rose stated. “That’s the play.”

Rose delivered that BYU’s next opponent — Portland — defends similar style because of the Lions.

“This Portland group, their whole gadget is constructed on attacking penetration,” he stated. “Hopefully, we can find those equal openings.”

Baxter’s 25-factor, 10-rebound, multiple dunk performance, which blanketed a pair of three-hints, is sure to have drawn masses of attention as Portland coaches put together the defensive sports plan.

“After a recreation like that, teams are going to must in all likelihood alternate their shielding scheme up somewhat,” Baxter said. “A lot of groups are doubling Yoeli, which results in a lot of open shots for other men. If I can retain to perform properly, it’s simply going to open up other matters.”

Nick Emery, who made five-of-5 from the 3-factor line off the bench and induced numerous LMU turnovers, will even demand some scrutiny. If Emery and Baxter may be regular threats, the Cougars are a far extra dangerous group.

“The biggest assignment may be that he (Baxter) will be within the scouting record, and they’ll dispose of a whole lot of those matters,” Rose stated. “But to be able to simply help us due to the fact they couldn’t make this kind of dedication to Yo. Gavin is beginning to sense loads greater comfortable.”

Coming on the heels of a 30-point loss to No. Four Gonzaga, the overall performance towards LMU has Rose positive about the remainder of the season.

“We were given a whole lot of advantageous feelings from the win inside the reality that we received in an extraordinary way that we’ve received all yr long,” he stated. “The offensive contribution from Gav and Nick was honestly well-timed. LMU changed into an amazing defensive group, and they had us scouted quite nicely, taking our first couple of options away. I’ve been telling our men, and I firmly believe that our little basketball remains beforehand, people.”

Scouting file

Portland is useless ultimate within the WCC with a zero-nine record in league play and has misplaced 10 direct games. BYU beat the Pilots handily in Provo (seventy nine-56), with Childs scoring 20 of his recreation-excessive 28 factors in the second half.

Portland is most risky at the guard line, where sophomores Jo Jo Walker and Marcus Shaver Jr. And junior Josh McSwiggan might be hard to protect.

“This must be an actual protective mindset for us,” Rose stated. “We have some offensive energy we will deliver in there, and with any luck, play nicely if the guys are at the right page. But defensively, we’ve were given to forestall these guards. They are truly proper. If you let Jo Jo or Marcus or McSwiggan have the shots they want to shoot from in which they want to shoot them or let them penetrate and get angles and kick, they’re all successful in having 30-point games. It’ll be an assignment.”

Take a sleep or something.

The BYU-Portland game will tip at nine p.M. MT on ESPN2; this means that the Cougars’ flight gets quiet very early Friday morning. BYU hosts Pacific inside the Marriott Center on Saturday.

“The journey is tough,” Rose admitted. “We haven’t been certainly precise on the street playing that 2nd game. Hopefully, we’ll be higher with that visiting home. It’ll be a bit higher because we’ve played Pacific, and we realize what the venture is, and we know what they do.”

The Tigers will also be gambling a 9 p.M. MT sport on Thursday (at Saint Mary’s).

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Emery’s five-for-5 mark from the 3-factor line tied for second in BYU basketball records. Former Cougar Nate Call went 6-for-6 from past the arc towards Utah in 1991, and Brock Zylstra went 6-for-6 vs. San Francisco in 2012. Danny Bower turned into 5-for-5 against Wyoming in 1998, and Jonathan Tavernari finished five-for-five against Colorado State in 2009.