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Simeon coach Rob Smith was pleased with almost everything about his team’s 75-42 victory over Red-South opponent, Brooks, except for one small thing. The team’s dismal free throw percentage. The Wolverines shot 17-for-31 from the charity strip, a number Smith found totally unacceptable.
“This is Simeon and we do it until we get it right.” After the game, the players we ordered to the auxiliary gym where each player had to make 75 free throw shots before they could leave. “I don’t have anything to do right now, “ Smith said. “We are going to put a end to this right now.”
Playing without coach Chris Head, who had to sit out because he received two technical fouls on Dec. 19, the Eagles fell behind early when Simeon put together a 24 - 4 in the first half. Kendall Pollard scored 12 of his 14 points for the game during the run, as the lead ballooned to 40-15 at halftime.
Another bright spot for the Wolverines (4-1, 2-0) was the return of Kendrick Nunn who lead all scorers with 22 points including three alley-oop dunks from back court mate Jaylon Tate. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Tate finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. While Russell Woods and Sean Moore finished with 10 points apiece.
“We rebounded better, played good defense, and did a good job in transition,” Smith said. “Except for the free throws it is starting to look like Simeon basketball.”
Brooks assistant coach Joe Foster said his team had to play a flawless game to beat Simeon. “You have to shoot the lights out, get every loose ball, and hope they just have one of those games,” Foster said. “But you still want your players to leave it all on the court no matter what.”
Watkins was the lone Eagle (1-4, 0-4) in double figures with 17 points.
Recent Duke commit Jabari Parker was sidelined nursing a foot injury. Parker is expected to return for the Wolverines when they start play on Wednesday in the Pontiac Holiday tournament.