After the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ fifth consecutive loss to open the season on Wednesday, first-year coach Tom Wisman analyzed the revamped team’s defensive struggles and overall shortcomings so far.
For instance, he said that he wasn’t pleased that the B-Corsairs gave up 48 points in the paint in their 88-84 defeat to the Toyama Grouses at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.
“We were playing a zone that is supposed to keep the ball out of the low post, and we are not getting that job done. … We got dominated by their two players, (Leo) Lyons and (Joshua) Smith,” Wisman said.
“We were unable to play them man-to-man,” he added candidly, noting the Grouses duo made a combined 17 of 21 shots in the paint.
What’s more, he pointed out, giving up 51 second-half points didn’t please him, either.
But Wisman also spoke about the solid play of rookie small forward Amanze Egekeze and his potential as a pro player. The Belmont University alumni finished with a team-high 23 points along with six rebounds and two blocks in just under 31 minutes.