Clintondale boys hoops hopes tough ‘D’ will lead to wins

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 15, 2011

 Clinton Township Clintondale senior guard Kyle Styles takes a deep jumper during a recent practice as senior Jeremy Gordon contests the attempt. Styles is one of four guards Dragons coach Rob Townsend will call on to lead an up-tempo attack.

Clinton Township Clintondale senior guard Kyle Styles takes a deep jumper during a recent practice as senior Jeremy Gordon contests the attempt. Styles is one of four guards Dragons coach Rob Townsend will call on to lead an up-tempo attack.

Photos by Deb Jacques

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Clinton Township Clintondale boys basketball coach Rob Townsend said that because of the style of play he is implementing, all 14 guys on his depth chart will see the floor in each of the squad’s games.

“We’re going to press 50 to 75 percent of the time, so we’re going to need all of our guys to be ready,” said Townsend, in his fifth year as the Dragons head coach. “We’re going to try to get offense from our defense, from traps and presses, depending on the situation.”

Townsend hopes that aggressive style of defense can trigger fast breaks on the other end of the court.

The Clintondale coach said he wants those running opportunities to be jumpstarted by rebounds, adding he’ll have multiple ball handlers on the floor at all times.

“I don’t really believe in having a specific point guard,” said Townsend, whose squad is off to a 0-1 start after finishing last season 12-10.

“I like to make sure all our guards can handle the ball, so it’s tougher on teams to trap our ballhandlers. I think that’ll be tough to defend.”

Senior guard Dylan Dumas said Townsend runs the cagers ragged in prepping them for to run this year’s up-tempo attack.

“We run a lot — before, during and after practice,” Dumas said. “We work on so many different things, and any of our guards can set up the offense.”

Senior guard Kyle Styles returns from last year’s team, which went 8-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

Styles, one of four guards who will share ballhandling duties this season, said he thinks this year’s group is stronger than last season’s. The senior triggerman added he believes the frenetic style will pay off for the Dragons.

“I think we’ll be competitive and aggressive,” Styles said. “Every game, we’re going to go out there to win.”

The Dragons next hit the hardwood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 for a tournament at Loyola High School in Detroit.

 

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