Macomb lost a tough game at home against Pekin, falling by a score of 56-36. Macomb was the victim of a tough hybrid 2-3 zone/man defense run by the Dragons, and ultimately wasn’t able to get anything going on offense. Defensively they struggled to close out on Pekin’s shooters, as their motion, passing-based offense caused slow reactions from Macomb’s defenders.
Pekin ran their offense through guards Adam Cash and Brady Grashof, as their consistent 3-point shooting distracted from the disappointing performance from 6’7” center Patrick Torrey. Cash and Grashof each found their way into double figures in this game, and were able to become a consistent challenge for Macomb both on offense and defense.
It was clear that when attacking Pekin’s defense, Macomb was able to find space and put up quality shots, but they appeared to lack the aggressiveness needed for such an offense. Cameron Schultze led the team with 8 points, the last two of which came on an outstanding coast-to-coast drive late in the game. He showed his 3-point stroke as well, nailing two. Schultze showed that he has the potential to be one of the more offensively productive players on this team, given adequate playing time.
Macomb will look to improve their offensive approach in their next game, which comes Friday, January 18 at Illini West. Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 7:30.