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Happy New Year to everybody.


Coach Blog January 15

Happy New Year to everybody. The start of a new year always brings excitement and optimism. This year is no different and we welcome 2 new players to our group. Venky Jois will replace Omar Samhan in one of the import spots and Takuma Sato joins us after a successful college career.


Venky will bring us some much-needed athleticism in the front court and I know he will excite fans with his play around the rim. He will also help us increase our full court defensive pressure. Sato is a young player with a great future ahead. He will take some time like most young players to adjust to the professional game but I am excited about what he will bring to the team. His size will help us with our rebounding and as he adjusts to a more perimeter game he will become a valuable asset to the team



Looking ahead we have a fantastic situation that will be a very good test with games on the road against defending Champions Tochigi and then the following week against Tokyo. Tochigi has started to play much better of late and we will need to improve our offensive execution and take better care of the basketball. Playing in Utsunomiya is always tough with their passionate fans providing an outstanding atmosphere for the home team. Tokyo have been having a very consistent year and will be tough. They play very aggressive defence and force you play long periods of defence as they have great patience on offence. As a coach, I love these challenges as it allows you to really know how we have improved and where we need to keep improving.


The season is a very long one so it was nice to be able to give the team a bit of a break from training over the New Year. Coming back to training last week there was a real spring in the step of everybody as we got back to work. Being refreshed will help our performance and I know as a team we very excited to be getting back to playing games this week. With the addition of Venky we will be extending our defence up the court to create a faster paced game which is when we are playing our best basketball. We lost some close games of late but overall there are times when we play some outstanding basketball. Developing some consistency will help us win these close games.



See you all at the game


With energy

SD – Head Coach Shiga Lakestars