McCallie Playing Wild, Crazy, and Fast Thanks to Their Defensive Pressure
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The McCallie basketball team is off to a 19-2 start this season, which has earned them the number one ranking in the Division two classification.
The Blue Tornado are making their mark with a harassing, trapping, pressure defense.
When McCallie hits the floor, some teams might feel like their swept up in an actual Blue Tornado.
Said head coach John Shulman:”We play wild. We play crazy. We play fast.”
Coach Shulman admits he hammers his team on defense.
Said John Shulman:”And so I’m aggressive and intense defensively and pretty loose. I’ve gotten a lot looser in my old age. A lot looser offensively. We shoot a bunch of three’s. But I’m telling you, our kids have fun in how we play.”
Reporter:”Is defense fun?”
Said guard Junior Clay:”With this system yes. I like how we like press. When we press, we get steals. That just leads to easy buckets. We can pitch ahead and go play. That’s how we get dunks and more exciting buckets.”
Said John Shulman:”(Dick) Vitale used to call it ‘spurtability’. We’ve got ‘spurtability’. We play in runs, and our kids like playing in runs. It’s fun to play in runs.”
Said guard Max Shulman:”Most teams in our region are sort of like they play a lot slower. They want to run their offenses and get in sets. Just take it slow. We just try to steer one up. We try to make it a rat-race. When we do that, it helps us because we’re doing what we want to do, but they’re not.”
Coach Shulman says McCallie has the height and depth to make their up-tempo madness work.
Said John Shulman:”We’ve got a lot of length that people don’t have. As I’ve told a couple of coaches in our league, we’d probably be a lot smarter playing a lot more zone, but I just can’t do it. But we’ve got some guys that can not guard, but you would never know it because when we press, we’re not guarding. We’re trapping, and we’re running, and we’re scrambling. So absolutely, we hide a lot of guys, but it’s called being a magician.”
Reporter:”And good coaching.”
Said John Shulman:”I don’t know about that. Good players.”