Dolphins down but not out: Men’s basketball team shows promise

By Stefan Muro


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Coach Barthe’ breaking it down during a timeout against Bishop State.

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Dolphins warming up for the second half against Bishop State

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Forward, Juwan Jones, sinks a free throw putting the Dolphins one step closer to a victory against Bishop State.

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Guard, Jeffrey Dixon, makes a deep 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to tie the game. Dolphins beat Bishop State 69-67

The Dolphin men’s basketball team has a rocky start to their 2015-2016 campaign by losing their first five games of the season. But, they have won a few games since then and show a lot of potential to win more. Just ask head coach, Clifford Barthe’.

Barthe’ is in his third season as head coach of the Dolphins and has developed a team with an “in and out,” style. He says, “We try to post up for buckets and find the outside shot when necessary. But to compare, we play with a style similar to Kansas.” Their style of play may be similar to the Jayhawks, but everybody has a slightly different approach to the game. He says, “I like to take bits and pieces from everybody, Bill Self from Kansas, Coach K from Duke and especially my mentor, Bernard Griffin from Dillard. They were all great teachers, leaders, and communicators.”

The Dolphins’ upside of their game revolves around the experienced backcourt of Markel Williams and Marcel Daniels. Coach Barthe’ says, “ Coming into the year, we believed our guard play would be good. Markel and Marcel have lived up to expectations. We have wing defenders that can shoot from the outside.” Whether it was one, the other, or both, the sophomore guards have led the team in scoring every game so far. Unfortunately, there must be a reason for the slow start this season.

Coach says, “It’s defense, we lost against Southwest Mississippi by two points. We need timely stops and impact turnovers.” In the first five games of the season, the Dolphins have lost by an average of 11.2 points. Most of their defensive woes seem to come from the post down low. Barthe’ says, “Only one big man returned from last season so we lack experience down low.” That one player is 6-foot-4 sophomore EJ Winston, who leads the forwards in numbers and leads a squad of much taller freshmen with a lot to learn.

Even though the Dolphins are down a few games with more road games than home ahead, it’s not time to count them out. The leadership of Williams, Daniels, and Winston under coach Barthe’ will surely bring out the potential of the freshmen that fill the roster. This Jayhawk-styled team is bound to win some games this season in a convincing fashion.

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