Jackets adjust, handle Presbyterian

After the excitement of the season opener in the new McCamish Pavilion had worn off, Wednesday’s game against Presbyterian was subdued.

There was no sellout, no former players lining the tunnel as the team headed to the court, or students turned away from an overflow floor-side section.

A crowd of 5,733 — about 3,500 less than Friday’s opener for Tulane — came curious to see how the Yellow Jackets would fare without the momentum of a year’s worth of anticipation. For 20 minutes, it wasn’t good.

But a halftime adjustment made them better against the zone, and the Yellow Jackets responded with an 18-0 run on their way to a 52-38 victory.

“For us to be who we want to be eventually, that stuff can’t matter,” said coach Brian Gregory, when asked about a letdown. “You put on that (Tech) jersey there are certain things that you do, and it doesn’t matter where you’re playing, who you’re playing, if the place is bonkers like it was on Friday or not so much like today. … It’s Georgia Tech basketball. You’ve got to play a certain way. And we’re not there yet.”

– Carroll Rogers

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GT Newnan

November 15th, 2012
6:32 am

Went to both games. Fantastic facility.

Going to see all zone D until we can prove we can penetrate and hit outside shots. First half looked like no one had ever seen a zone. Second half much better, but still poor shooting all night after a very solid shooting game vs Tulane. 3/20 from 3 point land will result in a loss in every conference game it happens.

White&Gold

November 15th, 2012
7:26 am

Shooting was off the whole game. It’s still good to see that we got young guys who aren’t afraid to take shots. Defense looked good the whole way.

Paul in NH

November 15th, 2012
7:37 am

A better, deeper team than 2011-12. Gregory needs to find his best combinations and they must improve shooting from the outside. Probably middle of the pack in the ACC with an NIT berth but who knows how they will improve as the season progresses.

Jacket Detective

November 15th, 2012
8:06 am

We were off for a night.
Big deal.
It happens.
If Bolden had been pulled and benched for any reason after his first three made shots vs Tulane, he too could have been the Second Coming of the Messiah.
Fans would have assumed he could not miss and that the idiot coach was the only thing between him and 30 points a night.
Fortunately the coach played him and it turns out he appears to be a very streaky player.
I’d love to be proved wrong and have him shoot 50% from the field every night.
CPJ has shown skill in bringing along Vad so his flaws have not been seen much.
There is a reason 2nd string QBs are so loved by fans.
On the bench, you don’t turn the ball over.
The big screen showed Paul Johnson for a moment.
There was not a huge show of support but there was some.
I didn’t hear a boo but I was sitting behind Biff and gagged him.
Just kidding Biff.
I have a sense of humor too.

Jacket Detective

November 15th, 2012
8:21 am

And I didn’t have to gag GT Joe because he is such a great fan he cannot bring himself to part with any cash and buy a ticket.
He just wants to call the shots from the safety of his home, like a lot of our fans willing to let Bobby Dodd stadium be a neutral field for many games.
Be there for Uga- GT and support your team.

BuzzAlum

November 15th, 2012
8:37 am

If the coach wants to win, he has to do a better job of playing his best players and stop trying to please certain people. How can Holsey have a dynamite night the first game and not start? How can Bolden outplay half the team the first night and not start? How can Royal get rebound after rebound but barely get any playing time? Coach needs to stop messing with these kid’s heads and let them play ball.

Jim 70

November 15th, 2012
8:56 am

Once again, great turnover numbers – cannot remember the last time being in single digits, even in a half! Kidding aside, good job handling the ball. Now we just either have to improve three point shooting, or minimize the attempts.

Crazy Robert

November 15th, 2012
9:06 am

GO TECH STOMP RICE!!!!!!

Biff Pocoroba

November 15th, 2012
9:09 am

JD, I couldn’t boo last night because I couldn’t see anything. They have ball boys and camera people sitting in chairs blocking your view behind the goal so you can’t see half the court. The back board and support block the other half of the court. I feel bad for people who spent money for season tickets up close and will just have to watch the game on the screen instead. People on the side have their view blocked by the students standing the whole game. I think the cheap seats are the best seats so you can see everything.

Biff Pocoroba

November 15th, 2012
9:14 am

Buzz Alum, Holsey has a bad ankle so that is why he isn’t starting yet. He will probably start the next game since they have a few days off to rest. They need to get Carter the ball inside more . He should be dominating in the early season. If Morris can start hitting his shots, that will help him out.

fuzzybee78

November 15th, 2012
10:29 am

Feels like its 1982 and 1985 is coming!!!!!
I like Coach Brian Gregory and his approach to bringing this program back to the top.

GTJoe

November 15th, 2012
10:33 am

I am not the GT Joe that seems to have upset some people…..

I think it is smart to not start Holsey…..you let Carter play alongside your most experienced big man, and that way he isn’t carrying the burden down low…..plus, Miller can pass well….so it helps Carter’s game.

Holsey plays different….he plays back to the basket….you dump it in to him, and it probably isn’t coming out. Royal crashes the boards well, so it works b/c his man may help on Holsey.

You always have one of your best two bigs on the court this way…..and Holsey has embraced it (play speaks for that fact). Holsey brings energy off the bench, which is what you want (remember back to the Hawks with Spud Webb, John Battle and Craig Livingston……Holsey is Livingston).

The MOST encouraging thing is that ALL FOUR BIGS are back next year…..

buzzwax

November 15th, 2012
10:55 am

I’m confident the program is headed in the right direction……BUT, without a reliable outside threat this team is going to play against a ton of zone and will still struggle to score. Last season all over again but with better depth so a better chance at a few more wins. Sorry, but that is how I see it.

Georges Hunt is a poor mans Dalrymple but doesn’t have an outside shot. Morris is too streaky. Bolden seems this way as well. Hell it looks like Carter is our best outside shooter?

If this holds true any team that is good from three will be getting threes while we struggle to get twos. IMO can’t win this way. Even our five star guy is admitedly not a good outside shot.

CBG better get some SHOOTERS!!

buzzwax

November 15th, 2012
10:57 am

Without shooters, GT basketball and CBG are Hewitt 2.0 with a more likeable coach……

William Casey

November 15th, 2012
11:02 am

I am a CBG supporter. I just like his approach to the game. He brought in a nice recruiting class. Watching GT’s progress this year will be fun. 2013-14 should be dynamite. It’s nice having some depth because stuff invariably happens.

Leroy

November 15th, 2012
11:29 am

Anyone else notice the Football team scored more points and gave up more points than the basketball team? Not a good sign for either program.

JacketSteve

November 15th, 2012
12:22 pm

If anyone here is comparing this to what Hewitt was doing needs to remember one game, Kennesaw State. This team was off last night and played a bad half, but the defense stood strong and allowed us to win on a bad night. Gregory has things going in the right direction. We’re not a Top 10 team now, but I can see it happening in the years to come. We just signed a 5-star point guard. Reminds me of the days of Bobby.

Tech Fan

November 15th, 2012
1:26 pm

I’m wondering if the team’s youth and immaturity played a role in last nights’ results, at least the first half. They got off to a 6-0 and 12-4 lead and seemed to relax, taking bad shots and missing. Do that in the ACC and they’ll end up winless. Even when Presbyterian caught up — and passed — them, the players didn’t seem to panic. It was as if they knew they should beat this team and didn’t have to worry about it. Well, it’s time they learned they DO have to worry about it (ask UGA about Youngstown State ….). Apparently, the team received good halftime direction and coaching which helped them right the ship in the second half. In any event, there are some real players on the team and they could be a lot of fun to watch this year … and into the future.

drew

November 15th, 2012
1:59 pm

It’s early, but I like the coaching and disciplined play I’m seeing. If CBG can can get them to play tough defense the WHOLE game, they’ll win more than they lose. And if the shooting comes along, I think this team may be in a position to make some noise along the way. I think CBG will figure out how to get the most from these players…something his predecessor rarely did. It’s so nice to see halftime adjustments that actually make a difference. Not to mention the ability to execute an inbounds play.

Athens Tech

November 15th, 2012
2:15 pm

To Biff: The students are told they have to stand the whole game in order to have those seats. I would think its for TV appearence

Biff Pocoroba

November 15th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’m glad the students stand the whole game. They should. But if I was a 70 year old man who paid $2000 for seats at half court and was told I could see great, I would refuse to pay for those seats. The people in the front rows can’t see because they put security people in chairs down there to stare in the crowd the whole game. Seems like a waste of money for games like Presbyterian and women’s games. Save that security expense for the ACC games if the athletic department is hurting for money and let people see the game.

JacketSteve

November 15th, 2012
4:37 pm

The students aren’t told they have to stand, they just do. When I was there we stood the entire game. Of course, that was inthe late 80s when Price, Salley and company had everyone standing.

Dave Braine

November 15th, 2012
7:21 pm

Gregory needs to coach better.

Ben Ghazi

November 16th, 2012
1:27 am

Bottom line: The Jackets have to score more points. A mere 52 points against PC is disturbing. It’s too similar to last year’s drought. I fully support Coach Gregory and feel confident he is the man for the job, but it’s time to start scoring points. Unless we can shut out the competition with our defense, we aren’t going to win many more games than last year.

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It took all of one game following Georgia Tech’s opener for the excitement surrounding the new McCamish Pavilion to wear off. Georgia Tech’s struggle to get by Presbyterian had far fewer fans in attendance than the sold-out opener, and the Yellow Jackets’ play possibly was a consequence of the sparser crowd.  Georgia Tech needed a large second half run to put away their overmatched opposition, which led Coach Brian Gregory to comment that “For us to be who we want to be eventually, that stuff can’t matter [referring to the crowd size]… and we’re not there yet.” Georgia Tech will probably need to score more than 52 points and make more than a third of its shots to get the Atlanta crowds excited to see them play. [...]