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Louis Acklin has gotten more aggressive.
On the court that is.
“Louis was much more aggressive this weekend both offensively and on the glass,” SJO head coach Brian Brooks said. “He has kind of struggled to figure out where his shots might come from at times within the offense because we do have multiple guys who can score and Louis is a very unselfish player as evidenced by the fact that he leads our team in assists.”
Acklin had 13 points against Cissna Park on Friday night, leading his team to a 53-48 win.
Brooks said that they have been urging Acklin to play more aggressively all year. Brooks said he felt Acklin had missed some shots in the Spartan’s Jan. 11 41-45 loss to Teutopolis that he should have made. Brooks said he believes Acklin decide to make a commitment to himself and his teammates that wasn’t going to happen again.
“He was in the gym an hour and a half before practice started the next morning getting extra shots up,” Brooks said.
Brooks said the team is completely different when Acklin is aggressive on offense and on the glass and the team becomes more difficult to guard.
“It is always rewarding to see our players have success,” Brooks said. “It was especially rewarding to see Louis come out like he did at Cissna Park with not only scoring the basketball but also getting 10 rebounds because of hard Louis practices every day.”
Brooks said the team was also happy with Acklin’s performance.
“I think his teammates were even more excited for him because they know how much he means to our team,” he said.
On Saturday, the Spartans traveled to Tuscola.
The Spartans outscored Tuscola 27-6 in the first quarter and remained in control in a road win. Chase Patton led SJO with 15 points in the 68-42 win.
Brooks said the team defended well and shot the ball exceptionally well to start the game.
“We forced some turnovers which led to some easy baskets, but we also shared the ball well in the half court which led to open shots,” he said.
Brooks said the team had good energy throughout the game.
“Even when we weren’t making shots, we were still getting stops defensively,” he said. “Our bench was once again very good.”