Bishop Luers is loaded with players than can do a variety of different things on the perimeter. Getting their shots up cleanly will be important early. Senior Blane Cook, who shoots nearly 50 percent from three-point range, was critical in Regional play and his unassuming style can help create chaos for an Indian defense that does not want to give up clean inside looks. Ray Walker and J.J. Foster Jr. are also known threats on the perimeter, but outside of those three senior guards, the Knights also benefit from senior forward Tre Underwood, who's mid range game has kept many teams, including Snider, off their game. Freshman Jalen Causey can also draw defenders out to the perimeter and is always a threat to shoot the ball or have the speed to blow by a defender to get to the basket.
2. Work the post
If the Knights can be successful in spreading out the defense, then Anton Berry will be able to do what he does best and work inside against significantly smaller players. Twin Lakes' tallest players are 6-foot-3 Blake Bennington, a guard, and Ethan Luzadder, a sophomore that doesn't see much playing time. They give up a significant disadvantage to the 6-5 Berry, as well as 6-5 Jason Davis and 6-3 Underwood. Getting the ball to Berry will be critical throughout the game, especially if the Indians are worried about the perimeter.
3. Don't fall for twin magic
Focus is an important thing at this point. Twin Lakes comes in with a unique situation in two of their best players, twins Bryce and Blake Bennington. The last thing that Luers can afford is to give up easy baskets because two guys are guarding one brother, unaware that they may be on the wrong guy. The number on the jersey, not the face, is an important detail for Bennington defenders. It may seem like a little detail, but at the semi-state level, two or three miscues could be the difference between at birth in Indianapolis next weekend or your season ending.
4. Don't shy away from depth that got you here
Ten players for Luers have played in more than 15 of their 26 games while Twin Lakes boasts a similar number. While names like Jason Davis and Tyreeon Hambright don't dominate the Luers headlines, they have provided critical energy off the bench to spell some of the Knights mainstays. Five seniors will likely start for the Knights, but being willing to bring three to five guys off the bench for spurts has helped them navigate through a tough Summit Athletic Conference and postseason. Changing that now could be an egregious mistake.
5. Force Twin Lakes mistakes on the perimeter
Just because the Indians have more steals this season than the Knights (252 to 241) does not mean that Luers isn't more of a threat to be harassing on the perimeter. The dual threat of Walker and Foster Jr. boast 69 and 68 steals each, the top two individual totals of both teams in this semi-state matchup. The defense of the duo has helped them to become one of the best backcourts in Class 3A and they are each known for active trapping in the half court. Putting these two together at the top of the key or in corners with players like Davis, Berry and Cook has forced many teams to panic in traps. They will need to do more of that to rattle a usually poised Twin Lakes squad.
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