Texas Tech Beats Athletes First 91-86

In their final exhibition game, the Texas Tech Red Raiders were forced to play without Andre Emmet due to an ankle injury. The Red Raiders proved that they could play through adversity by defeating Athletes First 91-86.

The first half of the game played out similarly to last week's game against EA sports. Texas Tech had to face a team that was shooting well from the opening tip-off. After the first five minutes, the Red Raiders were able to make some shots fall. Texas Tech outplayed their opponents for the remainder of the half, and took a 2-point lead into halftime.

The second half was played very close. Texas Tech was never able to gain a substantial lead, but they did manage to come away with the victory. Texas Tech won by the final score of 91-86.

Offense

This game demonstrated just how important Andre Emmet is to the Texas Tech offense. In his absence, the Red Raiders were forced to make things happen as a team. The post players had an outstanding game. Led by newcomer Robert Tomaszec, who had 20 points. Tomaszec showed good range by consistently hitting the 15-foot jumper. Powell Storozynski also had a good game as he showed that he can shoot consistently from anywhere inside the 3-point line. The offensive rebounding was solid in this game. The only negative offensively was the amount of standing around. When the Red Raider players are moving without the ball, the offense is unstoppable. When players stand around the offense grinds to a halt.

Defense

Defense is definitely an area of concern right now. The Texas Tech defense seems to be having a hard time rotating in reaction to the offense. This led to numerous 3-point opportunities for Athletes First. Interior defense was better this game. The Tech post players do need to work on not fouling while going for blocks. If the Red Raiders can get their post defense working, this team will be tough to beat. The biggest problem defensively is still rebounding. Defensive rebounding was a problem that plaqued Texas Tech last season. If the Red Raiders want to challenge for the Big 12 title, they must rebound better on the defensive end.


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