Last weekend we had our first game of the new season. The first half could not of gone better, we played some fantastic defence and went up 30 at half time. Now after a 15 minute half time, we came back out and allowed the other team to play with us, we didnt lose the quater but did not play up to the standard we had set. then in the 4th we continued to dominate and won by 45. However the 3rd was difficult to watch at times.
In the last preseason game the staory was also similar we had a great first half lead of 20 then let them cut the lead down to 8 before we squashed the game.
Does anybody have any advice for getting my team in the game in the 3rd quater, anything they should do at half time? anything that will allow us to come out with some fire in the 3rd.
I think this is an issue that alot of teams have. I would make the suggestion of using less time talking to them and let them warm up more. It may help them get the blood moving and get more in to a flow.
Example out of the 15 min use 5 to talk to them and the other 10 have them on the court going through their pre game warm ups.
Good luck hope it works out!!
2) Tell them how important they are to you
3) Tell them not to give up, but use the season as an example. "guys I know we are winning, but if we let up now, this will be the precedent we set for the entire season. Continue to push it!"
If you figure this out, write a book on it and sell it!! I have been trying to figure this out for many seasons. I like what Cecil said. Give them more time at half to get warmed up. I have even gone so far as to have them redo the pregame warm up in a shorten version so they get that pattern down. Sounds like they have been playing well to start the game and it may be a way to get their mind set back like it is the beginning of the game.
I also agree with having more time to warm up. Have one of your assistants keep track of the clock when you are in the locker room for half. Also, something I have done this past year is to simulate a game in our practices. We will go pretty hard for 50-55 minutes then take 8-10 minutes to shoot free throws (simulating half time). Then we go hard again after the free throws till the end of practice (2 hour practice total).
I know your season is over. Maybe this will help for next year.
If your up by 30, here is what I would do.
1. Put in a second five and let them get some experience.
2. At halftime, let everyone know who is going to begin the second half right away. Talk to the entire team about focus. Use this half as a training session for the entire team. Your goal is not to increase the pounding, but rather use this half to work on the fundamentals of the game. Pretend the game is tied. No turnovers, play together as a team, slow it down and work on your screens and back door plays. Every play is serious stuff for future games. When the first team goes back into the game, make sure they understand that, this is the time to work hard on the basics. You are going to need this maturity when you face a better team.