“Well, we work on taking charges everyday in practice,” Brown said. “A lot of teams don’t do that, but we start out very practice with our defensive fundamental drills. They are very unselfish and do the things we have to do defensively. They are starting to take pride in our defense and that’s a good thing.”
Miller, who recorded a doubledouble Tuesday against Stockbridge, was saddled with foul trouble throughout the game.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore still managed a team-high nine points and five blocks in limited minutes.
“That gave some other guys a chance to play,” Brown said. “We have another tough game on Saturday so it was good to get some rest.”
Brown went deep in his rotation and 12 Tigers cracked the scoring column. Jamieson Smith chipped in with eight points and made four key free throws during Alcovy’s fourth-quarter push.
“[Free throw shooting] was a far cry from the past few games,” Brown said. “Hopefully we are getting better and they are getting more comfortable out there. We are going to keep working on it [free throw shooting] until we get it to 75 percent or better.”
The win moves Alcovy into sole possession of first place.
The Tigers have struggled down the stretch lately, but the solid fourth quarter gives Brown optimism that his team is turning the corner late in games.
Still, Brown knows his team needs to get four quarters of offensive continuity going as the season progresses.
“Our defense is playing pretty well but we have to get a little more going in transition and get some easy baskets,” he said. “We are working too hard on the offensive end and we have to do a little better than that.”