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Dunkin’ Dogs picking up where they left off

December 17, 2015

 

ALEX HEARD 

Senior guard Alex Hamilton was named C-USA Player of the Week on Dec. 14–Photo  by Darrell James

Senior guard Alex Hamilton was named C-USA Player of the Week on Dec. 14–Photo by Darrell James

Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu

 

A third of the way into the basketball season and the Dunkin’ Dogs seemed to not have missed a beat.

 

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 9-2, with wins over UT-Arlington, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and their most impressive one: on the road against Ohio State, a team accustomed to contending in March.

 

Tech’s two losses have both come on the road in less than stellar fashion. On Dec. 1 at Memphis and on Tuesday at Ole Miss.

 

The Bulldogs lost the two by a combined 45 points.

 

One big factor in Tech’s success has been the play of senior Alex Hamilton.

 

This season he made the shift to point guard after previously playing shooting guard.

 

The change of position has not hurt Hamilton as he has thrived, averaging 17.0 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game.

 

Erik McCree, a junior forward, said Hamilton has played outstanding despite the position change and that does not surprise him one bit.

 

“Alex is doing great,” McCree said. “I have known since last year when he was a point guard. He can really run the show and I think he is doing a great job doing so. I believe he is one of four players in the country averaging the amount of points and assists he is.”

 

Head coach Erik Konkol said Hamilton’s shift to floor general so far this season has been impressive, as he has been able to do it all.

 

“I think Alex has played very well,” Konkol said. “The transition has been very smooth. He has scored, rebounded, assisted and stolen the basketball. He has had his complete game this far into the season and we hope to just get better and better.”

 

Konkol said McCree’s play has been just as impressive, as he too has been able to do it all on both the offensive and defensive side of the court.

 

“Erik has been very versatile and productive,” Konkol said. “We have asked him to play the four and the five, to score inside and outside, and to guard bigger and smaller guys. He has done it all and that is really his game.”

 

McCree said he credits the coaching staff and his hard work in the offseason for the plays he has been making.

 

“This was the hardest I have ever worked in the offseason,” McCree said. “Even though we have a new coaching staff, they made it extremely easy to transition. I have got to give credit to Coach because he has really put me in places where I can be successful.”

 

Konkol said since Hamilton and McCree are the oldest on the team and have been around for many wins they must show the younger guys what it is like to be victorious at Tech.

 

“Erik and Alex have assumed their (leadership) role very well,” Konkol said. “They have been there before, we have guys who have never played Division I basketball and they have really shown them the way.”

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