Marriott realises mistakes were made
Coach Jay Marriott has admitted he got it wrong for Plymouth Raiders' opening BBL game this season.
Raiders were left frustrated following a 79-70 home defeat to London Lions at Plymouth Pavilions last Sunday.
Rookie coach Marriott said he overloaded his players with information ahead of the contest and that contributed to a disappointing defeat.
Raiders visit Sheffield Sharks in the league tomorrow before Newcastle Eagles visit the Pavilions on Sunday.
"I've made mistakes," said Marriott, who refreshingly was happy to hold his hands up. "I think I tried to put in too much too soon. We need to keep it more simplistic for the moment."
The 32-year-old added: "Maybe I got ahead of myself because I got frustrated in pre-season. I need to find a balance so I don't jump ahead this season or I don't fall behind, and we build the right way."
Marriott, who replaced former Raiders boss Gavin Love on the eve of pre-season, wants Raiders to play aggressive and in-your-face defence in 2013-14, and aggressive and at speed offence.
A major change fans can expect against Eagles on Sunday is Raiders playing with two point-guards – Gabe Haskins and Matt Pressey. The Devon side played with one or the other against Lions last weekend.
"Moving forward, we're almost definitely going to play Gabe and Matt together," said Marriott. "So we've almost got two point-guards to attack from either wing.
"Against London we had one guy creating and everybody feeding off that. I think we need two guys creating."
Pressey is more explosive and a more natural counter-puncher than Haskins, and scored a team-high 18 points on 8/15 shooting last weekend. It was the 24-year-old American's Raiders debut.
"We saw flashes last week of how devastating Matt can be for us," Marriott added. "But what we're asking people to do on offence is not something you can pick up in a couple of weeks.
"It's going to take us a month to really get motoring and then hopefully we'll see the rewards come to fruition."
Marriott added: "I want to see more pace to the game this weekend. I've said to Gabe and I've said to Matt that, if we have a couple of more turnovers because we're flying up the floor, so be it."