Monday, March 15, 1999

Miami's Estick rolls with picks

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The play that beat Utah Sunday, the pick-and-roll or ball-screen-and-slip, as Miami calls it, merited 10 minutes of the practice time Saturday.

        John Estick scored 18 points — 16 as result of the play and assists from Damon Frierson and Wally Szczerbiak.

        “We spent about 10 minutes on it,” Coles said. “I've had teams that you could spend eight practices and not get it. These guys just pick things up.”

        Frierson and Szczerbiak are fourth-year players who pass as well as they shoot.

        Utah big men moved toward the perimeter when Estick set a screen. Estick would break toward the basket and Frierson and Szczerbiak would deliver a touch pass.

        “We had not practiced for pick-and-roll,” Utah coach Rick Majerus said.

        “The pass is easier than the shot,” Frierson said. “Because John's back is turned, he's got to balance himself and watch for the charge.”

        Said Estick: “The play's been there all year. We've kind of gotten away from it. We used it some against Kent. We knew it would be there today.”

        Once Estick, who is 6-foot-6, got his bearings, he hit 9-of-15 from the floor. That came after getting his first shot blocked.

        “They were pretty mobile,” he said. “I had to adjust. At 6-11, they ought to be able to block my shot.”


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