Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arrington Can't Escape the Traps

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arrington Can't Escape the Traps

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TALLAHASSEE -- In the eyes of the NCAA, Florida State point guard Delvon Arrington -- a partial qualifier -- is a junior. Arrington's official class status, however, hasn't prevented the second-year starter from enduring a sophomore slump.

Once again forced to carry the burden of directing FSU's perimeter-oriented offense, Arrington is finding it increasingly difficult to use his quickness to set up teammates for easy baskets.

In Saturday's 82-63 home loss to Maryland, the Terrapins not only overplayed Arrington defensively with point guard Steven Blake, they also used a second defender to come out and trap him at the top of the key.

Coupled with Maryland defenders Danny Miller and Terence Morris overplaying talented FSU wings Ron Hale and Damous Anderson, the trap successfully disrupted the Seminoles' offense.

"We never got into any kind of rhythm," FSU coach Steve Robinson said. "I thought their man-to-man pressure didn't always allow you to deliver the basketball to someone.

"There were some stretches in the game I'm not sure what offense we were running. It wasn't quite what we practiced or talked about."

As the Seminoles prepare to put a wrap on the first half of their ACC schedule tonight at North Carolina State, they should expect more of the same from opposing defenses down the stretch.

With Hale and Anderson forced to carry the bulk of the offensive load, and neither Oliver Simmons nor David Anderson providing much offensive relief in the post, disrupting the offense by trapping Arrington could spell doom for the 'Noles down the stretch.

Robinson has been careful not to lay any public blame on his players, and certainly can't fault Arrington for his effort. As the only viable point guard option on the team, Arrington is playing 34 minutes a game in league play.

Robinson will likely turn his attention to better offensive execution, emphasizing stronger screens and picks and sharper cuts, which should spring players to receive the ball and get open looks at the basket. …

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