McDonald says Sally enjoys bench role

To say the least, it hasn’t been the season senior guard Anthony Sally had hoped for.

He lost his starting spot over the winter, turns the ball over more than he dishes out assists and hasn’t found his niche in the scoring column.

Yet against Southern Illinois on Monday night, Sally pulled down 11 rebounds from the bench — a role coach Ken McDonald said his senior guard is learning to embrace.

“Sally was terrific the other night,” McDonald said. “He really made a lot of plays for guys and got us some easy baskets around the rim. You know, he’s going to get a turnover here and there that you can’t get too over the edge about.”

And McDonald added that it’s Sally — not senior guard A.J. Slaughter, freshman guard Jamal Crook or freshman guard Caden Dickerson that could put the pieces together at the guard spot this season.

“We really need him to play well,” McDonald said. “That inconsistency at the guard position has been a little bit of a problem for us. I think he’s understanding that he is an important piece to this puzzle. That 1-2 punch of Jamal and Sally, they’ve got to be rock solid.

“I imagine (Sally) will come off the bench (tomorrow). I think we’ll get a strong showing from Jamal, so they can kind of tag team.”

Jonathan Lintner

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