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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Exhibition affords Kampe more time to tinker

There were points during Wednesday's exhibition where Oakland coach Greg Kampe ran with the much-anticipated five-guard lineup, something he expects to use once the Golden Grizzlies reach conference play.
The much-heralded backcourt of Laval Lucas-Perry and Reggie Hamilton were rarely seen together, but that's unexpected during the regular season.
“We played little guys for a while there," Kampe said. "A lot is dependent on (Blake Cushingberry). If he plays well, he’s going to get minutes. You're going to see Reggie and Laval a lot. They’re going to play 30 minutes a night, so they’re going to have to be out there together. We’re going to play 31 games and I might not know my lineup after 30."
Hamilton logged 20 minutes and Lucas-Perry just 18, scoring a team-high 15 points. Hamilton had 13.
“It’s a team of interchangeable parts," Kampe said. "The guys that have it going are going to play." 
Kampe opted to start Cushingberry Wednesday citing his desire to have a scoring presence off the bench. Cushingberry had nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, getting his footing after an early airball.
The move worked to perfection against Spring Arbor, it's likely Windsor will provide more of a test in Tuesday's final exhibition. The Lancers split with Oakland in mid-August, when the Grizzlies embarked on a three-game Canadian excursion.

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