HAMMOND -- Some teams use summer basketball to fine-tune their games, but that's not the case for Springfield.
The Bulldogs are getting used to a new coach and looking to replace six seniors from last season's Class 2A playoff team. And some of the team's growing pains were on display in Monday's 65-45 loss to Hammond High at St. Thomas Aquinas.
"They're buying in -- new system, new coach, so it's going to take them a while to jell into my system," said Antonio Broadway, who takes over for Mark Erdey, who will be Broadway's assistant this season.
"This is a big summer. New coach, everything's new. We've got them in workouts now too, so everything's a challenge. That's what I do to them everyday, I challenge them to new heights and new adventures. I think we'll be fine."
The Tornadoes worked the boards early to spark a 10-4 run to open the game. But Springfield's Trey Martin hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 10-7. But 3 points is as close as the Bulldogs got the rest of the way.
Hammond took advantage of Springfield turnovers and picked up several rebounds during a 19-7 run that ended on Bryce Johnson's inside basket and gave the Tornadoes a 29-14 lead.
Unofficially, Johnson finished with nine rebounds and 6 points.
"That's my job, to get rebounds," said Johnson, one of three starters returning from last season. "That's what I've got to do."
The Tornadoes extended the lead to 39-17 as the Bulldogs struggled from the field and were often limited to one shot in the game, which featured two 20-minute halves with a running clock.
Springfield, however, got a pair of baskets from Isaiaah Jackson to close out the first half trailing 39-21. The Bulldogs' other returning starter is Mykail Brown.
The Bulldogs went to a full-court man-to-man defense to start the second half, and it paid off early as Springfield trimmed the lead to 40-28 on Jackson's jumper.
"I think it worked effectively," Broadway said of the Bulldogs' effort in the man-to-man. "I think we gave them problems a little bit with our 1-3-1, too, so if we continue to work it and practice, I think we're going to be fine."
But Springfield's shooting woes cropped up again as the Bulldogs were frequently held to one shot and Hammond defenders pulled down rebounds to go ahead 65-42 before Jackson hit the game's final shot -- a 3-pointer.
"I think they killed us on second-chance points," Broadway said. "That was the biggest thing. We cut it down to 12, and then second-chance points is what hurt us -- and boxing out."
Jackson unofficially finished with 16 points, 12 in the second half.
"I just want to get my teammates more involved," Jackson said. "I know it looked kind of selfish tonight, but I want to get my teammates more involved. Even though it doesn't look like it, I do."