Samuel G. Mustari
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December 8, 2012
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Windsor out-guns West in Northern Colorado Classic

The Greeley West boys basketball team took a dose of its own medicine with a splash thrown in by Windsor on Friday night at Reg Figal Gymnasium.

Yeccht! It didn’t taste good.

Windsor’s Rx for attacking Greeley West’s up-tempo offense was to match them step-for-step, going toe-to-toe with the Spartans in the semifinals of the Northern Colorado Basketball Classic.

The Wizards (5-1) forced their own concoction of offense at the Spartans in a 77-61 victory.

By the time the Spartans were coughing and sputtering, the Wizards had another dose — this time executing a half-court offense that frustrated Greeley West.

“Their bench is deeper than ours, and they exposed our weakness, which is the half-court offense,” said West coach Tory Hanson, whose Class 5A Spartans are 1-1.

Against the Wizards, the Spartans ran a sloppy half-court offense, and had little defense for Windsor’s version of pounding the ball inside to Lucas Watts and 6-5 junior Dalton Walker.

“We played alright in the first half, but we couldn’t get out and run in the second half,” said Greeley West junior Austin Miller (16 points). “We had some bad possessions that were back-to-back and they took advantage of it.”

Greeley West’s “bad possessions” started with less than two minutes left in the half when Walker went to the basket on three straight possessions, scoring six points.

After Miller drained two free throws for the Spartans, Walker matched him to give the Wizards a one-point advantage at the half.

It got worse.

Windsor then went on a 24-5 run that included 3-pointers from opposite sides of the circle from Tanner Bohm and Dylan Ochsner.

The Wizards outscored Greeley West 43-16 in the second and third quarters.

“We told the kids to just keep running, but if it wasn’t there, to pull it back out to run the half-court offense and be patient,” Windsor coach Dustin Duncan said. “Dalton (Walker) did a great job for us going inside.”

Walker utilized his huge height advantage just outside the paint, and Duncan said Walker can get out on the perimeter and shoot, too.

“I want to be a good all-around player, and not just one-dimensional,” said Walker, who poured in a game-high 23 points on what he described as “our inside-out attack.”

The Spartans continued to struggle well into the fourth quarter — victims of 30 turnovers and a 17-point scoring difference that started midway through the second quarter and continued through the third period when the Spartans looked helpless in scoring just six points.

Late in the third period, the Wizards scored on seven straight possessions while the Spartans turned the ball over seven straight times before Taylor Juarez drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“Every possession in this game was important and I think we took that for granted at times,” Hanson said.

Walker continued his assault on the Greeley West defense into the fourth quarter with help from Alex Baldwin (12 points) and Watts, who finished with 15 points.

“Pushin’ the ball is our style, too,” Watts said. “We made some adjustments at halftime, getting back on defense quickly.”

Playing with a lead that reached 22 points also made it easier for the Wizards.

“At that point, we were in the driver’s seat,” Watts added.

The Wizards scored only seven points in the final three minutes, but by then the damage had already been dished out.

“Thirty turnovers ... wow,” Hanson said. “You could see some of our guys with their tongues hanging out at some points because they were tired.

“Windsor beat us at our own game,” Hanson added.

GWHS 25 10 6 20 — 61

WHS 17 18 24 17 — 77

GWHS — Austin Miller 6 4-4 16, Nick Garza 2 2-4 6, Raul Hernandez 5 0-1 12, Daniel Ortiz 5 4-4 15, Taylor Juarez 4 0-0 11, Mason Barnes 0 1-2 1, Erik 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 11-15 61.

WHS — Drew Bunday 3 0-0 5, Tanner Bohm 1 0-0 3, Dylan Ochsner 4 2-2 11, Connor Riley 1 2-2 4, Dalton Walker 8 2-8 23, Adam Ross 1 0-0 2, Alex Baldwin 5 1-3 12, Blake Bunday 1 0-0 2, Lucas Watts 4 7-8 15. Totals 27 19-23 77.

3-point field goals — GWHS 6 (Hernandez 2, Juarez 3, Ortiz). WHS 4 (D. Bunday, Bohm, Ochsner, Baldwin).

Total fouls — GWHS 18, WHS 18.


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