W I NDSOR — Dustin Duncan could have loosened his tie early on Friday night.
Granted, his Windsor boys basketball team churned out a formal performance, but the Wizards turned what had promised to be a tight Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference game into a kick-back, chilled out, stick-it-in-cruise-control blowout over Roosevelt 84-58.
Loosen the tie.
“They got guys in foul trouble and we had a lot of guys step up,” Duncan said.
The bottom line will read that Roosevelt’s Michael Mitchell — the Rough Riders’ normal scoring/rebounding machine — was whistled for his third foul early on in the second quarter and partially as a result, Windsor’s Dylan Ochsner went inside, outside, around and through Roosevelt for 25 points in front of a packed house at Reg Figal Gymnasium.
With 7 minutes, 45 seconds left in the second quarter, Mitchell got a hand on Windsor’s Lucas Watts for his third foul, and a two-point deficit grew to eight points when Ochsner canned a 3-pointer, one of eight for the Wizards, including four by Tanner Bohm (15 points).
“We got in foul trouble early and that hurt us big,” Roosevelt coach Joe Brown said. “We also didn’t execute. The little details weren’t there.”
Little details such as “getting inside for rebounds, being in position and not having the extra step on defense,” Brown added. “Windsor shot really well in the second half, too.”
The Wizards (7-2, 12-8) shot better than really well in the second half, scorching the nets at a 68.7 clip as Bohm, Connor Riley and Dalton Walker (10 points) combined for five 3-pointers, and Ochsner drained 8-of-9 free throws in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand.
“I really couldn’t do anything once I got in foul trouble,” conceded Mitchell, who was a bit timid, playing the second half with three fouls. “We didn’t execute tonight and we didn’t rebound either.”
Even with Mitchell on the bench, the Rough Riders went on a scoring binge early in the third quarter when Cameron Weber (15 points) and Colby Best Walter (17 points) pulled Roosevelt within three (41-38) at the 5-minute mark, but Windsor stretched the lead back to 13 as Bohm bombed one from beyond the arc.
It was the beginning of the end for the Rough Riders (7-2, 10-8), who shot a measly 40 percent from the field.
Bohm confirmed that he has a green light from the perimeter, adding, “when I hit the one in the third quarter, it felt good. We also didn’t play selfish at all tonight. Everybody shared the ball.”
Eight Windsor players got into the scoring act and the Wizards’ lead stretched to 15 by the end of the third quarter.
“We put a lot of defensive pressure on them in the second quarter that led to their foul troubles, and then we were able to just take it at ‘em,” said Ochsner, who added 11 rebounds to his line. “We were able to relax a little bit in the second half.”
Roosevelt was good for only a pair of free throws by Best Walter in the first 2 minutes of the fourth quarter while the Wizards took advantage of a horde of free throws and opened up a 24-point lead with 5:39 left in the game when Bohm canned his second 3-pointer of the period.
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WHS 16 24 20 24 —Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 84
RHS — Zach Lagunas 0 0-0 0, Cameron Weber 5 3-4 15, Donovan Vigil 0 0-0 0, Ray Hernandez 2 0-0 4, Cody Huston 0 0-0 0, Omar Rivera 1 1-3 3, Huver Lira 3 0-0 7, Michael Mitchell 3 0-0 7, Mack Morford 2 1-3 5, Colby Best-Walter 6 4-6 17. Totals 22 9-14 58.
WHS — Drew Bunday 2 1-2 5, Tanner Bohm 4 3-3 15, Dylan Ochsner 5 14-15 25, Connor Riley 2 2-2 7, Clayton Jarobe 0 0-0 0, Blake Bunday 0 0-0 0, Dalton Walker 4 1-4 10, Adam Ross 0 0-0 0, Alex Baldwin 4 2-4 11, Lucas Watts 3 2-4 8, David Watson 1 1-2 3. Totals 24 26-34 84.
3-point field goals — RHS 5 (Weber 2, Lira, Mitchell, Best-Walter). WHS 8 (Bohm 4, Ochsner, Riley, Walker, Baldwin).
Total fouls — RHS 23 (Weber, Hernandez fouled out). WHS 17.