By Eric Ingles
Democrat Sports Reporter
The Windsor Greyhounds committed 12 turnovers in the first half as Skyline’s full-court press caused them problems in a 73-42 Tigers win Saturday at the W-K Shootout at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
“We weren’t seeing the guy in the middle,” said Windsor coach Brett Behler. “Every time we caught it in the middle we were looking back instead of attacking their press. Every time we passed back, they were able to reset instead of getting up the floor. They did a good job of closing those gaps and we couldn’t see the breaks and the openings because we kept turning to the backside instead of pushing forward and it presented problems all game.”
Aaron Garoutte scored six quick points in the paint in the first quarter, the last tying the game at 9-9, but soon drew double teams and his effectiveness was limited the rest of the half.
“He’s evolved a lot this season and does a lot of things well,” Behler said. “He’s going to start getting doubled a lot because he puts up most of our points. We’re going to have to find ways to get him the ball and do a better job getting entries into the post.”
He scored eight points in the third quarter and finished the game with 16. Trenton Johnson scored 12.
Sophomore Dylan Mountain led Skyline with 25 points, 22 in the first half alone.
“He flashes to the elbows and the blocks and he flashes hard,” Behler said. “He beat all our guys to those key points on the elbows and the blocks and we played behind instead of in front.”
After Garoutte’s basket to tie the game late in the first, the Tigers got a pair of baskets from Mountain to spark a 12-2 run capped by 3-pointers from Jordan Edge and Trey West on back-to-back possessions to end the quarter. Skyline led 21-11 after one.
Jakob Erdmann scored a basket in the paint for Windsor to open the second quarter but turnovers on the next two Greyhound possessions and baskets from West, Mountain and a 3-pointer from Ethan DaMitz ballooned the lead back to double digits.
Johnson hit a jumper and added five points from the free throw line, but the Windsor defense went cold for the rest of the second quarter. Overall, Windsor shot 2 of 16 from the field in the second and trailed 47-21 at the half.
Windsor’s offense heated up in the third quarter with two quick baskets from Garoutte, a free throw from Johnson and another basket by Garoutte on four of the first five possessions, but Skyline got baskets from Edge, Mountain, Colton Wouters and Harley Kays to prevent Windsor from cutting too far into the lead.
Windsor (3-4) will host Sacred Heart Jan. 7.