Thunder Mountain falls at Colony

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

Colony topped Thunder Mountain 57-46 Wednesday in Palmer on the first day of a three-game road trip for the Falcons boys’ basketball team.

Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said the team played well after an 11-day layoff, but Colony was a little more effective offensively.

“It went well and we competed the whole game. Colony is very sharp and crisp in their game plan and they executed well, knocking down the mid-range jumper quite effectively,” he said. “Fifteen feet was a solid range for them and they also crashed the offensive glass.”

Blasco said the smallish Falcons gave up too many second-chance points. Fourteen offensive rebounds for Colony led to 11 second-chance points in the first half, and the Knights won by 11.

Thunder Mountain also failed to take advantage of a big discrepancy in free throw shooting, making just 9 of 20 attempts from the line compared to just 2 of 3 for Colony.

“We came out in our zone to start the game and went to man(-to-man) in the second half,” he said. “Matchups weren’t bad. They aren’t much taller than us but they are stronger. I think we did pretty well in terms of being able to match up defensively. It was just the second-chance points that hurt us.

“We were trying to jump with them in the first half,” he continued. “We were there inside but we weren’t boxing them out and they were able to out-jump us, and we weren’t securing the rebounds as well as we should have been against a stronger team.”

Colony led 17-12 after the first quarter and 30-19 at the half, and the second half was even at 27 points apiece.

“We’ve been working on getting some consistency in our offense,” Blasco said. “Defensively, I’m getting more comfortable with where we’re at but we’ve got to start finding a rhythm to our offense, and be able to involve every body to score within the point range that they should be on a consistent basis.”

Matt Seymour led the Falcons in scoring with 15 points, Keith Ainsworth added 11 and Sam Jahn 10.

The 3-11 Falcons head to Anchorage to face Grace Christian at 7 p.m. today and at Eagle River on Friday.

“We’re kind of coming in blind against these three teams (as far as scouting), which is good because the kids have to learn to adapt and execute our game plan and make adjustments on the go,” Blasco said.

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