One would think that when a team likes to run the floor as effectively as the Scott Community High School boys, one way to disrupt their high-powered offense is by being very deliberate when you have the ball.
After all, teams that play offense as well as SCHS don’t typically have the patience to play great defense.
Then again, the Beavers are anything but typical.
On two occasions, an outmanned Colby team tried to slow down the game, limit the possessions by both teams and stay within striking distance of SCHS.
The second time they tried that strategy on Friday night was as ineffective as the first.
The Beavers had no trouble cruising to an 85-36 win in Great West Activities Conference action.
Not that the Eagles didn’t have brief success with their strategy in the early moments. Scott City didn’t own its first lead of the night until Drew Kite’s steal and layup at the 5:02 mark put the Beavers on top, 6-4. That was part of a 9-0 scoring run that began with sophomore guard Trey O’Neil’s three-pointer and ended with senior Brett O’Neil’s basket that extended the lead to 10-4.
By that time, Scott City was able to force the tempo and, even though Colby trailed by just six, 22-16, at the end of the period, this game was over for the Eagles.
Leading 24-18 early in the second quarter, the Beavers demonstrated why they are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the GWAC with an offensive clinic. They put together a 12-0 scoring blitz that doubled up the score, 36-18, following Tyler Hess’s basket at the 5:04 mark.
Colby’s 26 points in the first half had to feel like an offensive explosion given the way the Scott City defense dominated in the second half.
Starting late in the second period, Colby was held without a point for just over seven minutes. During that time, SCHS put together a 19-0 scoring barrage that put them on top 61-26 with 2:14 left in the third period. Six different Beavers scored during that stretch.
With head coach Glenn O’Neal going to his bench early and often, it had little impact on the offense.
Senior guard Anthony Wilson, who knocked down two treys and scored eight points in the final period, despite a 30-point running clock, put the Beavers on top, 71-30, with the first of his three-pointers.
That was followed by another 10-0 SCHS scoring run - the fourth time in the game in which they had scored at least nine unanswered points. Wilson started the streak with another three-pointer, followed by a steal and layup. Senior guard Austin Habiger connected on another three-pointer and Brenner Wells added a pair of free throws which put the Beavers on top, 81-32.
Kite, a senior pivot, had a double-double with 21 points (10-of-13 FG) and 10 rebounds. B. O’Neil, who was 7-of-12 from the field, finished with 12 points, seven assists and six steals while senior forward Joey Meyer added 15 points (5-of-7 FG) and five steals.
The Beavers had another outstanding night from the field, hitting 68 percent (30-of-44) from two-point range and adding 13-of-16 at the line.