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Tornadoes sprint past Denison-Schleswig in boys basketball opener

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thumbs up.

That was Storm Lake boys basketball coach Bob Grant's assessment of his team's season opening performance Tuesday. The Tornadoes beat the Denison-Schleswig Monarchs 73-51 in a non-conference bout.

"I was nervous going in because we had a lot of untested players at the varsity level," he said. "I was very excited with how they competed. We gave a lot of effort and scrambled on defense."

The Tornadoes had a balanced scoring attack with four players hitting double figures, led by A.J. Croker, who put up 16 points and had four 3-pointers.

Taylor Anderson (14 points), Will Hansen (10) and Jordan Carlson (10) were Storm Lake's other double figure scorers.

Storm Lake burst out to a 17-7 lead, led 42-20 at halftime and never relinquished its pressure.

"I felt like we still played hard," Grant said. "They put some pressure on us and we were still able to handle that. We did a great job of playing together as a group and moving the ball around. We did a good job of blocking out - they were so much bigger than we were. We ended up in double figures in steals, and that's not counting the turnovers we forced."

Grant said Storm Lake still needs to work on defensive positioning.

"We need to watch some of our defensive rotations," he said. "Are we in the passing lane? Are we following people around picks?

"(Offensively) we still need to work on timing on our plays."

Second team all-conference player Jesse Munger, a 6-foot-3 forward, was not in the lineup Tuesday. He's expected to be out until late January after a second violation of the school's activity code.

"It will be tough trying to replace him," Grant said.

The Tornadoes (1-0) head to Sioux City North tomorrow night. If Storm Lake wins three more games, it would match its win total of last year when it finished 4-18.

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