Grantsville head coach Bryan Detweiler was a little less displeased with his team’s turnover stat from the 63-47 loss at home to Juan Diego on Friday.
At least on the surface, and only compared to the team’s season average.
“I don’t think the [Juan Diego] pressure was there fully the second half,” Detweiler said. “We’ve got to do a better job of attacking gaps in the zone.”
The stifling and ever-changing Juan Diego press helped account for 14 turnovers — mostly in the first half when the game was still in question — compared to the previous season average of 17.86.
The Soaring Eagle used at least four different full-court pressure schemes in the first quarter alone, including a 2-2-1, diamond, man-to-man and first-pass trap. With the athletic forwards and tall guards on the Juan Diego roster, the visitors jumped out to a 10-5 lead midway through the first quarter.
“We try to really mix it up and keep them guessing between a zone full-court press and a man full-court press,” Juan Diego head coach Drew Trost said. “Then teams start making back-to-back mistakes and it just kind of snowballs.”
When senior guard JD Ahlstrom hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Juan Diego an 18-5 lead with 3:10 to go in the period, they were the first of his team’s buckets outside of 10 feet from the hoop.
Ahlstrom finished with a game-high 18 points, making 4-of-7 attempted 3-pointers while dishing out five assists.
Senior forward Steven Price added another 16 points and three steals.
“We just couldn’t get any stops,” Detweiler said.
The Cowboys started with a different lineup than normal: senior center Trevor Colson, junior guard Ryan Potter, senior forward Jared Roberts, junior forward Brady Arbon and senior power forward Gavin Eyre.
“We were just trying to look at maybe creating some mismatches with bringing the basketball up, and see if we could get our offense a little bit cleaner this game, understanding that Juan Diego has really good guard play,” Detweiler said.
Colson had a team-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with six rebounds and four assists. He hit a jump shot midway through the fourth quarter and scored an and-one on the next possession to pull the Cowboys to a 59-41 deficit, and Grantsville eventually narrowed the margin to 16.
Eyre chipped in with 10 points and five boards.
The Cowboys are now 8-7 and will next open region play Friday at 2-9 Union — the Cougars will open league action Wednesday at Park City.
“We played all the Tooele County schools, and I think they look good,” Trost said of Grantsville’s chances in Region 10. “I think they’ve got some good pieces, so favorably. I think it looks favorably for them.”