After a couple of days recovery and the opportunity to fine tune the Tutes game in a walk through training session, the offensive execution noticeably improved. AIS Captain Hugh Greenwood led the way for the Institute finishing the game with 19 points including nine from the free throw line.
The Tomball team did not have an answer for Greenwood’s speed and strength as he continually found ways to get to the basket. Big man Will Sinclair had his best game for the Institute finishing with 12 points and playing a vital role at the defensive end, whilst Daniel Trist contribute 16 points.
With missed layups and opportunities at the free-throw line the AIS went into the second half carrying a slim six point lead. The second half started with a bang with the Tute scoring the first six points, and frustrating the opposition across the court.
Jackson Hussey and Mitch Norton’s full court pressure was a key for the 6-0 run to start the half. Late in the game the lead had blown out to 18, before Lonestar stunned the Tute with a full court trapping defense and reeled them back in.
The AIS held were able to settle and run out victors by 11 points.
Coach Stacker was impressed with the win, particularly praising efforts on boxing out the bigger and more athletic opponents. “It was a real positive for us to win the rebound count, and particularly do some damage on the offensive glass”.
The tour continues today with a game against another of Lonestar’s other Junior Colleges, which will then lead us into our final series of games at an invitational tournament in Houston.
AIS Game Eight
Today the AIS Men took on the Kingwood Coyotes , coming up short with an eight point loss. With captain Hugh Greenwood sitting on the sidelines resting an injured toe, there were plenty of opportunities for other team members to step up. Scholarship holder Mitch Norton was the first to put his hand up with a deep three pointer to get the AIS on the board.
Norton showed a good balance scoring baskets both inside and outside for the Tute as well as dishing out a handful of assists to get his team-mates involved in the game. Young up and comer Mirko Djeric also played a big role in getting his team-mates involved finishing with a game high seven assists.
The Institute showed a lot of promise early in the game jumping out to a six point lead which they held for much of the first half. Jackson Hussey and Ben Richmond who have been steadily improving each game, combined for a basket mid-way through the first half as Richmond tipped an offensive rebound and pitched it out to Hussey who drilled the three pushing the lead out even further.
Back to back baskets to the locals again saw the game seesaw, with the Coyotes putting on a late flurry to head into the half time break up by one point.
The second half proved to be as hard fought as the first with the locals playing some tough basketball in front of a vocal home crowd. Highlights for the Institute were Jackson Hussey drilling three three pointers finishing with four for the game and a total of 21 points, and Mitch Norton leading all scorers with 24 points.
The AIS had their chances to pull off a come from behind win with some great pressure defence resulting in consecutive steals to Tyler Hickert. Unfortunately we just ran out of time, with the Kingwood team able to seal the game with some clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch.
The tour continues with back to back games tomorrow kicking off our final leg of the trip with a highly competitive three day tournament.