Bombers in midseason form in PTC County Division win over Vikings

By matt lofgren | correspondent Published:

Windham's offense looked in midseason form Tuesday night during a 68-36 PTC County Division victory at Waterloo.

The Bombers improved to 4-0 on the year behind three-year lettermen Matt Knight and Cameron Pozgai, who scored 19 points each. Bombers coach Marty Hill was able to rest most of his starters for the second half while coasting to the victory.

"I was happy because we were really unselfish," said Hill. "We shot the ball a lot better tonight. I thought we played really good defense. We told the kids to play aggressive defense and get going on them early."

What really told the tale of the game was Windham's unselfish offense that looked for the extra pass in almost every possession. Knight said that his teammates are as happy passing the ball as they are shooting it.

"(The offense is) very well-oiled," Knight said. "We take pride in the extra pass. We get more recognition for that than we do for scoring."

Installing the mindset of looking for the extra pass is something that Hill says he has been stressing since last season. With a veteran presence on the squad, Hill said he has been able to convey his message and watch his younger players learn from the older ones.

"For us that's key. We talked about that in the summer, about making the extra pass, and it sort of becomes contagious," Hill said. "When one guy does it, the next guy does it and they're all doing it. Actually we had some passes in the fourth quarter where kids off the bench actually over-passed the ball when they should have shot."

Waterloo struggled for almost all of the first half, turning the ball over 13 times, and the Bombers converted those miscues into 21 points. At halftime Windham led 43-17, silencing the home crowd.

The Vikings coughed up the ball 18 times on the night and the Bombers capitalized on the good defense for 26 points. Hill credited the turnovers to youth in the Waterloo lineup, but saw improvement out of his bunch.

"We're really starting to come around as a team," Knight said. "Everybody is playing better, top to bottom. We're playing really hard. Everyone is just contributing and we're all happy; the whole town is happy."

The Bombers shot an impressive 64 percent from the floor, hitting six 3-pointers. Windham struggled from the charity stripe though, sinking just 7-of-13 free throws (53 percent).

On top of seeing his starters perform well on the court, they got some much-needed rest as Hill got to see what some of his younger players could do.

"It was hectic in the second half, but we played a lot of kids and that's hard to keep the tempo going," Hill said. "They're young and working hard, so we got a chance to get some guys some experience in there."

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