DeKALB – The DeKalb boys basketball team turned the ball over 10 times in the first quarter of Friday’s Chuck Dayton Tournament opener against Winnebago.
The Barbs were able to stay with the Indians throughout the first half, but in the end, the turnover problems were just too much to overcome against a team which came into the contest unbeaten as Winnebago pulled away in the second half for an 81-53 win.
Turnovers have been a problem for the Barbs (1-9) in recent games, and DeKalb finished with 27 turnovers Friday night.
“That’s been a consistent problem,” DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said.” The last two weeks it’s been really bad.”
To Rohlman, turnovers are a case of his team just not being able to share the ball well. The Indians (11-0) pressed DeKalb, and Rohlman mentioned how his post players weren’t willing to kick the ball out.
“Every team in the state ought to press us the way we’ve been playing the last couple weeks,” Rohlman said. “We have to be willing to share the basketball and play together, and when we don’t do that, like we didn’t tonight, we struggle to get rid of the basketball.
“We won’t pass it to the open guy, we won’t look up the floor.”
Taylor Shumate gave Winnebago a 13-point lead in the third quarter, the Indians’ biggest advantage of the game to that point.
DeKalb wouldn’t get much closer and Winnebago ran away with it during the fourth quarter.
Winnebago is always a traditional strong team, and this year the Indians are no different.
“They’re very deep. They’re very deep,” Rohlman said. “They’re extremely patient and I think mentally they’re very tough. You know, we made some runs at them tonight and they just didn’t go away, and that’s maturity and mental toughness.”
Andre Harris led the Barbs with 18 points, 16 of them coming in the first half. Jake Carpenter finished with eight.
The Barbs continue play at the Chuck Dayton Tournament today against Harlem at 6:30 p.m.