Green Ridge basketball coach Jason Ollison knew just when to press the magic button Saturday morning in the first round of the Kaysinger Conference Tournament.
With his team trailing fifth-seeded Windsor 32-25 at the half, Ollison turned up the tempo on the Greyhounds with full-court pressure and a half-court trap and an awesome display of inside power by senior Austin Story to rally for a 62-56 win at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center at State Fair Community College.
Saturday’s game was the second of the season between the two schools. Eerily similar to Saturday’s matchup, Windsor led the first game by eight points at the half and Green Ridge rallied to win 69-60.
After watching his team struggling to find the basket under a slower-tempo contest, Ollison decided enough was enough.
For example, Green Ridge missed six layups in the first half as well as a number of putbacks off the offensive glass. The Tigers were only around 50 percent from the line.
Green Ridge, 14-7, seemed to catch the Greyhounds off guard when they came out in a full-court press to start the third quarter.
Trent Johnson completed a three-point play to start the third quarter and Windsor had a double-digit lead at 35-25.
Story followed up an offensive rebound with a putback and Hayden Doane drilled a trey as Green Ridge clawed away at the Greyhound lead at 35-30. Lane Soendker and Johnson scored back-to-back buckets to give Windsor breathing room at 39-30.
Story scored twice inside and Doane knocked down a free throw-line jumper and Green Ridge took the lead 41-40.
The Tiger press was taking its toll, giving the Tigers a lot of transition baskets off of turnovers and steals.
Ben Scotten scored six straight points and Doane added a layup off a steal as Green Ridge reversed a seven-point halftime deficit to take a 48-44 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, if Green Ridge missed a shot, the 6-foot-5 Story was there to collect the rebound and score. The Tiger guards were able to lob the ball inside to Story. Windsor had no answer for the Tigers’ big man.
Story scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. He scored 12 of those 15 in the third quarter. Story had a double-double, collecting 15 rebounds, nine on the offensive glass and he blocked six shots.
Ollison had to be reaching for the Maalox in the first half as his team missed easy shot after easy shot, but they kept hanging around.
Windsor led 12-6 halfway through the first quarter, but Green Ridge went on a 9-3 run topped by a trey from Justin McCarthy to tie the game at 15-15 late in the opening period. Kyle Hout scored at the end of the quarter to put Windsor up 17-15 at the end of the quarter.
The Greyhounds opened up a 24-17 lead early in the second as Green Ridge made one of its first eight shots. Zane Anstine scored late in the second to give the Greyhounds their biggest lead at 29-21.
Windsor went in up 32-25 at halftime.
In the second quarter, Green Ridge made just three of 13 shots and turned the ball over three times.
Story led Green Ridge with a game-high 21 points, 15 boards and six blocked shots. Doane added 18 points with two treys.
Tyler Brockman led the Greyhounds with 12 points. Johnson added 11 and Aaron Garotte10. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.