COLUMBUS — Scotus Central Catholic head boys basketball coach Tyler Swanson got a chance to watch Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Friday.
He knew the Bluejays were in a similar situation as Scotus, a very inexperienced team.
The Shamrocks took advantage of that Tuesday, putting together a complete performance in a 74-43 thrashing of GACC at Dowd Activity Center.
“We came out on fire in the first half,” Swanson said. “We were able to create situations where they were uncomfortable and force them to make tough passes. And if you have to make tough passes against our defense, we’re going to come away with a bunch of steals and deflections.”
Senior Trevor Kaslon had a pair of first-half dunks to ignite the Scotus offense on his way to a game-high 19 points.
He had plenty of help around him as three other Shamrocks were in double figures. Colson Kosch had a career-high 14 points and Tyler Wurtz finished with 10. Grant Shanle posted his second consecutive game with double-digit points, adding 10 to the team total.
“Since we’re not very big, we need to create opportunities for ourselves,” Swanson said. “We want to speed things up so we can get more shots off. The first two games, we’ve had some different guys step up and make shots.”
With Kosch and Kaslon directing the offense, Scotus jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter, its second strong start in as many games.
The defense dominated the second quarter, only surrendering five points to the Bluejays as the Shamrocks rolled into halftime with a 31-16 advantage.
Scotus bogged down in the second half of the season opener against Class C-2, No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia, but had no such problems on Tuesday.
The Shamrocks scored 43 second-half points, more than their output from the entire game versus St. Cecilia.
Scotus led 51-24 entering the final eight minutes, when the defense finally showed some cracks with the game well in hand.
It was just the kind of game Scotus (1-1) needed heading into Friday’s home matchup against Class C-1, No. 6 Grand Island Central Catholic.
“They’re going to be really good,” Swanson said of GICC. “This win will give our guys some confidence.”