“If we could just stop turning the ball over, we would get more shots on our offensive end and our opponents would get a lot less layups. If we did that, we can start winning these games.’’
Not only did Manual’s pressure create turnovers, but the Rams also forced the Vikings into very quick shots on the offensive end when they did break the pressure.
Danville didn’t have a single possession in the first half with four or more passes. Most of the time, it was break the pressure and shoot or break the pressure, pass and shoot.
“I don’t think we ever got into our offense,’’ Houpt said. “We’ve had games like this before, but this is probably the worst. Right now, if the other team is pressuring the ball, we can’t get into our offense and everyone kind of panics.
“Even when we do score, it’s not from the offense, it’s from beating the pressure. Obviously, that is something we are going to have to address.’’
Houpt admits the biggest problem in that area is the lack of true point guard. The two best ballhandlers for Danville are senior Kylen Butler, who had a team-high 17 points, but he is a more natural off-guard and senior forward Denzel Smith, who had 14 points, six assists and seven turnovers.
“We just don’t have anyone that can create shots for other people,’’ Houpt said. “It’s not a lack of willingness by this team, it’s a lack of skill set. We don’t have that type of guy on this team.
“If we could just get the ball into our offense on a consistent basis, Denzel is good enough to create shots on his own.’’
Smith actually scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half as he was saddled with foul troubles in the first two quarters, but the Vikings were able to keep it close, trailing 19-17 at halftime as Butler had seven points in the first half.