Fierce pressure from Green Bay East Red Devils early and often forced Shawano into 28 turnovers Tuesday as the Hawks fell in their home opener, 59-54.
The Red Devils unveiled their press, which they had not used in any of their previous three games, immediately after losing the opening tip, forcing a 10-second violation in the backcourt in both teams’ first Bay Conference matchup of the season.
When the Hawks got into their half-court offense, the guards were consistently double-teamed and struggled to find the open man.
“The pressure, and they were doubling us, we really kind of panicked, and we missed our reads a little bit,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said. “We missed some open guys.”
Shawano managed 16 points in the first half, 12 of which came from beating the press down the court.
“Tonight, you could almost see the fear in some of the guards for Shawano like they didn’t want the ball,” Green Bay East head coach Rick Rosinski said.