Robinson leads GJ effort in rout of Montrose
The Montrose High School boys basketball team knew going into its game with Grand Junction that it would have to stop the Tigers’ Everett Robinson and Geoff Baldwin from scoring.
The Indians were partially successful Friday night, holding Baldwin to seven points. However, Montrose (10-5, 1-2 SWL) couldn’t slow down Robinson, who burned the Indians for 26 points in a 74-48 Grand Junction victory.
“Everyone contributed,” Grand Junction coach Dutch Johnson said. “A lot of teams are going to try and take Geoff and Everett out of it. They will do whatever to not let those guys get their touches, but tonight everyone contributed.”
What the Tigers have been missing at times this season is a third scoring option. But against the Indians, everyone took a turn making plays. It began with Justin Trujillo hitting a floater, then following with a 3-pointer to give Grand Junction a 7-2 early lead.
“That was huge,” Johnson said. “He is a big piece to this puzzle. He doesn’t score a lot of points for us, but he gave us a big kick start to begin the game.”
Taking the example set by Trujillo — who finished with nine points — reserve guard Tommy
Powers had three steals in the first quarter and added four points, which helped give the Tigers a 15-6 first-quarter lead.
“We talked about someone else (contributing),” Powers said. “I thought I needed to step up for us.”
Powers did a little bit of everything for the Tigers, finishing with six points, six rebounds, three block shots and two assists. Johnson said Powers is one of the players the Tigers need to be successful.
“Tommy has been huge all year when he comes off the bench and gives us some offense,”
Johnson said. “He can shoot the heck out of the ball, but he does a lot of other things for us.”
The Indians regrouped in the second quarter led by sophomores Nathan Robetson and Niko Youngren, who combined for nine points help the Indians cut the lead to 26-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, it was a combination of defense and deep shots that help Grand Junction run away with the game. Tyler Winder, who finished with 10 points, hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, then Robinson got going, scoring on a layup and a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 39-25 lead.
Grand Junction would increase the lead to 51-29 heading into the fourth and the Tigers didn’t let up.
“It started with our defense,” Johnson said. “I thought in the third, all Montrose shot was contested perimeter shots and that allowed us to get out and run.”
Robertson had the Indians with 16 points and Youngren added 14.
Grand Junction looks to win its fifth straight game Tuesday at Central.
“We can enjoy this win for a night then we have to start preparing for next week because Central is tough as nails,” Johnson said.