Royals romp past Rosemount
After lopsided road losses to two teams ranked in the top-10, Woodbury was more than happy to open the home season on Dec. 12.
Playing with a full lineup for the first time this season, the Royals dominated visiting Rosemount, winning easily, 71-36.
Senior guards Michael Jones scored 21 points and DJ Fleming added 17 to pace the Woodbury offense. Senior guard Raysean Treadwell and senior center David Alston added seven each.
It was Alston's first game for the Royals this season and he made his inside presence felt against the Irish.
"It just felt good after missing the first two games," Alston said. "I was really excited to get back on the court and just bring that energy and physicality and just be back with my guys."
It was the defense that most pleased Woodbury coach Kent Getzlaff, however.
"For sure the defensive effort," Getzlaff said. "(Our) energy was great. We kind of got it stuck to us the first couple games and definitely did not have the same kind of defensive intensity and approach that we had in tonight's game."
After opening the season with short-handed games against No. 10 Lakeville North and No. 5 Wayzata, Getzlaff said it was nice to field a full team against Rosemount.
Woodbury improved to 1-2.
"We didn't have Alston the first two games and that makes a huge difference," Getzlaff said. "And we didn't have Fleming the second game, so you take two of our five starters out and our team is going to look a little bit different. Either way, though, we still didn't come out and play the way that we want to."
The Royals controlled the game from start to finish, breaking out to leads of 7-0 and 20-7 and led 38-17 at the half. Jones drained three 3-pointers to fuel the early surge.
"I thought we really shared the ball nice, we really got out in transition," said Jones, who is averaging 28.3 points per game so far this season. "We were able to push the ball, get everybody involved and get some easy buckets.
Jones also noted how well the Royals played defensively.
"We struggled in the first two games against a couple of good teams defensively and we really wanted to lock down tonight and we really did that," Jones added. "Everybody did well from guy one to guy 18. It was a whole team effort to hold them to 36."
Ahead by 21 at the break, the only questions of the second half was when and how deep coach Getzlaff would go to his bench, and he just about cleared it.
Woodbury played 16 and 10 of them contributed points.
"Our half-court defense, we really locked down, holding them under 40," Alston said. "It's something we talked about at halftime and we really got it done. And then I'd say we won most of the 50/50 balls by just making hustle plays and getting on the floor and that's something we really emphasize."
The Royals canned seven 3-pointers and went 18-of-25 at the free-throw line.
Rosemount fell to 0-3.
Woodbury hosted Lakeville South (2-1) Dec. 14 and opened the Suburban East Conference season Friday, Dec. 15, at Forest Lake (4-0).