Published: January 29, 2014
Before the bleachers were warm at Falcon on Wednesday, Air Academy had already imposed its defensive will, converting frequent turnovers into crisp offensive execution that even coach Barry Clark couldn't have drawn up any better.
"That was great team defense that led to easy baskets," said Clark, who witnessed all-around solid efforts in every facet of the game as his Kadets took apart Falcon, 88-54. "Our start really is a credit to our defense. We just kept the ball on their side of the floor the whole time."
James Sims and David Louthan, his cousin, each scored 15 points, leading four scorers in double figures as the Kadets (13-3, 6-1 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) started strong and never let up in scoring the most points since a 107-point effort against Pueblo Centennial on Dec. 1, 2006.
The visiting Kadets rolled to a 34-10 lead in the game's first eight minutes, their five starters combining to connect for 13 outside shots in a scoring frenzy that included six 3-pointers.
"We didn't come out strong, couldn't get the ball up the court and couldn't set up our offense," Falcons senior Cody Curtis said. "They were shooting shots, driving on us, and we were playing lackadaisical on defense. We just didn't have it."
In contrast, Falcon (10-6, 3-4) managed only 11 field goals in the first half as it trailed 48-25 at the break.
Sims, typically the first or second man off the bench, started the second half for Air Academy and rattled off 11 straight points, ending the quarter with 13.
"I haven't done a lot this season, so it was a lot of fun to get some time out there. I was in the right place at the right time. My teammates helped me a lot with some wide-open passes that led to easy lay-ins."
Bobby Davis added 12 points, while Stephen Heard chipped in with 11 as Air Academy continues to write boys' basketball history. The program's previous single-season wins mark in recent history was 11 back in 2006-07.
Ben Cohn was tied for the high for Falcon with nine points, while Chances Matlock, who had 32 in Falcon's scintillating 67-63 upset of Sand Creek on Jan. 24, had only nine.
"They're a good team, but we can't dwell on this," Curtis said. "We have to look forward to our next game. First, we have to go hard in practice, get our heads right and get ready (for Discovery Canyon)."