The Woodstock boys basketball team experimented with a new offense Monday night and noticed the effects from the first tip.
The Blue Streaks (5-3) wandered away from their usual read-and-react offense and developed a new approach during their eight days of practice without a scheduled game.
"I think we played pretty well considering we put in a new offense tonight," said Jordan Turner, who scored 16 points in Woodstock's 63-48 win over visiting Alden-Hebron.
The new-look offense consisted of playing with three post players while the two guards would run off screens to open up the mid-range shots.
Damian Stoneking, the Blue Streaks 6-foot-7 center, took advantage of head coach Al Baker's new offense as he scored a game-high 22 points, 18 of which came in the first half.
But the senior's offensive output isn't the only way he helped his team to its fifth win. Stoneking was disruptive on the defensive side of the ball, tallying 4 blocks in the first half and forced the Giants' shooters to put more arc on their shots than normal with his large frame.
"Damian carried us early," said Baker, whose team, aside from Stoneking, shot well under 50 percent in the first half. The Blue Streaks also shot 0 for 5 from the free-throw line in the first two quarters. "[Stoneking] did a fantastic job tonight. He did things on both sides of the ball that impressed me: he ran the floor well, made it difficult for their shooters and shot effectively."
The Giants (2-8) played tough for the entire game, which pleased head coach Dale Jandron. Though seemingly overmatched and low in numbers, A-H rallied and drew the game within four with 4:20 to play in the second but allowed the Blue Streaks to begin a 10-0 to end the half.
"This game was a good measuring stick for us," Jandron said. "For us to be able to compete with them was a good sign. They are much bigger than us. Stoneking on their side is a real nice player but we played tough.
"We don't get to simulate anything like this in practice with our low numbers, so over break we are going to bring some older kids in and see if we can get some hard practices going and get these kids ready for the playoffs."
With the win, the Blue Streaks are going in a positive direction now, enjoying a four game win-streak which is something that Baker is pleased about.
"We stumbled out of the gate," the head coach said. "But as of late we have been playing much better ball and we have been able to put some wins together. It's nice to see as we head into the holiday tournament and then a nice break for us to really mesh and put some things together.