And it wasn’t just Blackmon who was lights out, as teammate Alec Turner, who missed four games to injury earlier in the season, was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and scored 22. He had 17 at halftime as the Giants built a 52-25 lead at the break.
“I knew coming in that we really needed to force them to shoot 3s,” Skaggs said. “Yeah, I would have liked to have had a better hand up. We weren’t a step slow tonight, we were five steps behind.
“It wasn’t until the end ... I thought Alex Brink, I thought that was maybe his best game. I thought he got on the floor and got after it a little bit. I didn’t think he was scared to get physical. I’m not sure some other guys weren’t a little timid and we still have a bunch of guys that want to end up playing on the perimeter. I’ll be the first to criticize my own kid [Carter Skaggs]. He needs to go inside more himself. [Andrew] Wamsley’s got to screen and be inside all the time. It was a combination of things and obviously they are state ranked for a reason. They’re a really good team, obviously a tall task for us. But I’m very disappointed with our effort tonight.”
The Giants led 83-40 after three quarters of play. They pulled their starters with 6:36 to go with an 85-46 lead but reinserted them when it was 89-53 with 4:12 left. Blackmon had a dunk and two free throws for his curtain call before leaving the game again.
“They’re a solid team, but to me there’s no excuse to perform that poorly,” Skaggs said. “I’m not talking about every kid on the team. I thought some kids came off the bench and hustled and played hard.