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The silencing of Lamb

G-R’s defensive stalwart Dinsdale does the job

March 15, 2015
TYLER STRAND - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - Forcing a missed shot doesn't match the beauty of burying a big 3.

Denying a pass won't draw the applause of crossing over an opponent.

And diving for a loose ball won't garner any mention in the box score but simply a bruise as evidence of the effort.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Colton Dinsdale (14) shuffles his feet to keep up with Nodaway Valley leading scorer Jackson Lamb (23) during the first half of Monday’s Class 1A boys state basketball quarterfinal game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Lamb, averaging 25 points per game, was limited to 7-of-24 shooting and 19 points in the Wolverines’ season-ending defeat.
Photo by Ross Thede

Colton Dinsdale isn't looking to fill a stat sheet, at least not in the way most chase the numbers. The Rebels' sturdy 5-foot-11 defensive stopper is more of a minimizer, limiting the opponent's top perimeter weapon and making them exert maximum effort for minimal returns.

Dinsdale exemplified that addition-by-subtraction mentality Monday by holding Nodaway Valley's Jackson Lamb to six points in the first half and making him take 24 shots to score 19 - six below his season average.

"That gets me really pumped up, just stopping anybody that's really good on the offensive end," Dinsdale said. "Holding them below (their scoring average) just makes me feel really good and it makes the coaches pumped up and the whole team."

Dinsdale's defensive exploits did more than just get his team fired up. They also shook the confidence of one of the state's most dangerous and efficient scorers to put G-R on track for a runaway victory in their 80-57 quarterfinal rout of the Wolverines.

Lamb, the state's third-leading scorer, entered the tourney hitting 48 percent of his field goals and 39 percent from beyond the arc. Those numbers took nosedives at Wells Fargo Arena as Dinsdale swarmed Lamb on and off the ball, while cutting off any driving lanes and relentlessly keeping a hand in the 6-foot-2 guard's face.

Lamb made just 2-of-13 from the field in first half and missed six of his first seven attempts from long range. He steadied himself a bit after halftime but still finished just 7-for-24 overall and 2-of-10 from deep while committing four turnovers.

Dinsdale was aiming to keep the Wolverine shooter to 15 points or less but he - along with the help of his teammates - was still satisfied in taking Lamb out of the equation early to aid G-R's 41-20 halftime cushion.

Lamb is used to seeing extra defensive attention come his way but had still scored at least 30 in eight games. The junior finished shy of 20 for just the sixth time all year and had attempted more field goals (25) only twice.

"(Dinsdale) played tight, I've been getting tight defense the whole (year)," Lamb said. "He was playing tight and then I'd go around the screen and they'd hedge and double. I just couldn't get around it and that was the tough part. He's a good defender."

Dinsdale shadowed Lamb around the court to limit his touches but once he had the ball, the Rebel senior quickly repositioned himself to cut off the junior's options.

"Colton Dinsdale did a great job on Jackson Lamb," G-R coach Scott Kiburis said. "He's been our defensive stopper all year against the other team's perimeter player. When he heard that we were going to play man defense to start the game, he was so excited in practice. He wants that, he wants the challenge."

From Dike-New Hartford's Carson Parker to Aplington-Parkersburg's Ross Cooper, Dinsdale has accepted his unglamorous role time and again while giving his teammates a boost with a key deflection, steal or forcing a bad shot.

That spark was present again Monday as Nodaway Valley started 1-for-14 from the field allowing G-R to race out to a 17-3 first quarter lead that was more than enough.

"Colt is a huge part of our defense," Cameron Clark said. "He can basically guard anybody. He did a great job against Lamb. We knew Lamb was going to get his shots, he's a great player. But Colton did a great job staying in front of him and playing good defense. He's a huge energy for us, he can lockdown almost anybody."

Lamb has been used to having the opposite effect on nearly every defender he's faced. He eventually found some creases in the second half but in the key stretches of the game, Dinsdale and the Rebels blanketed him with stifling pressure.

"(Dinsdale) just put a lot of pressure on him," Wolverines coach Darrell Burmeister. "Jackson can usually shake anybody but we thought Dinsdale, looking at the tape, would be the guy that would guard him. He's a strong guy and a good defender. A lot of times we'd tried to free Jackie up on screens but that didn't happen a lot tonight either. They were there jumping the screens and getting through the screens. Jackie forced a little bit more today than he normally does but hat's off to them, they played great defense."

Dinsdale admitted you can't truly get a feel for an opponent until the ball is tipped. But some simulations in practice prepped him for his latest challenge.

"Over the week we had Brock Bystricky run around in circles and whatnot trying to get screens and I was trying to bust through there and deny him the ball because that's what Lamb was going to do," Dinsdale said.

"Just trying to stay with him. I knew he was going to miss a couple, I knew he was going to knock some down. Just trying to keep him under control, not let him get on a huge streak or anything. We watched a lot of game film one practice but you can't really see anything unless you play him, you've gotta kind of get to know him."



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