EAST 75, LEWIS CENTRAL 34

East boys roll in season opener over Lewis Central

2012-11-27T18:50:00Z 2012-11-29T08:46:04Z East boys roll in season opener over Lewis CentralBARRY POE bpoe@siouxcityjournal.com Sioux City Journal
November 27, 2012 6:50 pm  • 

SIOUX CITY | East began life after Adam Woodbury in resounding fashion, rolling to a 75-34 victory over Council Bluffs Lewis Central in the boys basketball opener for both teams Tuesday at East.

The Black Raiders bolted out of the gate with 30 first-quarter points and the 35-point continuous clock rule went into effect a minute into the second half.

East forced 13 turnovers in the first half while zipping to a 30-5 lead and enjoyed a 46-14 halftime cushion in its first game in four seasons without the 7-foot Woodbury, now a freshman starter at the University of Iowa.

“Wow, that was a good performance on opening night,” said East Coach Ras Vanderloo. “We’ve had some great teams here over the years and I’m not sure any of them has played as well as they played tonight.

“Defensively, they were very good and we rebounded the ball. When you play defense and rebound you’re going to get easy shots and layups. I think we got 30 points in the first quarter – that’s crazy.”

Marcel Dunson, East’s lone returning starter, fired in 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half, including 14 in the first quarter when he made 6-of-7 shots.

The Black Raiders scored the first nine points – six of those off steals – setting the pace for what was to come.

“They really climbed in our shorts and we obviously had difficulty with that,” said Lewis Central Coach Dan Miller. “Their pressure gave us fits and we didn’t handle it very well and didn’t execute the way that we needed to to handle that.”

The Titans were without senior guard Alex Reed, a third-year starter and the top returning scorer. Reed injured a shoulder during football and is slowly rounding back into shape, according to Miller.

“He’s not worth 40 points, but he is a calming influence. We were kind of chaotic and needed someone to just calm the ship,” said Miller. “But I thought they played well and did a good job defensively, running around and trapping us from behind. They made things very difficult for us and our execution was poor at best.”

Greg Kirwan and Wyatt Mounts, a pair of juniors who played on a sophomore team that finished 19-1 last season, tacked on 13 points each for East. The 6-foot Mounts also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

“When you can get a running clock against Lewis Central – they’re a quality team and are going to win a lot of games – I couldn’t be happier,” said Vanderloo. “We don’t have a 7-footer anymore so we have to create pressure and we’ve been working on that. Our pressure caused a lot of turnovers and when you do that, you’re going to win.”

Lewis Central had no players score double figures. Tony Rew paced the Titans with eight points.

East opens Missouri River Activities Conference play Friday at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.

LEWIS CENTRAL (34)

Lincoln Rodenburg 1-1 0-0 2, Mitch Moran 0-2 0-0 0, Toby Korner 3-10 1-2 7, Ryan Waldron 1-1 0-1 2, Tony Rew 2-7 2-2 8, Cody Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Mathews 2-2 0-0 5, Nate Pettepier 1-2 0-0 2, J.B. Baker 0-3 1-2 1, Kyler Nixon 2-5 0-0 5, Brook DeMarque 1-1 0-0 2, Conner Hanafan 0-0 0-0 0, Mitch Brinkman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-36 4-7 34.

EAST (75)

Marcel Dunson 10-20 2-3 23, Greg Kirwan 5-6 3-4 13, Taylor De Laughter 2-3 2-2 6, Wyatt Mounts 5-9 3-5 13, Chase Kern 1-2 0-2 2, Simeon Moes 1-3 0-0 2, Carter Lilly 1-5 0-0 2, Blake Lynch 3-3 0-0 8, Ben Steenhoven 0-3 0-0 0, Connor Treft 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Betts 1-2 0-0 2, Andre Harris 0-2 0-0 0, J.J. Stephens 1-1 0-0 2, Alex Stueve 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 30-61 12-18 75.

Lewis Central 5 9 6 14 -- 34

East 30 16 16 13 -- 75

3-point shots – Lewis Central 4-13 (Rew 2-5, Nixon 1-4, Mathews 1-1, Moran 0-2, Pettepier 0-1), East 3-13 (Lynch 2-2, Dunson 1-3, Mounts 0-2, Treft 0-2, Lilly 0-1, Steenhoven 0-1, Betts 0-1, Harris 0-1). Rebounds – Lewis Central 25 (Korner 7), East 34 (Mounts 7). Turnovers – Lewis Central 26, East 9. Total fouls – Lewis Central 12, East 13. Fouled out – None.

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