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SIOUX CITY -- Shooting 67 percent from the field will lead to a lot of victories for any boys basketball team.

When you're Sioux City East, fresh off an appearance in the Class 4A state semifinals, it might carry you even further.

The Black Raiders opened the season by scorching the nets, hitting 35 of their 52 shots, on way to a 94-30 Missouri River Conference victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.

"When you shoot like that, wow, that's about as good as you're going to do," said East Coach Ras Vanderloo. "When we shoot like that we'll be as good as a lot of teams in the state, but you got to get stops and not every night it happens.

"That's why you got to play hard every possession."

East knocked down 13 of its 17 first quarter shots in racing to a 32-7 lead.

The advantage went from 16-7 to 43-7 thanks to a 27-0 run over a six-minute stretch between the first and second quarters.

"Everything with us starts with defense, you got to get stops in order to get easy baskets," said Vanderloo.

Aidan Vanderloo, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, hit 9 of 12 shots, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range and led the charge with 25 points.

Vanderloo, one of four Black Raiders in double figures, scored 12 of his points in a third quarter that saw the hosts outscore the Yellowjackets 23-2.

Van Rees tallied 15 points and eight rebounds while Jaleque Dunson had 12 and Jack Peterson 10.

"We kind of feed off each other, the offense got the defense started and we played very good defense for a long time tonight," said Coach Vanderloo. "When you can hold a team to 30 that's pretty good, and when you can score in the 90s regardless that's awesome.

"It was kind of a perfect storm tonight, but will take it."

East will face city rival West, fresh off a win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Friday at West. The Wolverines will be retiring the jersey of the school's all-time scoring leader and former NBA player Kirk Hinrich.


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