Trojans open MVC season with victory

Trojans open MVC season with victory

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Trojans open MVC season with victory

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When Steve Bergman talks, his West High boys basketball team listens.

The Trojans certainly heard Bergman’s halftime message loud and clear Friday night.

West High hit 8-of-10 third-quarter field goals to pull away from Cedar Rapids Washington on its way to a convincing 68-37 win at West High.

The win was the 56th straight for West High (4-0) while Washington fell to 0-3 in the Mississippi Valley Conference opener for both teams.

“It seemed like we had a lot of very short quick possessions the first half, and I like fast breaks and a fast shot, but when we went to the half court we had to make sure we made them guard us a little bit,” Bergman said. “We talked about that just a little bit at halftime.”

West led 33-19 at halftime but quickly put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run to open the third quarter.

Junior Adam Klein scored nine points during the 11-0 run that spanned the first 4:52 of the second half.

Klein made all four of his field goal attempts in the third quarter as West High shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half.

“In the first half, we didn’t run much offense; it was just a couple of passes and shoot,” senior Chike Ukah said. “Coach really stressed running our offense because that really helps us get open shots.”

West led 11-7 after the first quarter but started to pull away in the second.

Wyatt Lohaus scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter as West built a 33-19 halftime lead.

The Trojans led 22-16 with 2:25 left in the first half but ended the second quarter with a 11-3 run that started with back-to-back three-pointers by junior David Dileo.

Lohaus scored the final five West High points of the half on a three-pointer and a pull-up jumper to give West a 33-19 cushion.

“I made a few more shots, but I still don’t think they were as good of shots as they could have been,” Lohaus said of the second quarter. “But they went in.”

West wasted no time putting the game away in the third quarter.

Klein scored seven straight points to open the half and after a 17-footer by Lohaus made the score 42-19, Klein hit a layup underneath to give West a 44-19 advantage.

Lohaus hit two more baskets in the quarter, including an 18-foot jumper at the third quarter buzzer that put West up 50-24.

West shot 55 percent from the floor for the game while holding Cedar Rapids Washington to just 35 percent shooting.

“We have good shooters,” Bergman said. “If there is one thing right now that we probably do better than last year, we shoot the perimeter ball better.”

Klein finished with 13 points off the bench on perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the floor as 11 West players scored.

Dileo added eight points, and Malik Williams hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six.

“I’ve said it 100 times, I don’t have anybody on that bench that I’m afraid to put in the game,” Bergman said. “They will all do a decent job, and unfortunately you can’t play 14 or 15 guys every game, but we have guys that can come in and do that, and I have total trust in all of them.”

Washington didn’t score more than 13 points in any quarter and committed 18 turnovers.

Maurice Arrington led the Warriors with 10 points and six rebounds.

“I thought defensively we took a step forward tonight,” Lohaus said. “That was a lot better.”

WEST HIGH (68) – Adam Klein 6-6 0-2 13, Marquis Yarborough 1-4 0-0 2, Harley Shear 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett Grimsman 1-2 0-0 2, Tanner Lohaus 1-3 0-0 2, Wyatt Lohaus 10-18 4-5 25, Nick Gallagher 1-3 0-0 2, Connor McCaffery 0-2 0-0 0, Malik Williams 2-2 0-0 6, David Dileo 3-6 0-0 8, Alex Henderson 1-3 0-0 2, Wali Parks 0-0 2-2 2, Nick Spiess 0-0 0-0 0, Ahmed Ishmail 0-0 0-0 0, Chike Ukah 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 28-51 6-10 68.

C.R. WASHINGTON (37) – Montaves Anderson 1-2 1-6 4, CJ Nelson 2-3 1-1 5, Taylor Razadon 0-3 0-0 0, Reid Snitker 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Kramer 2-7 2-2 7, Maurice Arrington 4-9 2-2 10, Jared Printy 4-9 0-0 9, Max Claasen 0-1 0-0 0, Steven Kramer 0-0 1-2 1, Keegan Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Julian Good-Jones 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 13-37 8-15 37.

West High 11 22 17 18 68
C.R. Wash. 7 12 5 13 37

3-point goals – West High 6-13 (Klein 1-1, W. Lohaus 1-4, Gallagher 0-1, McCaffery 0-1, Williams 2-2, Dileo 2-3, Henderson 0-1), C.R. Washington 3-13 (Anderson 1-1, Nelson 0-1, Razadon 0-1, Kramer 1-4, Arrington 0-2, Printy 1-3, Moore 0-1). Rebounds – West High 33 (W. Lohaus 6), C.R. Washington 21 (Arrington 6) Turnovers – West High 11, C.R. Washington 18. Total fouls – West High 15, C.R. Washington 14.

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