Trojans' win streak ends at 60 as Senior wins 68-47

Trojans' win streak ends at 60 as Senior wins 68-47

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Trojans' win streak ends at 60 as Senior wins 68-47

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DUBUQUE

The only goal and the audacious mission of Dubuque Senior’s 2013-14 season is to become West High. There’s No Plan B. The Rams would rather return another state third-place trophy than add another one to their trophy case.

Senior finally looked like it belonged in the Trojans’ league Friday and discovered the answer to the basketball quantum physics riddle that has baffled every opponent to step on the floor with West since March 2011.

Brimming with crazy size and wild talent and looking nothing like the mistake-prone club West easily schooled in last year’s Class 4A state semifinals, No. 3-ranked Senior iced the top-ranked Trojans’ remarkable 60-game winning streak with a 68-47 victory Friday night in a stunning romp the Rams themselves didn’t even see coming.

“It was a great thing,” West all-state guard Wyatt Lohaus said of the eighth-longest winning streak in Iowa history, “but one bad game and it’s over like this.”

It was over early for West, which beat horrible driving conditions to reach Dubuque. Getting the early jump on the notoriously fast-starting Trojans, Senior shockingly led wire-to-wire before an electric standing-room-only crowd at Nora Gymnasium. All-stater Kyle Haber paced Senior’s unstoppable post game with a team-high 29 points and set the game’s tone with an eight-point first quarter. The Rams (8-0) opened with a 13-2 run, led 31-15 at halftime and wouldn’t allow the two-time reigning Class 4A state champs to draw closer than 14 points back in the second half.

“Coach (Wendell Eimers) preached that Iowa City West is a first quarter team,” Haber said. “We knew we had to be that team in the first quarter. We came in with confidence that we could beat them and played and executed with confidence.”

West (8-1) was shockingly the overmatched, intimidated team Friday as the Rams carved up the Trojans’ shaky interior defense. Seth Bonifas added 11 points, Iowa football recruit Lucas LeGrand cleaned up the class with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke McDonnell posted nine points.

“We knew we had some things to work on,” West coach Steve Bergman said. “They exposed all of them.”

West’s pressure defense failed to rattle Senior, which turned the ball over just once in the first half and four times for the game.

Lohaus roared to life in the second half and finished with a game-high 32 points. Trouble was, Lohaus was 100 percent of West’s offense in the third quarter. The senior scored the Trojans’ first 21 points of the second half as West — playing lost — never found any kind of offensive rhythm.

West shot 16-for-46, was out-rebounded 38-24 and was helpless to prevent Senior from scoring at will in the post.

“We didn’t come ready to play. From me to the last player on the game, we weren’t ready to play at all,” Lohaus said. “We didn’t follow our game plan, and that’s what you get.”

The incredible streak is over (“It’s really amazing when you think about it,” Haber said, marveling at the Trojans’ long run, “they’re a great, great team”), and West already has turned the page to today’s challenging non-conference interstate game against Sun Prairie (Wis.) in Wisconsin Dells.

“We’re interested in our end goal: winning that final game of the season,” Lohaus said.

And Senior expects to see West again.

“I told ‘Bergy’ as I shook his hand after the game, ‘We’ll see you again at state,’ ” Eimers said.

WEST HIGH (47) – David DiLeo 0-4 0-0 0, Chike Ukah 1-5 0-2 2, Connor McCaffery 0-6 2-2 2, Garrett Grimsman 0-1 0-0 0, Wyatt Lohaus 13-22 2-3 32, Adam Klein 1-1 2-2 4, Nick Gallagher 0-2 0-0 0, Tanner Lohaus 0-0 3-4 3, Devontae Lane 1-1 0-0 2, Wali Parks 0-1 0-0 0, Marquise Yarbrough 0-0 1-2 1, Nicholas Spiess 0-0 1-2 1, Alex Henderson 0-2 0-0 0, Harley Shear 0-0 0-0 0, Malik Williams 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 11-17 47.

DUBUQUE SENIOR (68) – Luke McDonnell 3-10 3-5 9, Seth Bonifas 4-9 3-3 11, Lucas LeGrand 5-10 0-2 11, Kyle Haber 11-16 7-8 29, Sam Noel 0-0 0-0 0, Parker Hammel 1-1 0-0 2, Jayden Davis 2-6 0-0 4, Keaton Hermsen 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Donner 1-2 0-0 2, Cody Kieffer 0-1 0-0 0, Eric Holdridge 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Psihoyos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 13-18 68.

West High 6 9 16 16 47
Dubuque Senior 17 14 18 19 68

Halftime – Senior 31, West 15. 3-point goals – West 4-17 (DiLeo 0-2, McCaffery 0-4, Grimsman 0-1, W. Lohaus 4-6, Gallagher 0-1, Henderson 0-2, Williams 0-1), Senior 1-4 (McDonnell 0-1, LeGrand 1-2, Haber 0-1). Rebounds – West 24 (DiLeo 4), Senior 35 (McDonnell 11). Total fouls – West 17, Senior 17. Fouled out – None. Turnovers – West 8, Senior 8.

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