The Ankeny Centennial boys’ basketball team celebrated its Senior Night with a 67-39 victory over visiting Des Moines Roosevelt on Feb. 10.
The sixth-ranked Jaguars jumped out to a 17-2 lead and cruised to the win, raising their record to 17-2. Roosevelt (10-8) lost for only the second time in its last eight games.
“It was nice to get off to a good start against a very athletic Roosevelt team,” said Centennial coach Bob Fontana. “They give you a little bit of everything with their athleticism, their depth and their length, but to our kids’ credit they came out and played well.”
Centennial dominated the first quarter, building a 14-2 lead on a 3-point goal by Carter Burns in the final seconds of the period. Connor Kasperbauer then opened the second quarter with another 3-pointer.
The Jaguars held a 30-19 lead at halftime, then used a strong third quarter to build a 50-28 advantage.
“This is the time of year you want to be playing your best basketball, and hopefully we are,” Fontana said. “I think we learned a lot from the loss at Ames (on Feb. 3). I think it got our attention if we didn’t already have everybody’s attention.”
Burns finished with 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.
“Carter knocked down some shots, he rebounded for us, and I thought he was a factor at both ends of the floor,” Fontana said.
Schon contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. He had back-to-back dunks in the second quarter.
Jordan Brunkow chipped in 11 points. Byron Harp added four assists.
Jordan Johnson led the Roughriders with 13 points.
Centennial 51, Iowa City High 40
The visiting Jaguars out-rebounded Iowa City High, 37-14, en route to a non-conference victory on Feb. 7.
Burns had 18 points and seven rebounds in the win. Schon added seven points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
“We had some tired bodies after the game against Waukee the night before,” Fontana said. “That was a little bit of a concern, but the guys toughed it out.”
City High made 4-of-6 3-pointers in the first quarter, but still trailed by a 15-13 margin. The Jaguars extended their lead to 26-19 at halftime as Burns scored the final five points of the half.
“City High played zone most of the way,” Fontana said. “They were really trying to take away the inside, and Carter hit some shots against their zone. He got some good looks, especially at the high post area and the top of the key. He was able to find the open gaps in the zone.”
Burns then scored four points in a 6-0 run in the third quarter that increased Centennial’s lead to 32-20.
“Those guys that we were playing are men,” City High coach Don Showalter told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “They are seniors and they have been through the wars and I think it was a great eye-opener for our kids.”
Brunkow finished with eight points and six rebounds. Harp had eight points and four assists.
Henry Mulligan scored 12 points to lead City High (7-11), which suffered its fourth straight loss.
“We stayed pretty vanilla,” Fontana said. “We only ran a couple of specials when we needed to. It was just a very physical game, and that had something to do with the flow of the game.”