Boys Basketball Roundup: Top-Ranked West High Makes A Statement in Win Over No. 2 Senior
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In a big-time game, top-ranked West High sent a big-time message to the rest of the state.
Playing without second leading scorer Devontae Lane, Class 4A No. 1 West High rolled to 78-63 win over second-ranked Dubuque Senior on Friday in a matchup of Mississippi Valley Conference Division leaders in Dubuque.
With Lane sitting out following an ejection in a win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Tuesday, West High got 45 combined points from Connor and Patrick McCaffery while improving to 14-1 and 11-1 in MVC play with its ninth straight win.
Connor McCaffery had a team-high 28 points and Patrick McCaffery added 17 for West High which scored more than 74 points for the seventh time during its nine-game winning streak.
Hakeem Odunsi added nine points and Nate Disterhoft had seven for West High.
Noah Carter had a game-high 33 points for Dubuque Senior (14-3, 9-3) which had a seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
West High (78) – Connor McCaffery 28, Patrick McCaffery 17, Hakeem Odunsi 9, Nate Disterhoft 7, Seybian Sims 6, Evan Flitz 6, Izaya Ono-Fullard 5.
Dubuque Senior (63) – Noah Carter 33, Louis Psihoyos 12, Sam Link 7, Tatum Hallstoos 6, Carter Stevens 3, Nick Timmerman 2.
West Branch Closing In On RVC South Title
West Branch took another step toward its first River Valley Conference title on Friday and it was a big one.
Cooper Kabela scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as West Branch took sole possession of first place in the RVC South with a 60-51 win over West Liberty in West Branch.
The win was the eighth straight for West Branch and improved the Bears to 14-5 on the season and 12-5 in RVC play.
West Branch can clinch the RVC South title with a win over Durant in its conference finale on Tuesday.
Beau Cornwell had 11 points and seven rebounds and Brett Schiele added 10 points as West Branch rallied from an 11-6 first-quarter deficit.
Ben Thompson added eight points and Tanner Lukavsky had six steals, five rebounds and three assists in the win.
West Liberty dropped to 5-14 on the season and 4-12 in RVC play.
West Branch 6 21 16 17 – 60
West Liberty 11 5 18 17 – 51
West Branch (60) – Cooper Kabela 25, Beau Cornwell 11, Brett Schiele 10, Ben Thompson 8, Brady Lukavsky 3, Tanner Lukavsky 2, Ted Bridges 1.
Solon Sweeps Season Series With Maquoketa
Solon stopped a two-game losing skid with an 84-55 win road over Maquoketa on Friday in a WAMAC East Division clash.
Ben Krutzfeldt had six 3-pointers and a team-high 18 points as Solon defeated Maquoketa for the second time in 11 days.
Solon won the first meeting 71-60 in Solon on January 23 but didn’t let Friday’s rematch stay as close.
Jacob Coons had 17 points and Luke Ira added 11 as Solon improved to 11-6 on the season and 8-5 in WAMAC East play.
Maquoketa dropped to 5-13 and 3-10 in WAMAC East play with the loss.
Clippers Can’t Hold On In Loss to Independence
Clear Creek Amana led a one-point halftime lead slip away in a 56-48 loss to Independence on Friday in Tiffin.
The loss was second this season to Independence and the 14th straight for Clear Creek Amana which dropped to 1-16 on the season and 0-13 in WAMAC West Division play.
Tate Thomsen had a game-high 18 points to lead Clear Creek Amana while Tyler Hallett had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Camden Armstrong added nine points for Clear Creek Amana.
Independence improved to 7-10 on the season and 5-8 in WAMAC West play.
Clear Creek Amana 12 13 12 11 – 48
Independence 9 15 17 15 – 56
Regina Falls In Shootout At Camanche
Camanche showed Friday night why they are one of the highest scoring teams in the state.
Dakota Soenksen had 36 points and Cameron Soenksen had 27 to lead Class 2A sixth-ranked Camanche to a 103-73 win over Regina in a River Valley Conference cross-division contest in Camanche.
The Indians entered the game ranked second in 2A and fourth in the state averaging 75 points per game and showed why.
Camanche led 19-18 after one quarter but scored at least 26 points in each of the final three quarters to pull away and improve to 18-2 on the season and 14-2 in RVC play.
Even Brauns had 15 points and six rebounds for Regina which dropped to 11-9 on the season and 10-7 in RVC play.
Masen Miller had 12 points and Jocoa Kerschen had 10 points and five rebounds.
Zach Seaman had nine points and three assists while Jack Jensen had three steals and two assists for Regina.
Camanche 19 26 30 28 – 103
Regina 18 15 13 27 – 73
Regina (73) – Even Brauns 15, Masen Miller 12, Jocoa Kerschen 10, Sam Stein 9, Ryne Schooley 7, Blake Berns 7, Bryce Barnett 6, Jack Jensen 2, Zach Seaman 2, Jake Phillips 2, Jacob Sueppel 1.
Camanche (103) – Dakota Soenksen 36, Cameron Soenksen 27, Dev Patel 14, Tre Austin 7, Dyland Hundley 6, Ethan Schafer 3, Chase Grim 3, Cade Borrison 2, Evan Hall 2, Calvin Ottens 2, David Gonzalez 1.