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Posted January 17, 2012
Davenport Central proves it belongs, slugs Jefferson, 67-48

CEDAR RAPIDS — They were Class 4A’s infamous No. 11 this week in the Associated Press basketball poll.

Of course, there is no such thing as being ranked 11th in a top 10 list. Technically, the Davenport Central Blue Devils had the most sports writer votes of any team not to be ranked in the state’s largest class.

Though you’d have to guess they’ll get there next week, and deservedly so.

“If you watched us tonight, I guess you’d have to say, yeah,” said Central Coach Craig Wurdinger, after his team dismantled No. 9 Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 67-48, at the J-Hawk gym. “Now it’s about the consistency.”

Central (9-2) hit on every single cylinder in a 44-point second half that rallied it from three points down at the break. The Blue Devils made a stunning 15 of 18 field-goal attempts (83 percent) and added 11 of 13 free throws for good measure.

They committed just five turnovers and 11 fouls. This was a terrific display of basketball.

“I think a lot of it was us wanting to prove something to the state that we should be up there,” Central point guard Demetrius Butler said. “They were No. 9, but we thought we were better than they were. So we came out and really wanted it. Everybody wanted to win, and that brought our energy up a lot.”

Butler and 6-foot-7 center Zach Burnham were an unstoppable inside-outside combo.

Butler had a game-high 20 points, consistently slashing to the lane in a spread offense and hitting shots or dishing to teammates. A Coppin State signee, the springy left-handed Burnham had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, taking advantage of undersized Jefferson (9-3).

“Our strategy was working, but we got away from it,” said Jefferson Coach Stu Ordman. “Our shot selection was terrible, and our help defense was terrible. We’re a team that doesn’t have a large margin of error.”

Leading scorer Taylor Olson was just that again for Jeff, scoring 18 points, but was only 7 of 19 from the field. The J-Hawks shot 35 percent.

“I just want to see our guys play really hard and get good shot selection,” Ordman said. “Then whatever happens, happens.”

Here is the game boxscore:

AT C.R. JEFFERSON

DAVENPORT CENTRAL (67): Tyvis Smith 4-7 0-0 8, Zach Burnham 7-13 3-5 17, Tyler Case 4-4 0-0 9, Griffin Corbin 1-4 1-2 4, Demetrius Butler 6-11 7-8 20, Zach Smith 1-3 2-2 5, Jacob Light 0-2 1-2 1, Nick Gowey 0-0 0-0 0, Demarcus Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Alonzo Warren 1-1 0-0 3, Miles Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-43 14-19 67.

C.R. JEFFERSON (48): Alec Saunders 4-6 3-4 13, Ky Kramer 2-8 0-0 6, Tyler Hemphill 1-4 0-0 3, Creighton Robinson 1-6 0-0 2, Taylor Olson 7-19 4-4 18, Justin Underwood 3-6 0-0 6, Layne Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0. Austin Goodell 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Mueller 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Knox 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 7-8 48.

Halftime - Jefferson 26, Central 23. 3-point goals - Central 5-10 (T. Smith 0-1, Case 1-1, Corbin 1-2, Butler 1-3, Z. Smith 1-2, Warren 1-1), Jefferson 5-18 (Saunders 2-4, Kramer 2-4, Hemphill 1-2, Robinson 0-3, Olson 0-4, Mueller 0-1). Rebounds - Central 29 (Burnham 12), Jefferson 26 (Kramer 6). Total fouls - Central 11, Jefferson 15. Fouled out - None. Turnovers - Central 5, Jefferson 8.

 

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