IOWA CITY - When you’re the top-ranked team in the state, you get everyone’s best shot and everyone’s most inventive game plan. Just ask Iowa City West.
Class 4A’s No. 1 boys’ basketball team saw Cedar Rapids Prairie pull out the old triangle-and-two defense Monday night in West’s 69-47 victory. Guard Dondre Alexander and swingman Jeremy Morgan were played man-to-man, with the three other Prairie defenders playing a zone defense in a triangular pattern in and around the lane.
“They had a week off, and we kind of said ‘Well, they’re going to do something,’” West Coach Steve Bergman said. “We’re trying to yell instructions (from the bench), and I think our kids got a little panicky at first, instead of just listening and calming down and playing. They did it, and I’m glad they did it because this gives us a chance to learn.”
Alexander scored 15 points for West (14-0) in a balanced offensive attack that produced a sizzling a 57.8 shooting percentage from the field. Morgan added 14 points, Lohaus 13 and forward Jacob Gylten 12 for the Trojans, who extended a slim two-point first-quarter lead into a 29-20 edge at halftime.
West eased ahead by 13 after three quarters.
“We weren’t executing our offense at first or getting stops (defensively) or rebounding,” Lohaus said. “That helps us get out on the break, which we like to do.”
Jacob Aune was definitely Prairie’s top player, aggressively driving to the hoop in a 17-point outing. DeMetrius Harper added 10 points for the Hawks.