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Posted January 31, 2012
No. 1 Iowa City West leaves no doubt, rips No. 7 Dubuque Senior, 68-48

IOWA CITY — Is there a rank higher than number one? If so, give it to Iowa City West.

“They’re an awfully, awfully good basketball team,” Dubuque Senior Coach Wendell Eimers said after his seventh-ranked club was clubbed by the Trojans, 68-48, Tuesday night. “They took it to us. They were, without a doubt, the No. 1 team in the state tonight. They did a lot of good things on both ends of the floor.”

At least enough to give notoriously hard-to-please Coach Steve Bergman a look of relative contentment following this one.

“He always tries to find the littlest mistakes he can,” joked West’s Jeremy Morgan, who led the way offensively with 22 points.

Iowa City West's Myzeah Batie-Gaddy beats Josh Weeber of Dubuque Senior to a rebound during a game at West High in Iowa City on Tuesday, January 31, 2011. (Cliff Jette/SourceMedia Group)

“I don’t think our guys would act like we played great tonight,” Bergman said. “We had too many turnovers. But I thought the second and third quarters, our defense was very good … Then we had a little stretch there where we could have finished it easily but lost a little focus.”

West (16-0) broke loose from a 12-12 tie after a quarter for 22 second-quarter points and a 34-22 halftime edge. The lead grew to as many as 22 in the second half, with the Trojans getting a little bit of offense from everyone and a lot of defense from everyone.

Senior (14-2) shot just 32 percent from the field and went 0 for 10 from 3-point range. The Rams seemed to have a lot of good inside looks but couldn’t finish, thanks to West’s athleticism and length.

“We knew this team was going to be good,” said West’s Dondre Alexander, who added 15 points before fouling out. “I think when we play against good teams, that just motivates us to up our game to the next level. It pushes us to win these games.”

“Big games are always a lot more fun to play in,” Morgan said. “I thought we just came out ready to play.”

Josh Weeber led Senior with 13 points, though he was limited to two in the second half. Six-foot-nine sophomore Seth Bonifas, who has been offered by Iowa, had eight points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 free throws. He averages just five points a game.

The other one of West’s big three, Wyatt Lohaus, added 12 points. Peculiarly, he left the game three times in the first half (once with officials stopping play for him), went to the end of the Trojans bench and stuck his face in a large container of ice water provided by the team trainer.

Bergman would not say why. The Mayo Clinic’s website said dunking your face in ice water (also known as a Vagal maneuver) can be a treatment for a fast heartbeat.

“I can’t tell you. I’m not going to say anything,” Bergman said. “It’s a frustrating situation for him. I think talking about it for him ain’t going to make it better. ”

Here is the game boxscore:

AT IOWA CITY

DUBUQUE SENIOR (48): Kyle Haber 3-9 5-5 11, Connor Grant 1-6 4-4 6, Seth Bonifas 2-5 4-4 8, Josh Weeber 5-12 3-4 13, Domen Zevnik 2-8 2-2 6, Mitch Duve 1-3 0-0 2, Kyle Holdridge 0-2 0-0 0, Drew Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Parker Hammel 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Legrand 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 18-19 48.

IOWA CITY WEST (68): Jeremy Morgan 7-10 6-6 22, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy 2-4 0-1 4, Jacob Gylten 2-4 0-1 5, Wyatt Lohaus 5-8 0-0 12, Dondre Alexander 4-9 7-7 15, Austin Swank 3-6 2-2 9, Jason Stewart 0-4 0-0 0, Richard Bryant 0-0 1-2 1, Tavian Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Lowe 0-1 0-0 0, Reid Bonner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 16-19 68.

Halftime — West 34, Senior 22. 3-point goals — Senior 0-10 (Huber 0-2, Grant 0-1, Weeber 0-3, Zevnik 0-3, Holdridge 0-1), West 6-12 (Morgan 2-4, Gylten 1-1, Lohaus 2-2, Alexander 0-2, Swank 1-2, Stewart 0-1). Rebounds — Senior 27 (Weeber 9), West 27 (Batie-Gaddy 8). Total fouls — Senior 15, West 19. Fouled out — Alexander. Turnovers — Senior 20, West 16.

 

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