IOWA CITY — While most everyone sees a 7-0 record and 33-game win streak, Steve Bergman sees a need for a lot of improvement. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why Iowa City West is 7-0 and on a 33-game win streak.
“You’re always happy to win, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” the notoriously hard-to-please West Coach said Friday night after his team’s 69-39 romp over Iowa City High at the Trojans gym. “What I see in practice, I don’t see out on the game floor … I don’t know. We’re just going to have to keep plugging away. A lot of people would like to have the problem of being 7-0 and winning by 30. But I see a lot of things we need to improve on.”
Lighten up at least a tad, Bergy. West scored the first seven points of this one, led by 10 after a quarter, by 18 at half and was never seriously threatened.
“Obviously, you have to play almost a perfect game (to beat them),” said first-year City High Coach Don Showalter. “When you have three or four Division I (college) players, obviously they are going to make a difference in the game. They did.”
But it’s guys not named Dondre Alexander, Wyatt Lohaus and Jeremy Morgan that make this West club so good. Senior guard Austin Swank had a game-high 17 points, showing off a little inside game to complement his lethal outside game.
Sophomore swingman David DiLeo and junior center Chike Ukah added eight points each. Alexander (15 points) and Lohaus (10) also had double figures.
“Everybody thinks it’s just our three main guys,” said Lohaus, headed to UNI, as is Morgan. “Swank’s about as good as any other player on any other team. He can really shot it. He’s a good player.”
“We have a lot of weapons, and as an opponent, you’ve got to decide (who to guard),” Bergman said. “I want my team to be unselfish enough to go where it’s going to be a little easier. Some of the higher-scoring guys from last year are drawing a lot of attention. Some of the other guys are really playing well because of that.”
City High (3-4) tried to slow tempo early, employing a delay game offensively. The problem with that strategy was that the Little Hawks couldn’t score any points.
They didn’t hit a field goal in the first quarter and had just 12 points at halftime. Super quick guard Lonnie Chester had 18 points, but no one else had more than seven and only five players scored.
“We missed some shots early,” Showalter said. “If we had gotten some shots to go down early, I think it might have been a closer game.”