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Posted January 5, 2013
Western Dubuque proving it can play with the big boys

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CEDAR RAPIDS — How do they fit?

Pretty well judging by their 63-39 win over Cedar Rapids Washington last night. Even though they’ve jumped up to Class 4A this season, these Western Dubuque Bobcats are good enough to be 8-0 and ranked fifth.

They reside in the 2A-3A Wamac Conference, and this was their first game against a 4A opponent, but that still looks like a legit fifth.

“It’s definitely nice to see our rating that high right now,” said WD’s T.J. Lake. “We haven’t played many 4A teams, but I think we’re doing a good job. We’ve just got to keep playing every night, keep improving ourselves.”

Western Dubuque lost the 3A title game to Mount Pleasant in double-overtime last season but hasn’t taken a serious hit because of guys like Lake. The all-state guard and D-II Minnesota State signee jitterbugged his way to 18 points, two less than Brendan McCoy for high team honors.

Throw Nick Webber and sophomore Spencer Haldeman in there, and you’ve got a starting lineup that’s not big but can handle the ball and shoot it. WD was 10 of 20 from 3-point range.

“We haven’t let (moving up) bother us because we really haven’t thought much about it,” said WD Coach Dennis Geraghty. “I put 4A schools on the schedule in the non-conference, and I told my guys I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t think we could play with them.”

“They put four guys on the floor who can shoot it at all times,” said Wash Coach Adam Sanchez. “Shooting the basketball can translate at any level, no matter if it’s 4A or 1A. They’ve got good, tough players that know how to play together.”

Though it dropped to 1-7, there’s no question this is an improved Washington team. Offense continues to be a question mark considering Jason Oney was the team’s scoring leader at just 5.7 points.

And he didn’t play because of a back injury. David Rosenthal led the Warriors with 10 points.

“Two quarters we’ll play pretty well. (Friday) night against Xavier, it was three good quarters,” Sanchez said. “It’s just finding a way when we’re not playing that well to get a stop (defensively). And then who is going to be our guy to make a basket? We’re struggling with that, and that’s what we’re trying to find right now.”

Here is the game boxscore:

AT C.R. WASHINGTON

WESTERN DUBUQUE (63): Nick Webber 3-12 2-2 8, Brendan McCoy 7-12 2-3 20, Tyler McGovern 0-5 4-6 4, T.J. Lake 5-12 4-7 18, Spencer Haldeman 3-6 0-0 8, Tyler Samson 2-3 0-0 4, Dylan Kramer 0-1 0-1 0, Riley Pfeiler 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan Baumhover 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 20-51 13-21 63.

C.R. WASHINGTON (39): Heath Clark 0-4 0-0 0, Nehemiah Newman 3-10 0-0 8, David Rosenthal 5-6 0-0 10, Austin Bergstrom 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Butterfield 2-6 3-4 7, Peter Holmes 1-2 1-2 3, Razadon Taylor 1-4 0-0 2, Montaves Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, C.J. Nelson 1-1 1-2 3, Reid Snitker 2-2 0-2 4, Julian Good-Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Severson 0-1 0-0 0, Brad Harriott 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Soenksen 0-0 0-0 0, Max Claassen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-39 5-10 39.

Halftime - Western Dubuque 31, C.R. Washington 20. 3-point goals - Western Dubuque 10-20 (Webber 0-1, McCoy 4-9, Lake 3-7, Haldeman 2-3), C.R. Washington 2-18 (Clark 0-4, Newman 1-9, Butterfield 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Severson 0-1, Claassen 0-1). Rebounds - Western Dubuque 27 (Webber 7), C.R. Washington 32 (Taylor 5). Total fouls – Western Dubuque 11, C.R. Washington 19. Fouled out - None. Turnovers – Western Dubuque 9, C.R. Washington 23.

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