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Posted January 22, 2013
Great first half propels West past Kennedy

IOWA CITY — These teams played a one-point game in their lone meeting last season. Let’s just say this wasn’t a one-point game.

More a clinic than anything else.

“What they’re doing, and what they weren’t doing earlier this year or last year, was getting a lead and pretty much keeping that intensity,” said Iowa City West Coach Steve Bergman after his team’s 77-44 stroll past Cedar Rapids Kennedy Tuesday night. “That’s a Kennedy team that’s been playing pretty well. Our defense, after the first couple of minutes, was just really, really good. When we play defense, try to take things away, that’s hard on people.”

The Trojans have been hard on a lot of people these last two seasons, winning their 40th consecutive game with a huge first half. West (14-0) rolled to a 23-7 lead after a quarter and 39-15 at halftime by doing just about everything well.

Offense? Check, shooting 58 percent. Defense? Yep, forcing 14 first-half Kennedy turnovers. Clean floor game? As clean as you can get with zero TOs. Ball movement? That’s what led to the 58-percent shooting.

“Not perfect, but that is what we try for,” said Wyatt Lohaus, who missed one shot in a 17-point night. “We played a really good first half. We were sharing the ball well, I thought our defense for 12 of the 16 minutes was as good as it gets. That led to us running in transition and getting easy shots.”

There were two indelible first-half moments.

The first came when Dondre Alexander penetrated the lane and threw a behind-the-head pass to Myzeah Batie-Gaddy for a dunk. The second was when Alexander forced a turnover at midcourt, dribbled down and threw a behind-the-back transition pass to Lohaus for a layup.

Batie-Gaddy finished with a game-high 18 points. To show you how good this team is, Division I recruits Alexander and Jeremy Morgan finished with six apiece, and West still won by 33.

Alexander had to have had at least a half-dozen assists, though.

“I always judge how we’re playing by how many assists we had,” Bergman said. “Lately it’s been 19, 20, 22. Tonight it was 19, and we missed, what, like six layups?”

Kennedy (9-4) had no one score in double figures and finished with 25 turnovers. A forgettable night all around.

“We’ll see what we’re made of,” said Coach Bob Fontana. “Are we going to learn from it moving forward? Or are we going to dwell on it and pack it in the rest of the season?”

Here is the game boxscore:

AT IOWA CITY

C.R. KENNEDY (44): Johnathon Koelling 2-5 0-0 4, Austin Holzer 1-1 0-0 2, Patrick Martin 2-6 1-2 5, Blake Murdock 3-7 2-2 9, A.J. Carter 2-8 0-0 5, John Bardsley 2-2 0-0 3, Drew Heitland 1-2 0-0 2, Brandon Buck 1-2 0-0 3, Ben Struss 3-3 3-4 9, Andrew Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Draven Fuller 0-0 1-2 1, Seth Gilmore 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Murdock 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-38 7-10 44.

IOWA CITY WEST (77): Jeremy Morgan 3-6 0-0 6, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy 8-12 1-2 18, Austin Swank 1-5 0-0 2, Wyatt Lohaus 7-8 2-2 17, Dondre Alexander 2-7 2-2 6, Jason Stewart 1-1 1-2 3, David DiLeo 2-4 2-2 7, Chike Ukah 3-4 0-0 6, Mark Lowe 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Fleming 2-2 0-0 5, Garrett Grimsman 0-3 0-0 0, Melvin Chatmon 0-0 0-0 0, Nicholas Spiess 0-0 0-0 0, Harley Shear 1-2 0-1 2, Marquise Yarbrough 2-2 1-1 5, Chad Rubin 0-0 0-0 0, Cutler Simpson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-57 9-12 77.

Halftime — West 39, Kennedy 15. 3-point goals — Kennedy 3-12 (B. Murdock 1-4, Carter 1-4, Buck 1-2, C. Murdock 0-2), West 4-10 (Batie-Gaddy 1-1, Swank 0-1, Lohaus 1-1, Alexander 0-3, DiLeo 1-3, Fleming 1-1). Rebounds — Kennedy 27 (Koelling, Carter, Struss 4), Werst 22 (Alexander 4). Total fouls — Kennedy 10, West 11. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Kennedy 25, West 6.

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