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Posted January 25, 2013
Linn-Mar back to .500 with convincing win over Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS — Finally back to even.

“It’s been awhile,” said Linn-Mar coach Chris Robertson after his Lions brushed off Cedar Rapids Washington, 58-37, Friday night.

Since the second game of the season, believe it or not. This hasn’t been the smoothest ride for a program that is as good as it gets in the state of Iowa.

Linn-Mar has advanced to the state tournament semifinals an unreal nine consecutive times. Without North Carolina freshman point guard Marcus Paige around to guide the ship, it figured to be an interesting season, though few could have predicted a 2-6 record at one point.

The Lions have won five of six to get back to 7-7 overall. Back to being dangerous again.

“We’re getting better, that’s the nice thing,” said Robertson, whose club has lost four games by three points or less. “And we still can get better. That’s exciting. I really like our group. When we’re tuned in and mentally prepared, we can do some things. Tonight we weren’t always locked in mentally, and that was disappointing.”

Robertson absolutely layed into his team during an early third-quarter timeout about its lack of focus. You could hear every word he yelled in what was a quiet Washington gym at the time.

This was just a 21-19 game at halftime, with Linn-Mar slapping on a full-court press defense that increased tempo, created numerous Washington turnovers and eventually a blowout.

“We speeded them up off that press,” said freshman point guard Jordan Bohannon, who splashed three big 3s in the third quarter en route to a game-high 16 points. “Once we speeded them up, they starting turning it over, and we capitalized on those turnovers.”

“It’s unfortunate because we’ve done a good job (against) it most of the season,” said Washington coach Adam Sanchez. “They didn’t really do anything tremendously different. I just think we kind of got panicked, tried to get the ball out of our hands too quickly. I told our guys the snowball started rolling downhill, and we didn’t stop it.”

Jimmy Roth added 11 points and Jon Schlotterback 10 for Linn-Mar, which gets a shot against unbeaten fourth-ranked Western Dubuque Saturday afternoon at Loras College. Peter Holmes had 10 points for Wash (1-14), which had as many turnovers (14) as rebounds.

Washington has lost two overtime games this season and two others by five points or less.

Here is the game boxscore:

AT C.R. WASHINGTON

LINN-MAR (58): Jimmy Roth 3-9 5-6 11, Derik Gogg 3-3 0-0 6, Jon Schlotterback 3-3 4-4 10, Matt Lassen 1-6 0-0 2, Jordan Bohannon 5-7 2-2 16, Matt Meier 1-2 3-3 5, Nic Uhlir 0-2 3-4 3, Nate Dick 1-2 0-0 2, Lane Halupnik 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Schmidt 0-0 2-2 2, Zach Martins 0-0 1-2 1, Ben Larson 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Strellner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-34 20-23 58.

C.R. WASHINGTON (37): Peter Holmes 3-6 4-5 10, David Rosenthal 3-7 0-0 6, Jason Oney 0-4 0-2 0, Austin Bergstrom 2-4 0-0 4, Brock Butterfield 1-6 2-2 4, Razadon Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Heath Clark 1-2 0-0 2, Montaves Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, C.J. Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Steven Kramer 2-2 2-3 7, Reid Snitker 0-1 2-2 2, Julian Good-Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Severson 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Soenksen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-35 10-14 37.

Halftime - Linn-Mar 21, Washington 19. 3-point goals - Linn-Mar 4-10 (Roth 0-2, Lassen 0-1, Bohannon 4-5, Meier 0-1, Uhlir 0-1), Washington 1-11 (Oney 0-3, Bergstrom 0-2, Butterfield 0-2, Clark 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Kramer 1-1). Rebounds – Linn-Mar 25 (Roth 9), Washington 14 (Holmes 3). Total fouls - Linn-Mar 16, Washington 18. Fouled out - None. Turnovers – Linn-Mar 10, Washington 14.

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