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Posted February 5, 2013
West’s Alexander suspended, Trojans win

Iowa City West's Dondre Alexander. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette-KCRG)

IOWA CITY – Number 10 played Tuesday night for Iowa City West, but not THAT number 10.

Reserve guard Ransom Johnson got into the closing seconds of the top-ranked Trojans’ 67-34 blowout of Iowa City High at City High and managed to hoist a shot. The guy who has worn that jersey for the past three years is Dondre Alexander, and it’s unknown if he’ll ever get to wear it again.

The 6-foot-4 wing and Southern Mississippi college signee has been suspended from West’s team for a violation of school policy. It’s the second suspension this season for Alexander, who missed three games after a verbal assault of Davenport Assumption coach Joe Barrer following a last-second Trojans win in the season opener in November.

Alexander is averaging 10 points per game for defending 4A champion West, which is 18-0 and on a 44-game win streak.

“I can be back for the (state tournament) semifinals,” Alexander said, when reached Tuesday afternoon. Other than that, he had no comment on his suspension.

“I really am sorry to everyone on the #squad forreal,” he posted on Twitter.

Alexander’s suspension apparently is for one-third of the regular season, or seven games. He will apparently miss West’s final four regular-season games, its two substate games and a state tournament quarterfinal, if the Trojans get that far in the postseason.

“You know me, I’m going to talk about the guys who are out here playing,” said West coach Steve Bergman. “He broke a school rule, and he’s not eligible … He’s suspended indefinitely. It’s a fairly new thing. It’s something we’ll work through.”

They worked througb it really, really well against City High (7-12). The Trojans shot 57 percent from the field in a game that had a running clock from midway through the fourth quarter because of the state’s 35-point mercy rule.

Northern Iowa recruits Jeremy Morgan and Wyatt Lohaus had big games of 19 and 13 points, respectively. The 6-foot-6 Morgan has really turned up his offense the past three weeks, with 17, 17 and 20 points in his last three games – all West routs.

“They’ve really been playing well, those two, and they just kept it up tonight,” Bergman said. “There aren’t a whole lot better players around. They’re good players. They play both ends of the floor, and do a good job.”

“I’m just taking more opportunities. The ones that just come to me in the offense,” Morgan said. “Just trying to keep everything going.”

Morgan was asked how Alexander’s absence will affect West.

“I still think we’re the same team we always were,” he said. “We’re going to come out and play defense, hit the open person (offensively) and get out and run. We’re going to miss him, but hopefully he’s back soon.”

Austin Swank added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds for West. Cameron Spears and Malin Craig led City High with eight points each.

City High coach Don Showalter was honored in a pregame ceremony for being named a co-recipient of USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year. It also was announced Showalter will return for a fourth consecutive term this summer as head coach of USA Basketball’s Men’s Developmental National Team, leading a United States team in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships and its U17 team, if it qualifies, for the 2014 world championships.

Here is the game boxscore:

AT IOWA CITY HIGH

IOWA CITY WEST (67): Myzeah Batie-Gaddy 3-7 0-2 6, Chike Ukah 2-2 0-0 4, Jeremy Morgan 8-11 0-0 19, Austin Swank 6-9 0-0 14, Wyatt Lohaus 4-8 4-4 13, David DiLeo 1-5 0-0 3, Mark Lowe 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Stewart 4-5 0-0 8, Garrett Grimsman 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Fleming 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Gallagher 0-1 0-0 0, Drew Haas 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Withrow 0-0 0-0 0, Harley Shear 0-0 0-0 0, Melvyn Chatmon 0-0 0-0 0, Nicholas Spiess 0-0 0-0 0, Ransom Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-49 4-6 67.

IOWA CITY HIGH (34): Ryan Young 3-6 0-0 6, Malin Craig 3-7 2-2 8, Cameron Spears 3-6 2-2 8, Andy Hein 1-4 0-0 3, Lonnie Chester 1-5 0-0 2, Ja’Marty Hall 1-5 2-2 4, Ladarius Taylor 0-3 0-0 0, Luke Posivio 0-3 0-0 0, Quinton Forrester 0-0 0-0 0, Hugh Ritter 1-1 0-0 3, Mohamed Rouabhi 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Ingram 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-41 6-6 34.

Halftime - West 36, City High 14. 3-point goals - West 7-18 (Morgan 3-5, Swank 2-3, Lohaus 1-2, DiLeo 1-5, Gallagher 0-1), City High 2-11 (Hein 1-3, Chester 0-1, Hall 0-2, Taylor 0-2, Ritter 1-1, Rouabhi 0-1). Rebounds – West 27 (Swank 9), City High 23 (Craig 4). Total fouls - West 11, City High 7. Fouled out - None. Turnovers – West 8, City High 19.

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