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Posted February 18, 2013
Eilers guides Prairie to win from beyond the arc

CEDAR RAPIDS – Tom Eilers is most comfortable from behind the 3-point line. On the season the Cedar Rapids Prairie senior attempted 98 3-pointers, 32 more than any of his teammates. He cashed in on 38 of those attempts, 15 more than any teammate. If that wasn’t enough his Twitter handle is dedicated to his game: @TEfor3

“I like the 3-ball,” Eilers said. “It’s not strange to anyone.”

Monday night, the public address announcer could have saved some time substituting Eilers’ name for his Twitter handle. Eilers drained five 3s to spark the Prairie offense to a 68-39 win over Iowa City High in a Class 4A substate.

With the win the Hawks advance to play at Iowa City West on Friday.

Eilers wasted no time making his presence felt on the court. He buried his first 3-pointer 3:14 into the first quarter. Less than three minutes later, Eilers boasted a 3 for 3 line from deep. His third of the quarter put Prairie up 15-6.

“Everyone knows he’s a good shooter, we just didn’t recognize him,” Iowa City High head coach Don Showalter said. “He was a step or two beyond the 3-point line. So when you think you have him covered at the 3-point line, he steps back and still drains them. And that obviously got them going.”

Michael Mims, who made 11 3s entering Monday’s game, joined in the 3-point barrage making his first two early in the second quarter. At that point Prairie was 5 of 8 from deep. Eilers drilled his fourth of the first half with a minute left in the second. It put the Hawks up 13, the smallest their cushion would be the rest of the night.

The Hawks put the Little Hawks away in the third. Prairie opened the second half on a 12-1 run and overall outscored City High 19-6 in the third.

“It was just something about this week where we just got dialed in,” Prairie head coach James Moses said. “We understood that it’s a new season.”

Eilers led all scorers with 15 points, on 5 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc. He also pulled down seven boards, which was also a game-high.Overall Prairie converted 9 of its 20 attempts from deep, including 9 of its first 17.

DeMetrius Harper closed the game strong scoring 10 of his 12 in the second half, all from inside the arc. For City High, Lonnie Chester finished with team to lead the City Hawks.

But it was the 3-ball that got Prairie jump-started.

“The motto is live by the 3, die by the 3,” Eilers said. “I’d rather live.”

CEDAR RAPISD PRAIRIE 68, IOWA CITY HIGH 39

At Prairie

City High  15 6-10 39: Mohaem Rouabhi 0 0-0 0; Andy Hein 0 0-0 0; Jordan Ingram 0 1-2 1; Hugh Ritter 1 0-0 3; Ladarius Taylor 3 0-0 8; Malin Craig 1 1-2 3; Ja’Marty Hall 0 0-0  0; Lonnie Chester 4 4-6 12; Cameron Spears 2 0-0 4; Gionni Hickman 1 0-0 2; Luke Posivio 0 0-0 0; Tony Perry 2 0-0 4; Ryan Young  0 0-0 0; Quinton Forrester 1 0-0 2.

Prairie 22 15-20 68: Coen Brown 0 2-2 2; Michael Mims 2 1-2 7; Ty Mougin 2 1-2 6; Jalen Rima 0 0-0 0; Dylan Kuchemann 0 0-0 0; DeMetrius Harper 6 0-0 12; Jace Hanna 3 2-2 8; Kentrel Smith 1 8-10 11; Ty Butz 0 0-0 0; Bryce Meeker 3 1-2 7; Andrew Bechtel 0 0-0 0; Austin Fisher 0 0-0 0; Tom Eilers 5 0-0 15; Austin Schrader 0 0-0 0; Vaughn Koch 0 0-0 0.

Halftime: Prairie 33-20. 3-point Field Goals: City High 3-10 (Taylor 2-4) Prairie 9-20 (Eilers 5-8); Rebounds: City High 17 (Chester 5); Prairie 30 (Eilers 7).

 

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