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December 7, 2013

Boys basketball: Unity improves to 4-0

FULTON, Ill. — With four players in double figures, Unity Christian blew away Tri-State Christian 71-29 on Friday, improving to 4-0. It was a good way to end an early stepping stone for Knights coach Jack Roemer. Slated next for Unity are several stronger tests against public school opponents, starting today at the Eastland Shootout.

“Tonight, we just completely overpowered them,” Roemer said. “We have kids that can score, and our team is not that easy to defend. I thought we played good defense overall. We played as well as we could play in the situation we’re in.”

Starting today, “It’ll be our first test to really see how good we are.”

Nolan Willoughby finished with 16 points to lead the Knights, edging teammates Colby Dykstra and Eric Medenblik, each with 15. Shawn Hintz finished with 10. Unity leapt to a 27-5 lead in the first quarter and cruised to victory.

Now, the undefeated Knights turn to Annawan at the Cougar Shootout.

“I think it’ll be a good game. I know our kids will play hard and we’ll be in the game,” Roemer said.

River Hawks roll

PRESTON — Easton Valley spread the scoring among 13 players, four of them reaching double digits, in an 86-17 season-opening win against Cedar Valley Christian on Friday in the Tri-Rivers Conference boys basketball.

Chase Zaruba led the way with 18 points, all in the first half, while Logan Wilhelm and Craiton Andresen added 11 each, and Jarod Lee scored 10. None of them played in the second half.

The River Hawks raced to a 22-2 lead in the first quarter and increased the edge to 31-2 in the first minute of the second quarter.

Sabers win in OT

DEWITT — Central DeWitt capped a furious fourth-quarter comeback with a successful overtime, improving to 2-0 with a 54-52 win against visiting Benton Community.

The Sabers entered the fourth quarter trailing 39-32 but outscored the Bobcats 16-9 to force the extra session.

Lucas Daniels was the lone Saber to finish in double digits, scoring 10 points.

Thunder falls

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. — East Dubuque raced to a 21-4 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back as it defeated West Carroll 63-40 on Friday in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference boys action.

Alec Schulting poured in nine points in the opening frame to lead the Warriors’ fast start. Alex Lange, who drained three 3-pointers in an 11-point second quarter, led East Dubuque with 17 points. Schulting and Justin Schneider added 15 each.

Devon Hartley scored 18 — all on 3-point baskets — to lead West Carroll.

UNITY CHRISTIAN 71, TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN 29

TRI-STATE — Stuart 3 1-1 7, Iywei 0 0-0 0, Fernandez 0 0-0 0, Fairley 7 0-1 18, Knuth 1 0-0 2, Francois 1 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 1-2 29.

UNITY — Nolan Willoughby 8 0-0 16, Shawn Hintz 5 0-0 10, Colby Dykstra 7 0-1 15, Eric Medenblik 7 0-2 15, Sean Hansen 4 0-0 8, Brady Wilson 3 0-0 6, Alex Hoppe 1 0-0 2, Matt Shinkle 0 0-2 0. Totals 33-2-0-5 71.

3-point goals — Tri-State 4 (Fairley 4); Unity 2 (Dykstra, Medenblik).

EASTON VALLEY 86, CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN 17

CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN (0-3) — Jackson Fields 0 0-0 0, Kenan Ulmer 1 0-2 2, Kelvin Ridder 3 1-4 7, Tyler Gienski 0 0-0 0, Tom Scroggs 0 1-3 1, Jared Boelter 0 0-1 0, Travis Geels 1 0-0 3, Donny Vo 0 0-0 0, Mike Scroggs 1 0-0 2, Michael Johnson 1 0-1 2. Totals 7 2-11 17.

EASTON VALLEY (1-0) — Chase Zaruba 8 1-1 18, Cam Larson 1 0-0 3, Blake Bormann 2 0-0 4, Craiton Andresen 5 0-0 11, Jarod Lee 3 3-3 10, Zach Peiffer 3 0-0 8, Austin Jensen 0 0-0 0, Brian Willey 0 0-0 0, Logan Wilhelms 5 1-5 11, Blaine Volquardsen 1 0-0 2, Sean Lange 1 0-0 3, Dante Escobedo 1 0-0 2, Colin Marburger 2 1-2 5, Vaughn Bean 2 2-2 7, Brett Earles 1 0-0 2. Totals 35 8-13 86.

CVC     2     4     6     5     —     17

Easton Valley     22     35     13     16     —     86

3-point goals — Cedar Valley Christian 1 (Geels); Easton Valley 8 (Peiffer 2, Zaruba, Larson, Andresen, Lee, Lange, Bean). Total fouls — Cedar Valley Christian 12, Easton Valley 18. Fouled out — None.

CENTRAL DEWITT 54, BENTON COMMUNITY 52

BENTON COMMUNITY — Nate Woeste 5 0-0 12, Cam Touro 0 0-0 0, Owen Hopkins 5 7-8 18, Ben Twedt 3 0-0 7, TJ Morris 3 0-0 7, Tucker Schroeder 3 1-2 7, Tristan Ingalls 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 9-12 52.

CENTRAL DEWITT (2-0) — McClain Steffens 1 6-8 8, Trevor Green 3 0-0 9, Kyle Bauer 2 2-2 6, Logan Sheppard 0 0-0 0, James Grell 1 0-0 3, Ryan Burke 2 0-0 5, Christian Wright 2 5-6 9, Jordan Cornelius 2 0-0 4, Lucas Daniels 2 6-9 10. Totals 15 19-25 54.

Benton Comm.     8     16     15     9     4     —     52

Central DeWitt     9     16     7     16     6     —     54

3-point goals — Benton Community 5 (Woeste 2, Hopkins, Twedt, Morris); Central DeWitt 5 (Green 3, Grell, Burke). Total fouls — Benton Community 23, Central DeWitt 15. Fouled out — Schroeder.

EAST DUBUQUE 63, WEST CARROLL 40

WEST CARROLL — Dyson 0 0-0 0, Drabner 0 0-0 0, Caleb Brashaw 0 3-4 3, Telewicz 0 1-2 1, Bracero 2 0-0 4, Hartman 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Sturtevant 1 0-0 2, Cody Brashaw 0 0-0 0, Jones 4 4-7 12, Bumphrey 0 0-0 0, Hartley 6 0-0 18, Gegenbach 0 0-0 0, Watson 0 0-0 0, Bamagan 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-13 40.

EAST DUBUQUE — Duster 0 0-0 0, Glennon 0 2-2 2, D. Lange 2 0-2 5, Schulting 6 3-4 15, Place 1 0-1 2, Harold 0 0-0 0, A. Lange 5 4-4 17, Hilby 2 0-0 5, Tranel 0 0-0 0, Nels 0 0-0 0, Schneider 6 3-8 15, Theal 0 2-4 2. Totals 22 14-25 63.

West Carroll     4     12     14     10     —     40

East Dubuque     21     23     5     14     —     63

3-point goals — West Carroll 6 (Hartley 6); East Dubuque 5 (A. Lange 3, D. Lang, Hilby). Total fouls — West Carroll 23, East Dubuque 17. Fouled out — None.

 

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