CAMANCHE — The Camanche Indians dominated play and got redemption, beating the Northeast Rebels 71-47 on their home court Tuesday night.
Camanche was looking for revenge: Northeast won the first matchup 68-59 earlier this season.
Both boys teams were coming off of very different results this weekend after playing in the Eric Ottens Memorial Shootout in Fulton, Ill. Northeast saw a significant lead slip away late in the fourth to lose to Rock Island Alleman. That was the first time they have lost two in a row all season. Camanche won a back and forth battle over Fulton to win their second straight.
Northeast’s Braeden Hoyer put in the first points of the game, but Dev Patel found an offensive outback on the next possession. Patel then made a move in the middle of the lane for two, and Cam Soenksen bounced in a three to give Camanche the 7-2 advantage.
Luke Empen — Northeast’s leading scorer — beat the defense down and easily tossed one into the rim and the Hoyer found the bucket. The Indians’ lead was down to 7-6,
Patel responded by draining two from beyond the arc on consecutive possessions. With 3:50 left to play in the first quarter, Patel had already accumulated 10 points.
Empen got a basket and one for a three-point play to cut the lead to 13-9, but Soenksen made his own move in the middle to extended it again. Hoyer made a statement on the Rebels’ end with a dunk, sending the packed gymnasium into a frenzy.
Another three-point play from Empen and Camanche only led Northeast 15-14 going into the second quarter.
By halftime they had just extended their lead to five, and it stayed that way for a while. Leading 38-33, Soenksen grabbed a steal and a layup, drawing the foul in the process. After sinking the free throw, Camanche had the 41-33 lead.
It went to double digits on the next play when Soenksen drained a three.
Empen picked up his fourth foul on the next play with three minutes left in the third, sending him to the pines. The Rebels would play the rest of the third without their leading scorer and leading rebounder.
Calebl Delzell took his chance to drain a 3-point basket after that to extend it to a 47-33 game. Northeast had gone over five minutes without scoring.
Collin Swanton drew a foul for the Rebels to put up two more points, but then Jaxon White hit a three with 30 seconds left, and Delzell hit his fourth of the night to end the third quarter with Camanche leading 53-35.
The Indians were able to ride out their lead from there.
Cam Soenksen led the Indians with 20 points, followed by Delzell with 16 and Patel with 12.
Braeden Hoyer was the leader for the Rebels with 13 while Empen put up 12. Swanton added another eight to the mix.
Camanche improves to 14-5, while Northeast falls to15-4.
The Camanche girls also picked up a win on Senior Night, beating the Rebels 48-25.
Camanche won the first matchup with Northeast earlier this season 55-32.
Madi Parson led all scorers with 11 points and was the only athlete to hit double digits. Sami Puckett had nine, Paige Waltz had eight and Lea Lefebure pitched in seven.
Camanche improves to 15-5, while Northeast falls to 3-17. The Rebels haven’t been in the win column since Dec. 15.