MILES — Hot 3-point shooting propelled the East Central Raiders to a 66-39 win over the Prince of Peace Irish in a non-conference boys basketball matchup between Big East Conference foes Tuesday night.

East Central drained nine 3-pointers, six in the first half. Kurtis Cornilsen and Devan Henfrey led the Raiders’ long-range barrage, hitting three treys apiece. Travis Jargo tossed in a pair of threes and Jordan Cornilsen had one.

East Central (15-5) jumped out to an early 8-2 lead. Jordan Cornilsen (9 points) drove the lane to put the Raiders on the board first.

His bucket was followed by a pair of field goals from brother Kurtis (game-high 15 points) and a basket from Josh Hitchcock (11 points).

The Irish, who closed out the regular season with a 7-14 record, got a pair of free throws from Luke Roling to get on the board with 5:29 on the clock.

Henfrey (11 points) came off the bench and hit his first 3-pointer before a basket and a pair of free throws from teammate Josh Gendreau (9 points).

Prince of Peace’s Drew Sikkema (team-high 9 points) hit a pair of 3-pointers before a basket from Ben Lehmkuhl (6 points) and a free throw from Dan Schnier cut the margin to 15-11 at the end of the first period.

The Raiders controlled the second quarter, outscoring the Irish 20-8 to increase their lead to 16 points at halftime at 35-19.

East Central’s scoring during the period included three 3-pointers by Kurtis Cornilsen; three field goals, two of them treys, by Henfrey; a basket from Jordan Cornilsen and a free throw from Nate Gravert.

The Raider defense held the Irish to just three baskets and a free throw in the second quarter. Prince of Peace’s scoring in the quarter came on a 3-pointer from Sikkema, a bucket each from Schnier and Roling along with a free throw from Keaton Connell.

The third quarter was almost a repeat of the second as the Raiders outscored the Irish 22-6.

Scoring for the Raiders was Jargo (6 points) with a pair of 3-pointers, Jordan Cornilsen with a pair of field goals, one a trey, and Hitchcock with a couple of baskets as they increased their lead to 57-25 heading into the final frame.

The Irish outscored the Raiders 14-9 in the fourth quarter as both coaches got all of their players into the game.

“We were very aggressive on our full-court press and we shot the ball extremely well,” East Central coach Tom Gruenwald said. “We were 9-for-18 from 3-point range. We needed this win. Our guys played really well on defense.”

The Raiders close their regular season Friday when they host Calamus-Wheatland.

“We didn’t play very well,” Irish coach Gerry Murphy said. “Our youth really showed. The Raiders deserved the win. They did everything right. We’ve got a lot work to do to get ready for tournament time.”

Prince of Peace opens postseason play Monday against Rivermont of Bettendorf at Miles at 7 p.m. Monday.

Score by Quarters

Prince of Peace 11 8 6 14 — 39

East Central 15 20 22 9 — 66



Dan Schnier 2 1-2 5, Zach Schmitz 3 0-0 6, Drew Sikkema 3 0-0 9, Ben Lehmkuhl 3 0-0 6, Luke Roling 3 2-2 8, Bob Goldbeck 0 0-1 0, Ben Carr 1 0-0 2, Keaton Connell 1 1-1 3, Nathan Ancheta 0 0-0 0, Jacob Crigger 0 0-0 0, Ben Evers 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-6 39.


Josh Hitchcock 5 1-2 11, Devan Henfrey 4 0-0 11, Josh Gendreau 2 5-6 9, Jordan Cornilsen 4 0-0 9, Kurtis Cornilsen 6 0-0 15, Travis Jargo 2 0-0 6, Nate Gravert 1 1-2 3, Matthew Entsminger 0 0-0 0, Broc Christiansen 0 0-0 0, Trent Mussmann 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 7-10 66.

3-point goals—POP 3 (Sikkema 3); EC 9 (K. Cornilsen 3, Henfrey 3, Jargo 2, J. Cornilsen). Total fouls—POP 12, EC 14.

Records—Prince of Peace 7-14, East Central 15-5. Next games—Prince of Peace vs. Rivermont (Iowa Class 1A district first round at Miles), 7 p.m. Monday; Calamus-Wheatland at East Central, Friday.