CAMANCHE — Preston’s Danny Ernst drained five 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 21 points to lead the Trojans to a 47-35 non-conference boys basketball win over the Camanche Indians in both teams’ season opener Tuesday night.

“I don’t think either coach was real happy how the game looked, but it was a win,” Preston coach Dan Beck said. “We played good on defense and we rebounded pretty well, but one thing for sure is we have to get everyone healthy.”

Preston jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 3-pointers from Ernst and Tayden Helmle.

Camanche got a basket from Jace Stratton and a pair of free throws from Justin Lind to cut the margin to 6-4 midway through the opening quarter. Lind and Stratton had 10 points apiece to pace the Indians.

The Trojans got another trey from Ernst and three free throws from Brady Oldag, who scored 11 points, to increase their lead to 12-6 at the end of the first period.

Camanche got a 3-pointer from Stratton and a bucket from Lind to cut the margin to 12-11 in the first minute of the second quarter.

Preston answered with a 7-0 run as Ernst hit another 3-pointer, Helmle had a free throw and Oldag converted a three-point play to make it 19-11 with 5:30 left in the half.

Keevyn Kilburg hit a pair of free throws and Ernst and Oldag added buckets as the Trojans built a 25-16 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter both teams played tough defense. Preston held the Indians to just four points in the period on a 3-pointer from Stratton and a free throw from Nate Duran.

The Trojans were held to eight points in the quarter on three baskets and two free throws as they increased their lead to 33-20 at the end of three periods.

The teams exchanged baskets throughout the final quarter, with Camanche outscoring Preston 15-14.

Both teams will be back in action Friday. Camanche will meet Prince of Peace at the River City Classic at Clinton High School’s Yourd Gymnasium at 6 p.m. The Trojans will head to the East Dubuque (Ill.) Tournament.

“This being our first game I was happy with our effort for the most part,” Camanche coach Scott Harksen said. “We had a big dry spell in the third quarter. We missed a lot of easy shots and we gave away too many second chances.”

Score by Quarters

Preston 12 13 8 14 — 47

Camanche 6 10 4 15 — 35



Danny Ernst 7 2-7 21, Branden Michel 1 0-0 2, Tayden Helmle 1 3-4 6, Keevyn Kilburg 1 2-3 4, Jake Baughman 0 0-0 0, Josh Feddersen 0 0-0 0, Brady Oldag 3 5-8 11, Travis Kieffer 0 0-0 0, Nate Marvin 1 1-6 3, Dakota Kieffer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 13-28 47.


Rob Ruchotzke 1 0-0 2, Mitch Paysen 2 1-1 5, Nate Lambert 1 0-0 2, Justin Lind 3 4-4 10, Colten Hilgendorf 2 0-1 4, Jace Stratton 4 0-0 10, Trevor Mink 0 0-0 0, Cody Clausen 0 0-0 0, Nate Duran 0 1-3 1, Logan Hilgendorf 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 7-11 35.

3-point goals—Preston 6 (Ernst 5, Helmle); Camanche 2 (C. Hilgendorf 2). Total fouls—Preston 19, Camanche 23. Fouled out—Camanche (Duran).

Records—Preston 1-0, Camanche 0-1. Next games—Preston at East Dubuque (Ill.) Tournament, Friday; Camanche vs. Prince of Peace at Clinton River City Classic, 6 p.m. Friday.

Fresh-soph score—Camanche 45, Preston 44 (OT).