MT. CARROLL, Ill. – The Unity Christian Knights picked up a 46-21 win over West Carroll’s junior varsity squad in the 11th Annual Manny’s Shootout Saturday in boys basketball.
“You never know about a Saturday game whether the boys will be ready to play,” Unity Coach Jeff VanderEide said. “They came out and kept the pressure on, forced some turnovers and we capitalized on it.”
The Knights jumped to a strong start, going on a 6-0 run to begin the game. They went into the halftime break up 16-9.
“It started out a little slow, but eventually they got going,” VanderEide said. “We told them we watned to start our hard and get control and stay in control, even though it was their home court.”
The Knights used the third quarter to extend their lead even more. They outscored the Thunder 16-9 and went into the fourth quarter with a 32-18 lead.
“We wanted to come out and keep the intensity and keep in control,” VanderEide said.
Unity Christian continued scoring in the fourth. Kyle Smith beat the defense down and hit a layup with a little under four minutes to go to put the Knights up 42-19.
On the other end, West Carroll got an offensive putback, but then Unity’s Tyler Appel drove the lane and found Smith wide open under the basket for two.
The Knights’ defense then forced a turnovers and easily broke the Thunder’s press. Weston Hintz drew a foul on the perimeter and went to the line for the bonus shots, draining both and giving Unity the final 25-point lead.
Big performances and rebounds from the Knights’ two big men, Dane Holesinger and Caleb Hirl, helped give Unity the edge.
“He’s a workhorse underneath and knows how to look for the open player,” VanderEide said of Hirl. “He knows how to communicate with the team and let them know where the openings are.
“Dane Holesinger had a really good game, too. He posted up and got a lot of rebounds. I think he had our first six or eighth points of the game.”
Although he was happy with the performance, VanderEide said the team still was missing too many easy shots and that needed to be cleaned up going into the rest of conference play.
“We need to do a little better on our conversion shots on the fast breaks,” VanderEide said. “We were missing some layups and other easy shots we probably could have put in. That’s just an off say or dealing with the defense a little bit.”
Newman downs Camanche boys
Camanche couldn’t put together back-to-back wins and fell 77-70 to Sterling Newman in the final game of the Manny’s Shootout on Saturday night.
The Indians were coming off a win over Bellevue on Friday where they came back from a 20-point deficit.
After the first quarter, Camanche found itself trailing by eight points. The Indians cut Newman’s lead to 43-40 by the time halftime rolled around. However, big performances from Cade Gorzny, Travis Williams and Devon House in the second half kept Newman ahead of the Indians.
House ended with 26 points and Gorzny with 21.
Caleb Delzell and Dev Patel had the standout offensive performances for the Indians with 15 points apiece. Cam Soenksen tossed in another 14, while Carson Seeser added 12 and Jordan Lawrence had 11. Camanche went only eight deep for their second game in 24 hours.
DePue handles West Carroll
West Carroll scored only 31 points in a 57-31 loss to DePue.
West Carroll fell behind early, finding itself at the 17-5 deficit after just eight minutes of play. They put in only another six points in the second quarter to go into halftime down 24-11.
Jacob Dunk led the offensive effort with 10 points — the only one to reach double digits. Kody Plattenberger had five for the Thunder, as did Owen Wurster.
The Thunder shot 100 percent from the line but got there just one time.
Prophets edge Christian Life
Prophetstown played from behind for the first part of their Manny’s Shootout matchup but completed the comeback and took town Rockford Christian life 63-57.
The Eagles jumped out early and took the 20-14 lead after one quarter. Prophetstown chipped away and pulled within three by halftime and took the lead in the third quarter. The Prophets outscored the Eagles 21-16 in the final eight minutes to solidify the win.
Both Brayton Levine and Logan Henrekin had 19 points for the Prophets. Levine scored 13 of his points in the second half.