The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 22, 2014

Indians stun Cascade

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — CAMANCHE — With his team trailing by six points with less than two minutes remaining, Camanche boys basketball coach Josh Davis decided to put undefeated Cascade to the test.

The Cougars, ranked second in the state in Class 2A, had won all games this season by 10 points or more and their average margin of victory was 33.4 points.

Knowing that the Cougars hadn’t played a close game, Davis instructed his players to foul, send the Cougars to the free-throw line and hope they’d miss. After all, the Indians had nothing to lose. They had just three wins in 12 outings, and seven of their nine losses were by double-digit totals.

The strategy worked on the defensive end, and then the Indians had the right plan on the offensive end for the final play: A 3-point basket by Brody Lodge that gave Camanche a 57-55 upset victory Tuesday in the River Valley Conference game.

“It’s the biggest win for us since I’ve been here, for sure,” Davis, in his fifth season as coach of the Indians, said. “It was just a great moment for our kids.”

Camanche had battled back from a double-digit deficit but still trailed 51-45 with 2 minutes left.

“We started fouling with about a minute-and-a-half to go,” he explained. “They only had four fouls. They’re used to blowing people out, so I thought they might be a little tight.”

He was right. The Cougars made just 4 of 16 attempts from the free-throw line in the second half.

“We got closer and closer,” Davis said. “They missed free throws, and we took advantage.”

Camanche drew within 55-54 when it sent Ries Rausch to the line, and he missed both attempts.

“We called timeout to draw up a play to get Brody a shot in the left corner, and he made his fourth 3-pointer of the half,” Davis said. “He had the hot hand. Everything he was shooting was on a line.”

Lodge scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead the Indians. Dylan Busse and Derek Harksen added 10 each.

“Harksen was huge tonight,” Davis said. “I cannot accentuate Harksen enough.”

Davis said one of the keys was putting in his “kamikaze” unit of track runners, which includes Harksen, last year’s state runner-up in the 400 meters. That group helped change the pace of things after Cascade outscored Camanche 12-4 over the first five minutes of the second quarter.

Cascade expanded its lead to 33-18 late in the first half, but Blake Bialas hit a 3-pointer at the end of the half to cut the gap to 33-21.

The Indians continued to chip away in the third quarter, getting as close as 35-34, but still trailed 41-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

“They only play six kids, so they might have gotten tired,” Davis said of the Cougars. “Because we sped up the tempo, they were not flying to the glass like they were earlier. We cleaned the glass in the fourth quarter.”

Tanner Atkinson led Camanche with 10 rebounds, while Lodge grabbed six and Busse had five.

Davis said he hoped the victory would prove something to his players.

“We’ve demonstrated in just about every game the good stuff and the bad stuff,” he said. “We’ve got to understand that we’re not a better team than in the past but realize we can do it. To pull one off against a quality opponent like that should do it.”

It won’t take long to find out. The Indians have one practice (today) before traveling to Wellman on Thursday to face Mid-Prairie (7-6) before returning home for Friday night’s game against Bellevue on Hall of Fame Night. Davis said the busy schedule didn’t bother him a bit after Tuesday’s win.

“We would want to play (today), honestly,” he said. “We’d play the next five days if we had to.”

Prophets beat rivals

ERIE, Ill. — Prophetstown limited rival Erie to six points in the first half, building a double-digit lead in the process, and defeated the Cardinals 39-26 in the Three Rivers Conference on Tuesday.

Ethan Howard led the Prophets with 14 points, six of those coming in the fourth quarter as they protected their lead.

Howard was one of six players to score for the visitors in the opening quarter, when Prophetstown opened a 14-2 lead. The Prophets were unable to expand on that lead in the second quarter, though, as each team scored just four points.

Ken Cole (nine points) and Owen McConnell (eight points) each scored four points in the third quarter to help the Cardinals close within 29-21.

Thunder lose shootout

MOUNT CARROLL — Eli Karvelis scored 36 points — all in the first three quarters — and his Pecatonica teammates held on in the fourth quarter to beat West Carroll 90-81 on Tuesday.

West Carroll’s Trevor Jones equaled Karvelis for game-high honors.

West Carroll trailed 75-58 through three quarters and tried to get back in it by sending the Indians to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Pecatonica made 13 of 28 attempts from the line over the final eight minutes and were 29-for-47 for the game.

West Carroll committed 35 fouls, while Pecatonica had 26. Seven players fouled out, including Karvelis and Andrew Squires for Pecatonica.

Karvelis, a 5-foot-10 guard, made eight 3-pointers, but Squires had the hot hand early. Squires made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the first quarter to help the Indians to a 23-20 lead.

Jones, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, added 16 more in the second, but Karvelis drained five 3-pointers in a 19-point performance that kept Pecatonica in front 53-45.

Squires added 19 points for Pecatonica, while Robbie Blassingham scored 17. Blassingham went 11-for-25 from the line, including 6-for-16 in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Sturtevant finished with 16 points for West Carroll, while Jordan Bracero added 14.

Easton Valley rolls

WHEATLAND — Easton Valley defeated Calamus-Wheatland 92-52 on Tuesday night, putting the River Hawks at 9-2 on the season.

Rebels fall

STANWOOD — The Northeast Rebels lost their third game in a row Tuesday, falling 63-50 to North Cedar. The Rebels are 9-4 on the season.

CAMANCHE 57, CASCADE 55

CASCADE (11-1) — Mitchell Oberbroeckling 2 3-8 7, Ries Rausch 3 0-2 8, Haris Takes 5 8-10 18, Mitch Recker 1 0-1 2, Nolan Weber 1 1-2 3, Devin Green 8 1-5 17. Totals 20 13-28 55.

CAMANCHE (4-9) — Blake Bialas 2 0-0 6, Thomas Brantley 0 0-0 0, Brady Beal 1 0-0 3, Will Seeser 1 0-0 3, Seth Boysen 0 2-2 2, Devon Belk 2 0-0 4, Dylan Busse 4 2-2 10, Brody Lodge 6 0-0 16, Derek Harksen 4 2-2 10, Tanner Atkinson 1 0-0 3. Totals 21 6-6 57.

Cascade 16 17 8 14 — 55

Camanche 12 9 17 19 — 57

3-point goals — Cascade 2 (Rausch 2); Camanche 9 (Lodge 4, Bialas 2, Beal, Seeser, Atkinson). Total fouls — Cascade 10, Camanche 21. Fouled out — None.

PROPHETSTOWN 39, ERIE 26

PROPHETSTOWN — Grant Ames 2 0-1 4, Austin Meadows 0 0-0 0, Ethan Howard 5 2-5 14, Seth Cady 1 0-0 2, Daniel Shirley 1 0-0 2, Chris Bauer 2 3-3 7, Josh Paul 0 0-0 0, Austin Gerlach 1 0-0 2, Josh Sigel 3 2-2 8. Totals 15 7-11 39.

ERIE — Koby Kuhnen 0 3-3 3, Nich Wildt 0 1-2 1, Kallen Jepson 0 0-0 0, Sean Maloney 0 0-0 0, Ken Cole 4 1-1 9, Owen McConnell 4 0-2 8, Vinnie Bramm 2 0-0 5. Totals 10 5-8 26.

Prophetstown 14 4 11 10 — 39

Erie 2 4 15 5 — 26

3-point goals — Prophetstown 2 (Howard 2); Erie 1 (Bramm). Total fouls — Prophetstown 13, Erie 11. Fouled out — None.

PECATONICA 90, WEST CARROLL 81

PECATONICA — Eli Karvelis 12 4-5 36, Robbie Blassingham 3 11-25 17, Adam Bardell 1 0-2 2, Elliot 0 1-2 1, Anthony Schlickman 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Degner 0 4-4 4, Jordan Dahl 1 5-7 7, Andrew Squires 7 2-2 19, Skylar Lawhorn 1 2-2 4. Totals 25 29-47 90.

WEST CARROLL — Matt McGinnis 2 0-0 4, Matt Dyson 0 0-0 0, Andrew Drabner 1 0-0 2, Caleb Brashaw 0 0-0 0, Nick Telewitz 0 0-0 0, Jordan Bracero 6 2-4 14, Travis Hartman 0 0-0 0, Brandon Sturtevant 5 5-8 16, Cody Brashaw 1 3-4 5, Trevor Jones 15 6-7 36, Devon Hartley 1 1-2 4, Tommy Watson 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 17-25 81.

Pecatonica 23 30 22 15 — 90

West Carroll 20 25 13 23 — 81

3-point goals — Pecatonica 11 (Karvelis 8, Squires 3); West Carroll 2 (Sturtevant, Hartley). Total fouls — Pecatonica 26, West Carroll 35. Fouled out — Karvelis, Degner, Squires, Bracero, Hartman, Sturtevant, Hartley.