MCHS boys open season with winThe Mitchell Christian boys’ basketball team made sure Dennis Martin’s first game as the head coach was never in doubt. The Eagles beat Iroquois 79-29 in their season-opener Friday at the Mitchell Christian School gymnasium.
By: Justin Rust, The Daily Republic
MCHS boys open season with win
The Mitchell Christian boys’ basketball team made sure Dennis Martin’s first game as the head coach was never in doubt.
The Eagles beat Iroquois 79-29 in their season-opener Friday at the Mitchell Christian School gymnasium.
“It’s always fun to win on your home court in front of your home fans, especially in the first game of the year,” Martin said. “I am pleased with the way the kids worked.”
Adam Rasmussen scored 16 points and had five rebounds for MCHS. Wes Vander Pol scored 14 points and had four steals, Cody Perman added 11 points and eight steals and Jacob Frey had 10 points and five rebounds.
The Eagles forced 23 turnovers in the win.
“I think we just played defense well and we got a lot of turnovers,” Vander Pol said. “We were able to convert on the fast breaks, and I think that helped us win.”
Mitchell Christian scored the first 13 points of the game before Iroquois made its first bucket with 4:04 to go in the first quarter. The Eagles had a 45-16 lead by halftime.
“Sometimes when you get a big lead, you kind of worry because you can collapse,” Martin said. “But our kids kept the intensity up, and I was proud of their defensive effort.”
MCHS kept rolling with a 60-25 lead after the third quarter before outscoring Iroquois 19-4 in the fourth quarter.
Vander Pol said the team will lean on its defense this year.
“Our offense can be slow sometimes, so we will rely on our defense this year,” Vander Pol said.
Martin said the team played pretty well its first time out despite having 14 turnovers.
“We have to work on our turnovers, but as a whole, it was hard to find fault with them tonight,” Martin said.
Mitchell Christian plays Monday at Mount Vernon.
Mitchell Christian 79, Iroquois 29
Jackson Feiner 2 1-2 5; Caleb Mueller 3 1-2 8; Jacob Frey 5 0-0 10; Wes Vander Pol 6 0-0 13; Cody Perman 5 0-0 11; Adam Ramussen 7 2-3 16; Keegan Larson-Shields 3 0-0 7; Aaron Lemon 2 1-2 5; Chadndler Nelson 1 0-0 2; Cody Gromer 0 0-0 0; Eric Reimnitz 1 0-0 2; Alex Bearrobe Hofwalt 0 0-0 0. Totals 35 5-9 79.
Chase Decker 11; Ben Machtemes 0; Roy Miller 2; Erik Wehlander 1; Jordan Colungo 15; Lake Goglin 0; Blake Keating 0. Totals 29.
I 6 16 25 29
MCHS 22 45 60 79
3-point goals: MCHS 1 (Four players with 1); Rebounds: MCHS 30 (Three players with 5); Assists: 15 (Three players with 3); Steals: MCHS 23 (Perman 8); Blocks: MCHS 1 (Frey 1); Turnovers: MCHS 14.