‘It was just fun’: VanDerWerff’s double-double sends Platte-Geddes past Hanson

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Platte-Geddes' Caden Foxley, left, makes a layup over Hanson's Reggie Slaba during a Hanson Classic game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

Frank Cutler called it a team win. Kelby VanDerWerff said it was a lot of fun.

Both statements are true.

It took eight different players scoring and VanDerWerff maybe having the most fun with his 24-point, 11-rebound double-double for Platte-Geddes to top Hanson, 57-42, on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

“It was just fun,” VanDerWerff said. “We had a lot of fun. I mean, it was big. That was a good team we just played.”


Neither Cutler or VanDerWerff downplayed Hanson’s talent after the Hanson Classic win. The Beavers (9-2) are receiving votes in the media poll and had won three straight games until VanDerWerff hit 11 of 21 shots and sank a pair of crucial 3-pointers.

His first 3 ended the first half, capping a 10-1 run to give the Black Panthers (6-2) a 26-18 halftime lead. Coming out of a timeout after Hanson cut their lead to 40-35 in the fourth quarter, VanDerWerff hit his second triple, sparking an 11-2 run and 7-0 personal run.

“Once someone makes a good play, it’s like, ‘All right, we have to get back and play some defense and do it again,’ ” VanDerWerff said. “Everyone working together, it’s fun. You get pumped up for everyone else. Everyone else making big plays, and you have to do your part, too.”

With a five-point lead early in the fourth, Cutler called the timeout to calm his team down and set up a couple of plays. VanDerWerff hit three straight shots, followed by Caden Foxley, who scored nine points, making a pair of baskets.

Even with 17 offensive rebounds, including eight from Riley Ferry, Hanson couldn’t mount a comeback. It missed second-chance looks at the basket and struggled to string together baskets other than a 6-2 run to start the second quarter to take its only lead, 17-16.

“Platte played really good defense and we weren’t able to get our shots to go,” Hanson coach Josh Oltmanns said. “We were pretty flat, I felt, right from the start. A lot of that credit goes to Platte. They came out ready to play and took it to us right away.”

The Black Panthers led 9-1 just a couple of minutes into the game. Oltmanns credited them for forcing Hanson to stretch its offense, as it shot 29.3 percent from the field and 4-for-20 from 3-point range.


Platte-Geddes also keyed on Reggie Slaba, making sure it had help defense and switched on screens. Slaba finished with 18 points on 7-for-20 shooting and 3-for-12 3-point shooting.

“He doesn’t need much room,” Cutler said. “He got loose for a couple of them, and he’s just an outstanding, dynamite type player.”

Jackson Neuman scored nine points, while Foxley grabbed seven rebounds. For Hanson, Ferry finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.

“We got contributions from a lot of people,” Cutler said. “Playing a very, very quality team in Hanson, and to come out with this type of win is great satisfaction.”

Platte-Geddes plays Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Monday in Armour. Hanson plays Sanborn Central/Woonsocket on Tuesday in Alexandria.

Platte-Geddes 57, Hanson 42

Platte-Geddes (6-2): Will Miller 1-4 2-2 4, Brody Boltjes 1-4 0-0 3, Caden Foxley 4-4 1-4 9, Jackson Neuman 2-4 0-0 9, Kelby VanDerWerff 11-21 0-0 24, Miles Hubers 0-3 0-0 0, Hayes Rabenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Whalen 1-1 0-0 2, Kade Starr 1-3 2-2 4, Weston VanderPol 0-1 0-0 0, Cade Nachtigal 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Olson 1-1 0-0 2, Eli DeNeui 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 23-46 5-8 57.

Hanson (9-2): Riley Ferry 3-12 2-3 8, Luke Haiar 1-7 0-1 2, Reggie Slava 7-20 1-2 18, Simon Weber 1-4 1-3 3, Hayden Bahmuller 2-6 0-0 4, Noah Price 2-5 0-0 4, Casey Haynes 1-2 0-0 3, Isaac Tuschen 0-0 0-0 0, Gavin Doyle 0-0 0-0 0, Kade Waldera 0-1 0-0 0, Peyton Schroeder 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Cheeseman 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 17-58 4-20 42.


PG 14 26 38 57

H 11 18 31 42

3-pointers: PG 6-18 (Neuman 3-4, VanDerWerff 2-6, Boltjes 1-4, Miller 0-1, Hubers 0-2, VanderPol 0-1); H 4-20 (Slaba 3-12, Haynes 1-2, Haia 0-2, Waldera 0-1). Rebounds: PG 36 (VanDerWerff 11, Foxley 7); H 32 (Ferry 12, Bahmuller 8, Weber 6). Assists: PG 14 (Neuman 4); H 6 (Slaba 2). Blocked shots: PG 1; H 2. Steals: PG 2; H 6 (Haiar 2, Weber 2). Turnovers: PG 17; H 9. Total fouls: PG 12; H 9.

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