Aquinas forces 30 turnovers in win over Mustangs

December 7, 2018

Zach Zavodny scored 28 points and Aquinas boys basketball opened the new season with a resounding 64-40 win over Raymond Central last week.

The Monarchs out rebounded the Mustangs 35-34, and forced 35 turnovers during the game.

“Overall I thought we played well,” said head coach Trevor Weiss in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “Our 1-3-1 defense gave them trouble, and we got a lot of steals from that. I think we can still rebound better out of our 1-3-1 defense. We forced over 30 turnovers so I’m pretty happy with that.”

“A couple of things we can improve on is moving our feet,” he said. “I felt sometimes they would easily drive around us because we weren’t moving our feet. That’s what got some of our guys in foul trouble. We can also protect the ball better.”

Weise also said that he felt the Monarchs did a good job of pushing the ball up the court to get easy baskets.

“I loved our energy on the floor and on the bench,” Weise said. “If we continue to have that energy every game we will be fine. We will need to shoot better from the free throw line.”

East Butler 70, Cedar Bluffs 46: Jaden Rhynalds scored 41 points on Nov. 29 and recorded 12 rebounds for East Butler in the season opener.

The Tigers dominated from the very beginning dropping 45 points in the first half.

Dillon DeWitt, Austin Pierce and Nolan Makovicka all contributed eight points for East Butler.

The Tigers only turned the ball over 13 times as a team.

″(It was a) good opening win.” said head coach Greg Jahde in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “Jaden (Rhynalds) was fantastic getting to the rim and finishing.” His teammates did a great job of getting him the ball and creating space for him to do his thing. We rebounded the ball well and took care of it. Those thing led to a nice win.”

Shelby-Rising City 65, Cross County 34: The Huskies held Cross County to nine points in the first half on their way to a 65-34 victory on Nov. 30.

Shelby-Rising City was able to knockdown 54 percent of its shots, while limiting Cross County to 29 percent.

The Huskies also won the battle on the glass 34-19.

Centennial 66, David City 33: David City fell into a big early hole with poor shooting and a bevy of turnovers. The Scouts started 1 of 10 from the floor and never recovered.

They managed to put up 11 points in the second quarter but continued to give the ball away on costly mistakes. Centennial opened the game 3 for 3 from long-range and was 9 of 12 after three quarters.

“I really thought we could cut into their 20 point halftime lead (33-13) in the third quarter as long as we corrected the turnovers and kept taking good shots, but our shots continued to be off the mark,” coach Cole Carraher said in comments sent to The Banner-Press. “Centennial stayed hot by hitting five more threes in that third quarter.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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