The Cascade boys’ basketball team earned two road victories when Carter Green scored 15 points to lead the Cougars to a 52-33 victory over Northeast, Jan. 14, and Michael Trumm made five three-pointers, scoring a season-high 17 points, in the Cougars’ 52-38 beating of Anamosa, Jan. 16.
With the two wins, the Cougars are trending in the right direction as they are 3-1 since the holiday break pushing them to 6-5 for the season and 6-4 in the River Valley Conference North, good for fourth place.
“It was a great week for us. Northeast was probably our most complete game of the year. Defensively, we held their two top senior scorers (Grant Rickertson and Dakota Stevenson) to a combined five points. (Judd Swanton) scored 14 points, but the rest of the team shot five for 30. We were just totally locked in defensively,” said Jacob Brindle, head coach of the Cougars. “Offensively, we kept the turnovers to a minimum and we finally shot the ball. We finally made the shots we’ve been getting. It wasn’t anything different. We just finally started to hit some of those shots. Our six-point halftime lead kept growing possession by possession. We were making a shot and getting a stop. You blink and we were up 20 points in the fourth quarter.”
Caden Reinke also had 10 points in the Cougars’ win over Northeast, as the starters combined to score 47 of the team’s 52 points. Bench scoring was provided by Jackson McAleer who had three points and Hugh Molony who put up two. Key to the Cougars’ offense was shooting the basketball as they made over 55% from the field including 5-of-10 three-pointers on the night.
Against Anamosa, Cooper Rausch chipped in with 12 points to join Trumm in double digits as the hot shooting Cougars made 8-of-17 three-point attempts and outbattled the Raiders to win by 14.
“(Anamosa) switched up their defense a little bit to force us to take outside shots and Michael Trumm comes out to make his first four three-pointers in the first half. All of a sudden boom, boom, boom and then we locked in our defense as our lead grew,” said Brindle. “Because we were hitting our outside stuff, we were able to get our inside game going in the second half.”
Each quarter the Cougars grew their lead. They were up 39-22 entering the fourth quarter and their zone defense continued to frustrate Anamosa’s young team who didn’t have as much success shooting from three. They made just 5-of-21 behind the arc, but they did make 10-of-14 two-point field goal attempts.
“The biggest thing for us right now is we are shooting about fifty percent since the holiday break. We’re shooting the three-ball tremendously better and we’re still guarding teams holding them to about 20 points below their average,” said Brindle. “If we continue to guard the way we are guarding and make a few more shots, we feel that we can be in every game we are going to play. If we can get into a possession game in the fourth quarter, then who knows what is going to happen.”
The Cougars’ leaders against Northeast were: points — Carter Green 15, Reinke 10, Trumm eight, Alex Aitchison and Cooper Rausch seven, Jackson McAleer three, Hugh Molony two; rebounds — Reinke five, Aitchison and Eli Green four, Carter Green and Trumm three, McAleer two, Molony, Will Potter and Rausch one; assists — Carter Green and Eli Green four, Rausch and Trumm three, McAleer one; steals — Carter Green and Trumm three, Aitchison two; blocks — Carter Green and Trumm two, Aitchison, McAleer and Reinke one.
Leading Cascade past Anamsoa were: points — Trumm 17, Rausch 12, Aitchison seven, Potter and Reinke five, Carter Green four, Eli Green two; rebounds — Carter Green eight, Eli Green, Rausch and Reinke three, Aitchison and McAleer two, Potter one; assists — Carter Green six, Trumm five, Potter and Rausch three, Reinke one; steals — Trumm four, Reinke three, Potter two, Eli Green and Rausch one; blocks — Aitchison, Reinke and Trumm one.