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Varsity Boys Basketball
1st District Playoff
versus Columbus Junction
February 18, 2002

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Varsity boys blast Columbus Junction
The varsity boys basketball team opened play in the Class 2A District 11 tournament by blasting Columbus Junction 82-38 at the Field House. They advance to the district semifinal, to be held at 6:30 p.m. (a change from the published time) at Mount Pleasant High School on Thursday, February 21.

The Pioneers broke open a tight game mid-way in the first quarter. David Dannemann hit the first of five consecutive three-pointers for the hosts. Then, with a 9-8 lead, Kevin Craig hit a 3-point shot off a Spencer Bright steal. Dannemann hit his second three-pointer, then fed Michael Hauptman for another three. After Chris Lynch's trey, the score stood at 21-10.

Zach Silverman fed Noah Loin, who made a lay-up and a free throw after being fouled. That left the score at 24-12 and began a 17-0 run, featuring a pair of twisting lay-ups by Dannemann, and a fast break from Zach to Kevin and back to Zach for another lay-up.

David led the balanced scoring at half-time with 11 points, followed by Zach with 10, Michael with 7 and four other players in the scoring column. With so many offensive weapons, Maharishi School built an insurmountable 40-16 lead at the intermission.

The Pioneer defense created havoc for the visitors. Willy Kern would often jump high into the air to deflect a shot or send passes and shots off-course. David once created a turnover by not allowing the opposing point guard to advance the ball in five seconds. Michael, Zach, and Willy helped contain 6-6 Eli Pavey, Columbus Junction's leading scorer, who went without a point for the game.

The Wildcats (10-12) scored the first basket of the second half, but the Pioneers answered with a 23-1 tear. That stretched the margin from 40-18 to 63-19. It began with a pair of three-pointers by Kevin and featured a fast break, going from Zach to David and back to Zach for a lay-up. A no-look pass from Zach to Michael made the score 52-19, then Kevin hit his fourth three-pointer in four attempts.

Zach fired in a three-pointer with less then two minutes remaining in the third quarter, extending the margin to 68-23. He and David then left the game for the evening to a standing ovation.

Jonathan Jarvis hit a jumper, then stole the Wildcats' next possession leading to a lay-up by Spencer. That concluded a 32-point third quarter, the biggest offensive explosion in one period this season for the varsity boys. Willy Kern began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, the Pioneers' tenth of the game, giving his team its biggest lead at 75-23.

Zach finished with 23 points, followed by David with 13, Kevin with 12, and Michael with 11. Chris, Noah, and Willy had 5 apiece, Jonathan, Spencer, and Will Carlisle 2 apiece. Lucas Carter made a steal and fed John Armstrong for another 2 points.

The next opponent for Maharishi School (16-6) is Wapello (15-6), which is second-seed in District 11 but dropped a 67-49 decision to the Pioneers in early December.

Scores by Quarter

Varsity Boys             
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Maharishi School 24 16 32 10 82
Columbus Junction 12 4 7 15 38
Two more for the Pioneers.

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