By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY— Steve Bergman’s West High Trojans improved their record to 5-0 (2-0 MVC) with an 85-37 trouncing of the Trojans of Waterloo East Tuesday night in their home opener.
The sophomore squad pulled out a 71-62 win to open the night.
Jacob Gylten put up West’s first two buckets as the Iowa City Trojans surged to a quick 9-4 lead with a basket by Jeremy Morgan and a three-bomb from Dondre Alexander. West took the first period 17-6 with a goal by Richard Bryant at the buzzer.
Gylten and Wyatt Lohaus traded baskets to open the second period. Morgan nailed a three-pointer and had a slam dunk as did Alexander. Bergman’s crew cleared the floor for the halftime show up a comfortable 36-15.
Alexander and Morgan both had slam dunks in the third while Lohaus sank two more three-pointers. Myzeah Batie-Gaddy and Tavian Smith added a deuce apiece as the hometown Trojans went into the final period ahead 63-26.
Reserves saw valuable time on the floor with Reid Bonner sinking a three-ball, as did Mark Lowe. Smith had back-to-back field goals while Melvin Chatmon sank West’s final buckets to seal the win.
All-in-all, Bergman was pleased with his crew, noting, “(they didn’t) play down to the level of our competition, which we’ve done a little bit of sometimes.” He added their challenge was to show focus, and they met the challenge.
“We got beat on the drive a little bit, once in awhile we got a little dribble happy, but we also had a lot of assists,” Bergman said.
Lohaus, the solitary sophomore on the team, lead with 19 points and a trio of three-pointers. Morgan had 18 points, Gylten an even dozen. Alexander put up eight points and led on the boards with nine rebounds.
At Waterloo, BJ Mayer’s crew mauled the East High Trojans 88-35 in girls varsity action. Ally Disterhoft led with 15 points, Griffin Reed had 14 while Tatum Klein and Shahana Williams put up ten points each. West moved to 7-0 as they defended their No. 1 ranking in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
Both teams will finish 2011 on the road.