IOWA CITY– Throughout the season West High coach Steve Bergman has said his team needs to be challenged. His Trojans were a lot of things Friday night (Jan. 31), but challenged was not one of them.
West High came into the Mississippi Valley Conference inter-divisional contest with a 12-2 (8-1) record and a second-place ranking in the Mississippi Division while the Prairie Hawks were 4-10 (2-7) in the Valley Division.
The Trojans plucked and cooked the Prairie Hawks, 87-40.
For about the first two minutes it appeared like it would be a battle as Prairie foiled West’s first possession and scored the first basket. Also, West was matching the Prairie Hawks basket-for-basket as Chike Ukah tied the game at two points and Wyatt Lohaus tied it at four.
Then the Trojan basketball machine started hitting on all cylinders, and it was full throttle for West from there. Among the first period highlights: David Dileo nailed a pair of back-to-back 3-point shots to make it 14-7 for West; sophomore Wali Parks put points on the board; and Wyatt Lohaus became West High’s all-time assists leader as he got the ball to brother Tanner, who put it up and in for the score. Lohaus beat the previous record set by graduate Jeremy Morgan. Morgan and Lohaus will be reunited next year when they both play for the University of Northern Iowa.
Up 22-13 after the first period, the Trojans continued to put on a basketball clinic for the Prairie Hawks as Tanner Lohaus, Nick Gallagher, Ukah and Dileo hammered away to a 43-20 lead at the half. Ukah even demonstrated how to hang from the rim, to the delight of the West High band and student section, a little trick likely learned from big brother Okey, a 2011 West High grad and Iowa Hawkeye.
Dileo, Parks, Wyatt Lohaus and Ukah quickly built the lead to 56-22 with Dileo nailing his third 3-point shot of the game. Wyatt Lohaus activated the 35-point rule’s continuous clock, Parks went 2-2 at the free throw line, Adam Klein tipped-in a teetering ball and Connor McCaffrey sank a pair of baskets to make it 72-25 going into the final period.
Harley Shear, Devontae Lane, Malik Williams and Alex Henderson all scored in a game where everybody saw playing time but Garrett Grimsman, who sat on the bench with a pair of crutches as he recovers from a recent injury. Wyatt Lohaus led the Trojans with 16 points, Dileo was credited with a lucky 13 and Gallagher and Ukah had 10 points each.
Following a Tuesday (Feb. 4) visit to Waterloo East, the Trojans are home again Friday, Feb. 7, to entertain Waterloo East.
Scoring: Wyatt Lohaus 16, David Dileo 13, Chike Ukah 10, Nick Gallagher 10, Wali Parks 8, Adam Klein 7, Alex Henderson 7, Connor McCaffrey 6, Tanner Lohaus 4, Harley Shear 2, Devontae Lane 2, Malik Williams 2.
West High made 36 of 49 field goals.
3-point shots: Dileo 3, Klein 1, Henderson 1.
Rebounds: Parks 5, Wyatt Lohaus 4.
Assists: McCaffrey 7, Wyatt Lohaus 6.