Crestwood boys rout South Winn, trip Waterloo West Wahawks
Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:47am admin
CRESCO - After a slow start in the first quarter, the Crestwood varsity boys’ basketball team bounced back strong on its way to a 56-31 win over South Winn on Nov. 30 during the season opener.
Facing Class 4A Waterloo West Saturday at home, the Cadets tripped the Wahawks, 49-48, on two free throws by Nathan Martinek with four seconds left.
Cadets 56, SW 31
Playing South Winn on Nov. 30, the Cadets fell behind the Warriors, 8-10, after one period before going on a 15-5 run in the second to take a 23-15 halftime lead.
Crestwood went on a 15-7 run in the third quarter, which included three big three-pointers by Nathan Martinek, to take a 38-22 lead going into the fourth en route to the 56-31 victory.
“Our defense played really well tonight,” Cadet Coach Lynn McCormick said. “Both our man-to-man defense and our half-court trap defense were really good.
“Nathan Martinek hit a few three-pointers to get us going on offense. We also ran the floor well, and we got some easy baskets on some fast breaks as well. South Winn is an athletic team. Our kids did a good job helping each other on defense, which was a big key. It’s good anytime you can hold an opponent to 31 points,” the coach said.
Nathan Martinek paced the Cadets on offense with 19 points, including five three-pointers, had three assists and two rebounds. Zack Lane posted 10 points, four rebounds and one block. Boston Ferrie had nine points, five rebounds and one block.
Carter Henry had five points, four rebounds and three steals. Kristian Szajna and Jon Henry each scored four points. Szajna added seven assists, six steals and three rebounds. Henry had three rebounds and two steals. Shane Vokaty had two points. Abdi Ismail had three points on one three-pointer.
The Cadets made 22 of 41 field goal attempts, including six of 16 three-pointers, made six of 12 free throws, had 24 rebounds, 16 assists and 13 steals.
Score by quarters
CW 8 15 15 18 - 56
SW 10 5 7 9 - 31
Cadets 49, Wat. West 48
Waterloo West hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to take a brief 48-47 lead before Nathan Martinek nailed two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining to lift the Cadets to a thrilling 49-48 win.
Crestwood controlled the game in the first half as the Cadets led 9-6 after one period and took a 28-15 lead at halftime.
However, the Wahawks stormed back with a 24-15 run in the third period to cut the Cadets’ lead to 43-39 going into the fourth. In the final period, West went on a 9-4 run to grab a 48-47 lead before Martinek hit two free throws to win the game.
“Our guys were able to hang on late in the game,” McCormick said. “We knew West would come at us with some pressure (on defense) because they are a quick and athletic team. Fortunately, we hung on.
“One thing we did well was rebound off of their missed shots, which was a key for us. Our defense played really good. We started playing man-to-man early before playing more zone defense in the second half. It was fun to get a win against a 4A team.
“In the first half, West didn’t press us hard with their defense, but I knew it would still be a close game. When they did press us, we handled it well. Nathan Martinek hit a couple clutch free throws for us at the end of the game, but we also missed a few one-on-one opportunities earlier (in the fourth). We need to knock down those free throws,” McCormick said.
Martinek led the Cadets with 20 points, including six three-pointers, and he had two rebounds. Zack Lane tallied eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Shane Vokaty had eight points, including one three-pointer, and two rebounds.
Kristian Szajna had six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Boston Ferrie tallied four points, 16 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Carter Henry had two points and six rebounds. Jon Henry had one point, two rebounds and two blocks.