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West’s 3-point barrage buries East

March 27, 2016
STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - In what looked like a shorter version of the NBA all-star game, the West Division routed the East Division in the boys' NICL senior all-star game Friday night in Reinbeck, a 99-78 decision.

Jer Stull of AGWSR was the West's MVP, tallying 18 points on four made 3-pointers. Grundy Center's Austin Burroughs had 17 points on five made 3-pointers, four of which gave the West their commanding lead and ultimate victory.

Halfway through the third quarter, Burroughs strung together four-straight 3-pointers on four consecutive positions, giving the West a 59-50 lead after being down four points. Zac Farrell picked up where Burroughs left off, following up with two 3-pointers of his own.

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"Throughout the season, you have a certain thing you have to do throughout with your normal team," Burroughs said. "Then, when you come to this, you have fun. You gel with all the other people around here. It's a good environment here."

Eight out of nine-straight possessions for the West were 3-pointers, setting it ahead 72-55 at the end of the third.

"They were just bombing them out there, and they were going in," Stull said. "So we were like, 'Just keep shooting them.' It was a lot of fun playing with people from my conference. Loads of fun. We were having a blast out there on the court."

The West combined for 22 good 3-pointers. The scorebook didn't keep track of how many it missed, but it was well more than double their makes. But stat lines and percentages didn't mean a whole lot to the two divisions pitted against each other. Each squad knew what to expect heading into the offense-heavy battle.

Five different West players were able to tally double-digit figures in scoring. Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Colton Dinsdale was able to get 12 points to fall; the Rebels' Josh Cooley had 11 points and Gladbrook-Reinbeck's third player, Tyler Eiffler, had 10 points.

The East Division was led by Dike-New Hartford's Calvin Wildeboer with 11 points. The East hit 15 3-pointers.

Both Burroughs and Stull said they've learned significant amounts of information, both on and off the court during their senior seasons that will continue to help them as they pursue post-graduate options.

"Take everything in. Every moment counts and you just have to take everything in," Burroughs said.

For Stull, it was more about looking at the work ethic he's developed during his senior campaign.

"Never give up, because before Christmas break, we were 4-3, and we came back after Christmas break and really worked hard and got to 16-3 after the break," Stull said.

 
 

 

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