Posted On: 06/17/16 6:07 PM
Ben Juhl was sensational for Des Moines Christian, but Cade Moritz was the neutralizer in the paint for the Roughriders, both scored 20 and the Riders escaped with the narrow win. Moritz, a 6-foot-7 2018, conformed after the game that he has indeed transferred to Roosevelt. Roughrider forward Mhiyu Thomas was hard-to-handle for the Lions as well — he finished with 12 points. Both of these teams have good seasons in store next winter.
It was the Marco Balderas show early and the Hawks 5-foot-8 point guard was dazzling throughout; assisting, swiping steals and connecting on several 3s to spur his team to the blowout win. Collin Hill was bruising into the lane often, Lebron’ing his way to a game-high 20 points. Hill’s little brother Conner Hill — a sophomore-to-be –chipped in with 10 of his own. That trio will be fun to watch next season for South Hamilton fans.
Again the Roughriders were impressive, and again it was 2017 Mhiyu Thomas and 2018 Cade Moritz who led the way, both scoring 17 points. Other new faces to the Riders’ varsity squad are Dowling transfer Jacob Johnson, the 6-foot-6 post scored 10, and Landon Ingle, a tall and defensive-minded wing, both 2018s. Sam Allen was sensational for Grinnell — who was playing without Zaine Leedom and Cade McKnight (injury) — he scored a game-high 26 points, showcasing a buttery stroke and some much-improved handles.
6:00 — South Hamilton vs Albia
It was a very slow start for Albia, and South Hamilton raced out to a substantial early lead before taking a 24-13 advantage into the break. The big lead allowed for the Hawks to play some guys that otherwise wouldn’t see the floor as much. And it was Collin Hill’s little brother Conner Hill who was torching the opponent this time around, scoring a game-high 14 points. Collin added eight points while helping his team move to 2-0 for the day.
7:15 — Grinnell vs Pella Christian
Again Sam Allen was great, sometimes jaw-dropping good. But again Grinnell lost. The absence of big-man Cade McKnight and wing Zaine Leedom is glaring, and Allen’s 29 points in this one just weren’t enough. Pella Christian was without its star point guard Levi Jungling, he was at the University of Iowa for a football visit. Still, the Eagles showcased great depth, to along with some very nice size in the post. David Kacmarynski led Pella Christian with 16 points. Caleb Roose was on fire in the first half, the shooting guard scored 14 in the game.