The David City boys’ basketball team faded down the stretch in a 65-38 loss to C2 No.5 Centennial Nov.30 in David City.
The Scouts came out firing in the first quarter. A three-pointer by Josh Seibert, two layups by Colin Vandenberg, and a layup by Will Danielson propelled David City to an early 9-0 lead.
“Overall, I was really pleased with how we came out and ran the floor and got out to an early 9-0 lead,” David City coach Cole Carraher said. “Our intensity on the defensive end really allowed us to get going in transition.”
Centennial responded with a bucket from Jackson Hirschfield. By the two minute mark in the first quarter, the Broncos were on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to 9-6.
With under a minute Ian Schlueter hit a three to pull Centennial within one at 12-11. On the next possession, The Scouts held for the last shot of the quarter. Will Danielson hit a three pointer from near mid-court at the buzzer to give David City the 15-11. “We got things going in transition early on that allowed us to finish in the paint or find the open guy on a kick-out,” Carraher said.
Centennial rallied and dominated the second quarter. Heath Hanneman's three pointer early in the period gave the Broncos their first lead at 16-15. Josh Seibert hit his second three of the game to help the Scouts pull even at 18-18 with 5:01 left before halftime.
From there, the Broncos went on a 13-0 run, sparked by back to back threes and a field goal in the corner from Hirschfield. At the half, the Broncos led 31-20.
David City’s Will Danielson made a layup and was fouled to start the third quarter. He missed the freethrow and David City trailed 31-22.
Centennial responded with a 7-0 run and extended its lead to 40-24.
With 13.5 seconds left in the third, the Broncos’ Wyatt Ehlers was fouled on his shot and went to the line. He sank both freethrows and the Broncos led 47-26 to start the final frame.
Centennial outscored David City 18-12 in the fourth quarter, on the way to a 65-38 victory.
“Credit to Centennial, they are returning several guys from a 22 win, state tournament team from a year ago, and they can score as well as they defend,” Carraher said. “I think this game should give us confidence that we have the ability to play with a team like that, we just have to be more composed and able to respond when other teams go on their runs.”
The Scouts were led by Will Danielson with 15 points and Josh Seibert with 11 rebounds.
November 30 at David City
David City (0-1)-15, 5, 6, 12
Centennial (1-0)-11, 20, 16, 18
DC: Danielson-15, Salazar-9, Seibert-8, Vandenberg-6 3 pt. – Salazar 2-3, Seibert 2-5
Centennial: Gierhan-20, Hirschfield-19, Haberman-6, Schlueter-6
Rebounds – DC: Seibert-11, Danielson-6, Salazar-2, Kirby-1, Behrns-1
Centennial: Hirschfield 7, Gierhan 6,
Assists- DC: Salazar-4, Seibert-3, Danielson-1, Vandenberg-1