COLUMBUS — After scoring only 40 points Friday in a season-opening loss to Beatrice, Columbus High christened its new gym Saturday with a record-breaking offensive performance.
The Discoverers hit a school-record 13 3-pointers in a 93-58 victory over South Sioux City.
"It was a great bounceback win for our group," Columbus head coach Jimmy Motz said.
Blake Petersen nearly matched Columbus’ offensive output from Friday night by himself. The 6-foot-3 senior drained five 3-pointers and scored 32 points for the Discoverers.
Motz pushed Petersen the extra mile in the preseason, but only because he knew the team needed him to be an impact player.
“I don’t think anybody saw 32 points coming,” Motz said. “He brought it tonight.”
After giving up an offensive rebound and layup on the first possession of the game, Columbus was off and running.
The 93 points are the most the Discoverers have scored in a game since at least 2003.
“We want to get out and run and play uptempo,” Motz said. “We did a nice job getting shots within the offense. Guys weren’t forcing anything, they let shots come to them.”
Petersen started hot, draining two treys as Columbus scored 14 straight points to take a 14-2 lead just minutes into the game. The lead was double figures the rest of the way.
The Discoverers poured in 29 first-quarter points and led by 15 after the opening period.
Andy Pike’s offensive putback midway through the second quarter gave Columbus 40 points, matching the team's season-opening output.
South Sioux tried to claw back into the game, whittling the deficit to 10 at halftime by crashing the boards.
“We gave up second and third chances that let them back into the game,” Motz said. “We didn’t rebound very well tonight.”
At halftime, Motz emphasized the need to set a tone in the second half and the Discoverers did just that.
Columbus made three 3-pointers to start the second half — two by Pike and one by Petersen — to put the game out of reach.
Everything clicked for CHS over the final eight minutes, when the Discoverers outscored the Cardinals 28-7.
Pike finished with 13 points and Nathan Slusarski added 10.
With opponents focused on taking Michael Koch out of the game, opportunities for other guys to score are opening.
“We got some depth,” Motz said.
But there’s still plenty to work on as Motz knows he can’t expect 90 points every game.
Columbus gave up 51 points through the first three quarters before clamping down for the final period.
“We’re still figuring some things out,” Motz said.
There’s also plenty to build around after that kind of offensive performance.
Columbus has four days of practice before hosting Ralston on Friday. Motz hopes to see another strong effort against the Rams.
“There’s no easy games in Class B this year," he said.