Lohaus returns, Iowa City West scores 102 points

UNI signee part of 102-74 win over C.R. Jefferson

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CEDAR RAPIDS — There was a point when Tanner Lohaus feared his prep basketball career was over.

He was sitting in a hospital, waiting to be checked on by a doctor after injuring his right foot and ankle during a mid-December game against Cedar Rapids Washington. The Iowa City West senior forward and University of Northern Iowa signee came down on it awkwardly, felt some tearing and a whole lot of pain.

“I thought the bone might be sticking out,” Lohaus said.

It wasn’t, thank goodness. He ended up getting multiple diagnoses but believes his foot dislocated before eventually falling back into place after being given some medication that relaxed his muscles.

A lot of rest and rehab followed, and he made his return to the court Friday night at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. It was a successful one, as the Class 4A second-ranked Trojans rolled to a 102-74 victory.

“That was really exciting,” Lohaus said. “Forty-nine days off will get you pumped up to get back. I was really nervous, I’m not going to lie. I ran out of breath pretty fast there. Up and down the floor, I was pretty tired ... But my conditioning was better than I thought it was going to be, so I think I’ll be all right.”

Lohaus played less than half the game, which West (13-3) took care of quickly via a 34-point first quarter. The Trojans led at the break, 58-36, and ended up going over the magical 100-point mark in the closing seconds for the first time in the 30-year career of head coach Steve Bergman.

Everything worked offensively, as West pushed the ball, shot 61 percent from the floor and had four guys score in double figures. Connor McCaffery and Wali Parks led the way with 20 points apiece, Devontae Lane and Alex Henderson had 14 each, and Patrick McCaffery added 13.

Lohaus, by the way, had six points, including a layup off the opening tip two seconds in. Welcome back.

“I don’t know. Honestly, we were open all the time,” said Connor McCaffery. “And we made shots. We made layups and 3s. That’s just the way it went.”

“We made a lot of shots,” Bergman said. “We looked at the statistics from last year, and Alex is way down in shooting, and Devontae is, too. I thought ‘A, we don’t run our offense as well as we did. B, we don’t run our break as well as we should.’ So we really worked on those this week. We ran the break really well for a good long time.”

West hosts Class 3A second-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier in what should be a doozy Saturday night. For Jefferson (6-11), this was a real downer from a week ago, when it upset Linn-Mar on a last-second putback.

The J-Hawks couldn’t have asked for much more offensively, shooting 60 percent from the floor, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Adam Van Oort and Kane Kramer had 18 points apiece, making six combined treys.

But defense was another story. A sad one, obviously.

“Our guys still played hard, they competed,” said Jeff Coach Brandon Horman. “It was little mistakes (defensively) that made a big difference. We kind of reverted back to some old, bad habits.”

AT C.R. JEFFERSON

IOWA CITY WEST (102): Tanner Lohaus 3-6 0-0 6, Wali Parks 7-8 6-6 20, Connor McCaffery 7-12 3-4 20, Devontae Lane 4-8 6-8 14, Alex Henderson 4-8 3-4 14, Patrick McCaffery 4-5 5-6 13, Nate Barnes 2-4 0-0 4, Dallas Majors 2-2 1-2 5, David Pederson 0-2 0-0 0, Nate Disterhoft 0-0 1-2 1, Izaya Ono-Fullard 0-0 0-2 0, Logan Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Bo Nock 2-2 0-0 5, August Nicklaus 0-0 0-0 0, Joshua Van Roekel 0-0 0-0 0. 35-57 25-34 102.

C.R. JEFFERSON (74): Valentino Green 2-5 0-2 4, Adam Van Oort 8-13 0-0 18, Dennis McKinney 2-3 0-2 4, Kane Kramer 7-9 0-0 18, Royshawn Webb 6-10 2-9 14, James Brown Jr. 2-4 2-4 6, Grant Wiederin 1-1 0-0 3, Treyton McCauley 0-0 0-1 0, Zachary Larsen 1-1 0-0 3, Brandon Burnett 0-0 0-0 0, Curtis Shaw 0-2 2-2 2, Zach Szabo 0-0 0-0 0, Dakota Hulsing 0-0 2-2 2, Isaiah Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Dedrick Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Hart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-48 8-22 74.

Halftime – West 58, Jefferson 36. 3-point goals – West 7-13 (Lohaus 0-1, C. McCaffery 3-4, Lane 0-1, Henderson 3-4, P. McCaffery 0-1, Pederson 0-1, Nock 1-1), Jefferson 8-14 (Van Oort 2-4, Kramer 4-6, Wiederin 1-1, Larsen 1-1, Shaw 0-1). Rebounds – West 27 (Parks 7), Jefferson 27 (Green, Van Oort, Brown 4). Total fouls – West 18, Jefferson 23. Fouled out – None. Turnovers – West 7, Jefferson 21.

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