Promising Iowa City Regina rolls past Tipton, 67-42

IOWA CITY — They didn’t play a lot of games early, so you didn’t really know much about them. But if the Iowa City Regina Regals ever were a secret, they’re probably not anymore.

A 67-42 stroll Tuesday night past Tipton showed how good this boys’ basketball team can be.

“The whole Christmas break, we really haven’t had a break off,” said Regina’s Jocoa Kerschen. “We took Christmas off, then went right back to it.”

A lot of these guys play football, and that season always goes extra long around these parts, so Regina didn’t schedule a game the first week of hoops season. It played only six pre-holiday games, winning the first five and losing to Class 2A second-ranked Cascade, 69-50.

“We had a little letdown there before break with the Cascade game,” said first-year Regina Coach Jared Galpin. “We played a solid half, but didn’t play very well in the second half. So we focused over break on playing a solid four quarters. That was a time where we could catch up on a lot of things we needed to work on, fine tune and get better at.”

Regina (also 6-1 in the River Valley Conference’s South Division) scored the first seven points of this one, took an 18-11 lead after a quarter and kept widening the gap. Kirschen had a game-high 19 points, hitting his first four 3-point attempts.

Masen Miller added 14 points, including banking home a trey between halfcourt and the 3-point line at the halftime buzzer. He and 6-foot-8 center Even Brauns are sophomores, joined in the starting lineup by seniors Kerschen, Jacob Phillips and Zachary Seaman.

This is a good mix of guys who can shoot it, drive it and post up.

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“We played as a team,” Kershcen said. “We made the extra pass, really just looked for each other. Were pretty unselfish.”

Galpin was an assistant coach for the Regals last year, moving up one spot on the bench when Stu Ordman left to start the program at Iowa City Liberty. He has changed some things and kept some things alike.

“The few adjustment he has made have been good for our team, I think,” Miller said. “The way we’re playing defense, we’re playing a different style of defense, and I think that’s working out for us. We shot the gaps last year and denied the wings. This year, we’re playing more back line, but still trying to be semi-aggressive.”

The spread here was surprising since Tipton (8-3 overall) came in leading the RVC South with a 6-1 record. Senior forward Logan Hoffman had a team-high 18 points, but that was four under his average.

“We put a lot of time and work in over break, prepping for this game,” said Galpin. “Tipton’s a very good team, Logan Hoffman is an outstanding player and a very tough guard. The guys executed the game plan very well defensively and offensively.”

In the girls’ portion of this doubleheader, Regina rolled to a 65-34 victory. Senior guard Mary Crompton played for the first time this season for Regina (7-3, 7-2).

The Illinois State signee has been out with a knee injury. She had 12 points.

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TIPTON (42): Frank Bierman 1-4 1-2 3, Logan Hoffman 5-12 6-6 18, Andrew Stewart 2-9 2-2 8, Trent Pelzer 0-4 0-0 0, Jacob Tischuk 3-5 0-0 6, Luke Becker 1-5 2-3 4, Blake Wilkins 1-3 1-2 3, Blaise Thumma 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Deerberg 0-2 0-0 0, Keith Penningroth 0-1 0-0 0, Quinten Mesick 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 13-45 12-15 42.

IOWA CITY REGINA (67): Jocoa Kerschen 7-12 1-1 19, Even Brauns 3-6 0-0 6, Jacob Phillips 3-9 0-0 7, Zachary Seaman 1-4 0-0 2, Masen Miller 6-7 0-0 14, Ryne Schooley 2-3 2-3 6, Bryce Barnett 1-1 4-4 6, Luke Stein 2-4 09-0 5, Blake Berns 1-1 0-1 2, Jacob Sueppel 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Steven Sehl 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Conlon 0-0 0-0 0, Alexander Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 7-9 67.

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Halftime — Regina 34, Tipton 20. 3-point goals — Tipton 4-19 (Hoffman 2-3, Stewart 2-8, Pelzer 0-3, Tischuk 0-1, Becker 0-2, Wilkins 0-1, Penningroth 0-1), Regina 7-15 (Kerschen 4-7, Phillips 1-4, Miller 2-2, Stein 1-2). Rebounds — Tipton 29 (Bierman 8), Regina 28 (Brauns 8). Total fouls — Tipton 9, Regina 12. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Tipton 17, Regina 11.

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