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Kyler Bell hits 8 treys for 2nd time in 2 weeks to lift Cedar Rapids Jefferson past Washington

Senior guard ties school record ... again

CEDAR RAPIDS — Doing it once was impressive. Doing it twice ... well, you describe it.

Kyler Bell tied the Cedar Rapids Jefferson single-game record with eight 3-pointers Friday night in an 85-74 win over Cedar Rapids Washington.

That’s actually the second time this boys’ basketball season the senior guard has had a great eight. Make that the second time in two weeks he’s done it.

The first came Jan. 26 against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Brad Tower also had eight treys for the J-Hawks (all in the second half) in a 1998 game.

“Early in the season, I was in a slump and finally got out of it against Kennedy,” Bell said. “My coach told me I was one away from the record. Tonight he told me to put up some more and chase that record. That’s what I did.”

Bell hit his first six attempts from beyond the arc, his very first coming from the corner and deflecting off the glass. He was part of a prolific 14-of-21 performance as a team.

Blaze Bouzek had the other five makes for Jefferson (9-10), including about a 30-footer in the first quarter.

“We had a shootaround today, and I was feeling it,” Bell said. “My coach told me I had to put up more shots because I’ve been shooting, like, 50 percent from the 3-point line lately. I’m a streaky shooter, so if I make the first one, I’m feeling it. After I made that first one tonight, I was like ‘I’m feeling it. I’ve got to keep shooting.’”

“The guys came out and shot the ball extremely well, especially in the first half,” said Jeff Coach Brandon Horman. “We started out the second half pretty well from beyond the arc, but unfortunately we cooled off there towards the end. But, overall, a pretty impressive offensive performance tonight.”

The J-Hawks shot their way to a 44-22 halftime lead. They led by as many as 24 in the second half, though give Washington oodles of credit for never quitting.

The Warriors (8-11) scored 52 second-half points and closed within eight midway through the fourth quarter. Campbell Mitvalsky had a team-high 21 points, Mick McCurry added 17.

“We really let our defense dictate our offense that first half,” Washington Coach Justin Decker said. “We didn’t come out with the fight we needed to right away. Those guys got hot. It started with a bank shot, then all of a sudden our hands are down and another guy hits one and another guy hits one. It becomes contagious, and we find ourselves down 22 at the half.”

AT C.R. JEFFERSON

C.R. WASHINGTON (74): Mick McCurry 4-13 4-4 17, Campbell Mitvalsky 9-14 3-4 21, Max Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Drew Christensen 2-10 0-2 4, Ross Snitker 4-7 3-4 13, Nolan Potter 0-0 4-4 4, Keaton Woods 3-6 1-4 7, Joe McKinstry 2-3 2-2 8, Chandlir Haug 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Knutson 0-0 0-0 0, Jonathon Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 17-24 74.

C.R. JEFFERSON (85): Kyran Ligon 4-5 0-0 8, T.J. Kuennen 1-3 0-0 2, Kyler Bell 9-13 0-0 26, Willie Guy III 3-7 0-0 7. Ozzie Meiborg 4-8 0-0 8, Blaze Bouzek 5-12 0-0 15, Raejzuan Shockley 6-6 2-3 14, Ryan Blum 1-2 1-1 3, Brayden Frazier 0-0 0-0 0, Zachary Grant 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-57 3-4 85.

Halftime — Jefferson 44, Washington 22. 3-point goals — Washington 7-20 (McCurry 3-9, Christensen 0-5, Snitker 2-3, McKinstry 2-3), Jefferson 14-21 (Bell 8-11, Meiborg 0-1, Bouzek 5-6). Rebounds — Washington 23 (Mitvalsky 6), Jefferson 28 (Shockley 6). Total fouls — Washington 8, Jefferson 15. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Washington 8, Jefferson 14.

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