Prep Basketball

Center Point-Urbana continues regroup after injury to top player, beats Benton

Center Point-Urbana head boys' basketball coach Mike Halac. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Center Point-Urbana head boys' basketball coach Mike Halac. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Life without Dirks isn’t fun. But at least it was successful this weekend for Center Point-Urbana.

The Stormin’ Pointers beat Vinton-Shellsburg in a Wamac Conference game Friday night, then doubled up with a 73-64 win Saturday afternoon over Benton Community as part of the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center.

This was the seventh game CP-U has played without its best player, all-state forward Grant Dirks, who has a broken bone in his foot. The injury was of a non-contact variety and occurred before the season began.

He played with it for awhile, not telling anyone he was in pain.

“That’s how tough of a kid he is,” said Center Point-Urbana Coach Mike Halac.

But finally the decision was made for him to shut it down. He was in a walking boot Saturday, getting around on one of those little scooter things.

“It was hard (being without him) at first, but I think it’s going to make the team better,” said CP-U’s Mitchell McCauley. “Especially when he comes back. When he comes back, we’re going to be a very solid team.“

They were very solid here, pulling away in the fourth quarter to knock off a good Benton team. Caleb Andrews had a team-high 20 points, McCauley 19 and Cody Westcott 15 for Center Point-Urbana (7-5), which had lost four of five without Dirks going into the weekend.

“The whole team attacked the middle, got each other some open looks ... Just playing as a team offensively,” Andrews said. “This weekend was really important. We’re really pumped now, back on the right track, the winning track. We just want to keep it going from here and stay confident.”

Fine senior guard Spencer Touro led Benton (7-4) with a game-high 34 points, including a half-dozen 3-pointers. Nathan Michels added 18 points for the Bobcats.

There is no concrete timetable for Dirks’ return. No one really knows anything, other than his foot is still swollen.

When he does come back, CP-U will be a handful. These guys are learning to win without him.

With him ...

“We’ll be excited when Grant comes back,” Andrews said.


CENTER POINT-URBANA (73): Cody Westcott 5-6 5-8 15, Mitchell McCauley 6-9 6-9 19, Alex Wade 2-4 0-0 4, Dylan Harris 2-8 3-4 8, Caleb Andrews 6-9 6-6 20, Cameron Hasleiet 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Metzen 1-3 0-0 2, Brodie Breyer 1-1 0-0 2, Brandon Moore 1-3 0-1 2. 24-45 21-29 73.

BENTON COMMUNITY (64): Nathan Michels 5-6 5-6 18, Dylan Spina 0-6 0-0 0, Parker Nolan 1-2 1-4 4, Koal Marshall 0-4 0-0 0, Spencer Touro 12-21 4-4 34, Luke Eibel 0-3 2-2 2, Riley Nolan 1-1 2-2 4, Nolan Krueger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 14-20 64.

Halftime — Center Point-Urbana 32, Benton Community 32. 3-point goals — Center Point-Urbana 4-12 (Hasleiet 0-1, Harris 1-3, Metzen 0-1, McCauley 1-1, Andrews 4-6, Westcott 0-5), Benton Community 10-20 (Touro 6-9, Eiebel 0-1, P. Nolan 1-2, Michels 3-4, Spina 0-4). Rebounds — Center Point-Urbana 21 (Wade 6), Benton Community 18 (Michels 6). Total fouls — Center Point-Urbana 16, Benton Community 21. Fouled out — None. Assists — Center Point-Urbana 14 (Westcott 4), Benton Community 7 (Touro, Marshall, Eiebel, P. Nolan, R. Nolan, Michels, Spina 1). Turnovers — Center Point-Urbana 14, Benton Community 18.

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