Joe Wieskamp gets some help from teammates in Muscatine's 76-57 win over City High

Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp (21) looks for an opening around Iowa City High's Ry Threlkeld-Weigand (24) and Antonio Turner (4) during the first half of a game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, January 13, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp (21) looks for an opening around Iowa City High's Ry Threlkeld-Weigand (24) and Antonio Turner (4) during the first half of a game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, January 13, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Joe Wieskamp is a great basketball player, the state’s best.

But Muscatine is not a great team because the Iowa Hawkeye signee just doesn’t get enough help from his teammates. Though he did Saturday afternoon.

Wieskamp was Wieskamp, collecting a double-double of 38 points and 15 rebounds, but other guys stepped up, too, as the Muskies beat Iowa City High, 76-57, Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center as part of Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout.

“It was like we were too worried about Joe,” said City High sophomore Keshawn Christian. “We’d leave some other guys open on the backside for an easy layup. But then we’d worry about those guys on the backside, and Joe was being Joe. He’d be open and shoot it. It was just hard, mostly on us.”

The 6-foot-6 Wieskamp should fit in well at Iowa, a ready made wing who creates his own looks, shoots it from the arc, in the lane or underneath. He came in leading the state with a 34-point scoring average.

But Muscatine (7-5) had a so-so record and three-game losing streak for a reason. Only forward Jackson Foulk scores more than 5.5 points per game, and he missed the second half here with a left leg injury.

That didn’t matter because 6-foot-7 senior Bryce Howard finished with a season-high 17 points. Time and again, City High (3-8) would face guard and double team Wieskamp, only to have someone (mostly Howard) slip underneath unnoticed and wide open.

Point guard Joshua Hutton had a game-high 11 assists for the Muskies.

“We passed the ball very good from the top, when they’d step off and double,” said Muscatine Coach Gary Belger. “We’ve been doing that all year, but missing two-foot shots all year. Tonight we made the two-foot shot.” Wieskamp made shots from two feet, 12 feet and 22 feet.

“We had other guys step up tonight,” Wieskamp said. “They were double-teaming me early. I was just getting it to our guard on the weak side, and he was able to find easy layups, and the guys were converting.” This game was full of runs. City High scored the first five points, only to see Muscatine get the next 11.

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City High got the next 14 and eventually took a 21-13 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was all Muscatine, which took a 39-31 edge and never looked back.

Guard Christian matched Wieskamp with 18 points in the first half, finishing with a team-high 23. He showed off NBA range at times.

Antonio Turner added 14 points for the Little Hawks.

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

MUSCATINE (76): Alexander Hahn 2-5 0-0 4, Joe Wieskamp 13-19 8-9 38, Jackson Foulk 3-5 0-0 7, Joshua Hutton 2-6 0-0 5, Jose Melendez 2-3 1-2 5, Cooper Zeck 0-0 0-0 0, Tyree Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Jose Martinez III 1-1 0-0 2, Gabriel Mulder 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan Dierks 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Owen 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Logel 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Howard 7-9 1-1 15. Totals 30-48 10-12 76.

IOWA CITY HIGH (57): Keshawn Christian 7-17 6-7 23, Carter Westlake 3-7 0-0 9, Ry Threlkeld-Weigand 1-3 1-2 4, DeAngelo McNeil 2-2 0-0 4, Jeremy Kambomba 0-1 0-0 0, Antonio Turner 4-11 2-2 14, Luke Young 0-4 0-0 0, Malik Kimber 0-0 0-0 0, Jaycorde Hickman 0-0 0-0 0, Amadou Diallo 0-0 0-0 0, Quincy Wells 1-3 0-0 3, Jason Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Wyatt Streeby 0-0 0-0 0, Liam McComas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 9-11 57.

Halftime — Muscatine 39, Iowa City High 31. 3-point goals — Muscatine 6-11 (Melendez 0-1, Hutton 1-2, Foulk 1-2, Wieskamp 4-6), Iowa City High 12-31 (Turner 4-8, Young 0-2, Westlake 3-7, Christian 3-9, Threlkeld-Weigand 1-3, Wells 1-2). Rebounds — Muscatine 29 (Wieskamp l5), Iowa City High 15 (Young 5). Total fouls — Muscatine 12, Iowa City High 14. Fouled out — None. Assists — Muscatine 17 (Hutton 11), Iowa City High 11 (Westlake, Christian 3). Turnovers — Muscatine Muscatine 10, Iowa City High 11.

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