Linn-Mar goes the distance, shoots past Cedar Rapids Prairie, 83-67

Lions hit 15 3-pointers in impressive victory

MARION — Trey dominated this game. Scratch that. Make that the trey.

The Linn-Mar Lions went the distance Friday night, putting up a shooting display among the best in school history and riding it to an uber-impressive 83-67 boys’ basketball win over Cedar Rapids Prairie.

It seemed like everything from 3-point range was going in for Linn-Mar (4-1). Almost everything did.

Highlights: Linn-Mar 83, Prairie 67

“We got it going as a team,” said senior guard Jacob Robertson. “It felt like we didn’t miss very much, especially in that first half. Pretty incredible.”

Linn-Mar took 22 shots from beyond the arc in the game and made 15. Head coach Chris Robertson wasn’t exactly sure, but thought 16 makes was the school record.

Prairie’s emphasis defensively was to stop leading scorer Trey Hutcheson, which it accomplished. The 6-foot-6 junior wing came in averaging 18 points a game but had only three.

Everyone else, though, was a different story. Jacob Robertson (the coach’s son) hit four treys in an 18-point first half, finishing with a career-high 21 points.

Cole Martin came off the bench and had three triples and 11 points. That was nothing compared to Greg Hall, who scored 17 points and went 5-for-5 from distance in a reserve role, including a 25-footer at the end of the third quarter.

Like most of Linn-Mar’s 3-pointers on this night, it hit nothing but net.

“I like practicing those all the time,” he said, with a smile. “I just came up, wide open, let it fly.”

“It just feels like you can’t miss,” Jacob Robertson said. “I’ve been struggling before this game, but I got the first one to go, and they just kept falling for me tonight. It was great.”

This was a second consecutive game in which Prairie (2-2) has been lit up by an opponent. The Hawks surrendered 85 points in a lopsided loss Tuesday night to Cedar Falls.

The thing here was Coach Jeremy Rickertsen didn’t necesarily feel his club played poorly. Griff Clark had a game-high 22 points for the Hawks, who themselves shot it a clip that was over 50 percent from the field.

“Tuesday night, we got outplayed all over the floor, and Cedar Falls shot it well. Tonight, I loved our effort,” Rickertsen said. “Our defensive energy was better, we held Hutcheson to whatever, single digits ... It just seemed like everything they threw up was going in.”

“We knew tonight was going to be a battle and a fun game,” Chris Robertson said. “They like to get up and down a little bit, and we do, too. Fortunately we shot it well. We just have not shot it well from 3 until tonight. We got a few down, and that really helped us.”

AT LINN-MAR

C.R. PRAIRIE (67): Harrison Cook 5-7 0-0 10, Logan Burg 5-8 1-1 12, Keegan Murray 3-6 1-2 9, Kris Murray 4-12 1-2 10, Griff Clark 7-15 6-8 22, Aaron Longwell 0-0 0-0 0, Quinn Langfitt 2-3 0-2 4, Matt Walter 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Trpkosh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-51 9-15 67.

LINN-MAR (83): Jaren Nelson 1-2 0-1 1, Nate Hutcheson 1-6 1-2 3, Nate Annis 2-3 0-0 4, Jacob Robertson 7-9 3-6 21, Nolan Ruff 5-10 2-2 14, Cole Martin 4-7 0-0 11, Jack Gertsen 3-4 0-0 6, Greg Hall 6-7 0-0 17, Hayden Passmore 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 31-50 6-12 83.

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Halftime — Linn-Mar 44, Prairie 29. 3-point goals — Prairie 6-17 (Cook 0-1, Burg 1-1, Ke. Murray 2-3, Kr. Murray 1-5, Clark 2-7), Linn-Mar 15-22 (Robertson 4-4, Nelson 1-1, Ruff 2-6, Martin 3-6, Hall 5-5). Rebounds — Prairie 23 (Cook 7), Linn-Mar 28 (Hutcheson, Annis, Martin 4). Total fouls — Prairie 15, Linn-Mar 13. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Prairie 10, Linn-Mar 11.

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