Prep Basketball

Northeast rolls past Tipton in WFA Shootout opener

The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — They lost their first game of the season Tuesday night, but there have been no lingering repercussions from it.

The Northeast Rebels have returned to being just fine, especially Saturday morning at the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout. They scored the first 13 points of the game and brushed past Tipton, 61-40, at the U.S. Cellular Center.

This was a River Valley Conference game. Northeast (12-1) dropped one of those Tuesday night, by three points at Class 2A second-ranked Cascade.

The Rebels rebounded to squeak past Monticello on Friday night and dominated here.

“That was a loss, and we’re done with that loss,” said Northeast’s Lucas Empen. “That was Tuesday, this is Saturday now. It’s a completely different day, it’s not a big deal. You’re going to lose in basketball. It’s a sport, it’s a game, you expect it to happen. It’s how you bounce back from it, and we’ve done that great. Two wins against quality opponents.”

Empen is a 6-foot-6 load in the middle for Northeast, saying Saturday he has committed to become a preferred walk-on for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. That’ll be as a tight end or perhaps an offensive lineman.

He scored 16 points here, complemented on the interior by quick-jumping 6-4 forward Braeden Hoyer. He added 15 points, including a dunk.

Guard Dawson Stoll led the way with 18 points, including a half-court 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.


“Our game kind of translates to this place because we are inside-out. We play inside-out basketball,” said Northeast Coach Travis Eversmeyer. “We had some runouts, a longer floor than we’re used to, so that was good. Gives us more space to operate.”

Logan Hoffman led Tipton (10-5) with 15 points. He’s a 6-foot-4 forward with a nice and rare mid-range game.


NORTHEAST GOOSE LAKE (61): Braeden Hoyer 7-11 1-2 15, Lucas Empen 7-12 2-3 16, Trey McAleer 2-3 0-0 4, Dawson Stoll 7-16 0-0 18, Collin Swanton 3-3 2-2 8, Dawson Rickords 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Rickertsen 0-1 0-0 0, Dakota Stevenson 0-1 0-0 0, Jared Rathje 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Junge 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew French 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 5-7 61.

TIPTON (40): Frank Bierman 2-2 0-2 4, Logan Hoffman 8-15 5-5 21, Andrew Stewart 2-9 0-0 4, Luke Becker 2-7 0-0 6, Jacob Tischuk 1-4 1-2 3, Colby Kleppe 0-0 0-0 0, Trent Pelzer 0-2 0-0 0, Bryce Deerberg 0-1 2-2 2, Connor Hermiston 0-0 0-0 0, Quentin Mesick 0-0 0-0 0, Blaise Thumma 0-0 0-0 0, Keith Penningroth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 8-11 40.

Halftime — Northeast 27, Tipton 21. 3-point goals — Northeast 4-12 (McAleer 0-1, Stoll 4-10, French 0-1), Tipton 2-18 (Pelzer 0-1, Hoffman 0-3, Stewart 0-4, Becker 2-6, Tischuk 0-3, Wilkins 0-1). Rebounds — Northeast 33 (Hoyer 11), Tipton 15 (Bierman 8). Assists — Northeast 15 (Stoll 5), Tipton 7 (Tischuk 3). Turnovers — Northeast 12, Tipton 7.

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