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Boys' basketball notebook: Late start due to football and down a player, Ed-Co still expects to be good

Edgewood-Colesburg's Calvin Heims (42) receives their team trophy following their quarterfinal game of the State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Mar. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Edgewood-Colesburg's Calvin Heims (42) receives their team trophy following their quarterfinal game of the State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Mar. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Football lasted longer than ever. It also caused an injury that will eliminate a returning starter from the equation.

Then you throw in a five-overtime game the other night, and the start of the 2018-19 season for the Edgewood-Colesburg boys’ basketball team has been ... interesting.

“We’re still trying to figure out who we are this year,” said Coach Justin Olind.

Ed-Co made it to the state tournament last season for the first time, losing a quarterfinal game to Tri-Rivers Conference mate North Linn. With a lot of guys back, the Vikings expected to be solid again.

More than solid.

But starter and double-digit scorer Preston Rochford blew out his knee in the football playoffs and just had surgery. He won’t play hoops, obviously, though Olind sees him as a still-important member of his team, more as an off-court leader.

“His role is no less important,” Olind said. “It’s just different.”

Ed-Co lost in the Class A football semifinals, which meant all the guys who played on that team got a late start to basketball. Take that and Rochford’s injury into consideration, and this team is a work in progress.

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The Vikings beat Clayton Ridge and Midland in the opening week, lost to Calamus-Wheatland by two and survived that seemingly never-ending 82-78 game against MFL MarMac. Starting guard Ethan Streicher missed it because of an illness but sophomore backcourt mate Parker Rochford (Preston’s brother) made up for it with a 51-point outing.

And he didn’t even shoot that well, making 18 of 42 shots, 1 of 14 3-pointers and 14 of 23 free throws. The 51 points were five shy of Ed-Co’s school record.

“He just attacked, played,” Olind said. “He put us on his shoulders. We lost a close one Friday night, and he just decided we weren’t going to lose that one, too. He was just like ‘Hey, what play do you want? Let’s go.’ He was just determined.”

With Streicher, Parker Rochford, other returnees and some solid newcomers, Olind — in his 11th season — feels his club will win a lot of games. The bounce you usually get from an initial state tournament appearance has resulted in an increase to 43 players in the program and the hiring of a freshman coach for the first time.

“Each week, we’re getting a little better,” Olind said. “They’re embracing the ‘We work hard.’ We’re fast, you saw that during football. We’re quick on the basketball court, too. We push the tempo, get up and down. We’ve just got to get together enough to where we learn how to play with each other and figure out what our new roles are. What we can and can’t do.

“I like our team. We’ve still got a great team. It’s just that we’ve got to go about it a little differently.”

Streak stoppers

English Valleys snapped a 46-game losing streak Monday night with a 56-52 win over Cedar Valley Christian. The Bears followed a two-point first quarter with a 28-point second, riding what was a 10-point halftime edge to the wire.

Freshmen led EV in scoring: Beau Flander had 13 and Kaden Hall 12.

English Valleys’ previous win was over HLV, 41-35, to begin the 2016-17 season.

Waters on fire

Lisbon’s Hagen Waters splashed eight 3-pointers in his team’s 82-80 win last week over Springville. That’s the most in the state so far this early season.

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Waters hit 157 treys last season, so his big night (which included 33 points) shouldn’t be a surprise.

He is the lone returnee from a 19-5 team in 2017-18. Despite four freshmen in its rotation, Lisbon has won both of its games at the start of this season.

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