Prep Basketball

Cedar Rapids Washington celebrates 'Throwback Saturday' with win over Mount Pleasant

Warriors play in school's old gym

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was labeled “Throwback Saturday.”

Cedar Rapids Washington’s boys’ basketball team wore special and simple white, red and blue jerseys with the school logo prominent on the front. Music played over the public-address system was mostly from the 1980s.

Most importantly was that the game was played in the school’s old gym, one that was built with the school in 1957 and hasn’t been used for varsity games since a newer gym was built on campus in 1990.

There aren’t as many bleacher sections in it as there used to be, but this was still really cool.

“That was my idea,” said Wash Coach Justin Decker, after his team rallied past Mount Pleasant, 59-41, Saturday afternoon. “I love this gym. I always wanted to do it with Kennedy but was told there probably wasn’t enough seating. I thought it went well. I’m just glad we were able to pull the game out.”

It took a big second half for that last part to happen.

Washington (2-1) amped up its defensive pressure, correspondingly got out in transition and recovered from a four-point halftime deficit. Mount Pleasant (2-4) just couldn’t handle being picked up full court or being trapped in the half court, turning it over 18 times the final two quarters.

“We basically had to be more active and stuff,” said Washington guard Imanuel Rowland. “Kind of stay hyped, I guess. Play with more energy.”

“We had to make adjustments,” Decker said. “I knew our athleticism would bother them. The first half, when we extended full court, they stretched us a little bit. We hadn’t really worked on it, so once they broke it, they were converting. We didn’t get as many steals as I thought we would. But we shrunk the court (in the second half), and, obviously, Imanuel played really well at the top. I think our length and size is going to bother some teams.”

Washington can get down court with warp speed. The Warriors also play a lot of guys.

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Rowland led the way with 13 points here, with Campbell Mitvalsky (12), Mick McCurry and Jamar Thurmon (10 each) also scoring in double figures. This was a good comeback for Wash from a loss Friday night to cross-town rival Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

“Yeah, that was really big. We needed that,” McCurry said. “Just to make us more cohesive of a group and just get us better. It was good not to dwell on that loss. That was a tough loss to take last night.”

Sam Beatty had 14 points to lead Mount Pleasant, which had as many turnovers as shots attempted in the second half.

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AT C.R. WASHINGTON

MOUNT PLEASANT (41): Brody Bender 0-5 1-2 1, Rhett Zeglen 3-6 0-0 7, Sam Beatty 5-9 4-7 14, Keegan Kohorst 4-9 0-0 8, Tucker Johnson 2-4 3-4 9, Clayton Lowery 1-3 0-0 2, Rylan Seberg 0-0 0-1 0, Riley McQuiggin 00-1 0-0 0, Zach Manganello 0-0 0-0 0, Konnor Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Donovan Arledge 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-37 8-14 41.

C.R. WASHINGTON (59): Mick McCurry 5-9 0-0 10, Campbell Mitvalsky 5-9 2-4 12, Jamar Thurmon 4-6 0-0 10, Imanuel Rowland 5-8 2-2 13, Ross Snitker 1-3 0-0 2, Riley Pankey 0-0 0-0 0, Jacques Plummer 1-5 2-2 4, Kaden Bowie 1-1 0-0 2, Brayden Wright 1-1 1-4 4, Quincy Underwood 0-3 0-0 0, Joe McKinstry 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Knutson 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Kramer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-48 7-12 59.

Halftime — Mount Pleasant 27, C.R. Washington 23. 3-point goals — Mount Pleasant 3-11 (Bender 0-1, Zeglen 1-2, Kohorst 0-3, Johnson 2-3, Lowery 0-2), C.R. Washington 4-13 (McCurry 0-3, Thurmon 2-2, Rowland 1-1, Plummer 0-1, Wright 1-1, Underwood 0-3, McKinstry 0-2). Rebounds — Mount Pleasant 24 (Kohorst 6), C.R. Washington 26 (McCurry 6). Total fouls — Mount Pleasant 15, C.R. Washington 19. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Mount Pleasant 25, C.R. Washington 15.

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