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Dubuque Hempstead boys' basketball hands Cedar Rapids Prairie third loss in a row

Jamari Smith scores season-high 22 points as 4A No. 6 Hempstead rebounds from first loss

Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs
Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Dubuque Hempstead boys’ basketball team was anxious to get back on the court.

The Class 4A sixth-ranked Mustangs had not played since a one-point loss at No. 3 Iowa City West Jan. 7. Weather further delayed Hempstead’s drive to get back in the win column by postponing Friday’s game at Cedar Rapids Prairie to Monday night.

The Mustangs took out their frustrations on Prairie in a convincing manner.

“It is all about learning,” Hempstead Coach Curt Deutsch said after the Mustangs overwhelmed the Hawks, 63-48, in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball game. “We had a couple good days of practice. … They were champing at the bit to get out on the floor tonight and you could see that. I thought we had really good energy from the start.”

Hempstead (8-1, 4-1 MVC) scored the first nine points of the game. After Prairie (6-3, 1-3) responded with an 11-1 surge to claim its only lead of the night at 11-10 early in the second quarter, the Mustangs exploded for 16 straight points on their way to a 37-19 halftime lead. Hempstead started the second half with a 16-3 burst and suddenly the lead was 53-22, its largest of the game.

“Mainly our defense,” Hempstead junior Jamari Smith said. “We focused hard on stops and stopping the offensive scorer from transition points. We just got back on ‘D’ a lot. That was the main reason we stopped them.”

Smith led all scorers with a season-high 22 points, which bumped his average up to 15.5 per contest. Fellow junior Michael Duax added 12 points and is now averaging 21.1 per game, which leads the MVC and is tied for eighth in all of 4A.

“It is hard to guard two 6-5 wingmen,” Smith said. “I love Michael. I love playing with him. We just get it going on the transition end because we are so tall and we just distribute the ball to our team.”

Sophomore Gabe Burkle scored 16 points for Prairie, which has lost its last three games.

Boys’ basketball

AT CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE

Class 4A No. 6 Dubuque Hempstead 63, Cedar Rapids Prairie 48

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DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (63): Elijah Herrion 0 0-0 0, Cameron Davis 3 0-0 6, Brock Doyle 0 0-0 0, Kellen Strohmeyer 2 1-2 7, Michael Duax 5 2-5 12, Jack Sabers 3 1-2 7, Matt Sanders 0 0-0 0, Jamari Smith 7 5-6 22, Nicholas Kaesbauer 3 2-2 9, Totals 23 11-17 63.

C.R. PRAIRIE (48): Caden Stoffer 0 0-2 0, Jackson Nove 2 4-4 8, Jake Walter 0 0-0 0, Johnny Joens 2 0-0 5, Elijah Ward 4 2-2 11, Collin Rickertsen 0 0-0 0, Garrett Pientok 2 0-0 4, Max Lampe 0 0-0 0, Caleb Miller 1 0-0 2, Hank Wagemester 0 0-0 0, Gabe Burkle 7 2-2 16, Zach Hilleman 1 0-0 2, Totals 19 8-10 48.

Dubuque Hempstead 10 27 16 10—63

C.R. Prairie 9 10 12 17—48

Three-point goals — Dubuque Hempstead 6 (Smith 3, Strohmeyer 2, Kaesbauer 1); C.R. Prairie 2 (Joens 1, Ward 1). Rebounds — Dubuque Hempstead 31 (Duax 11); C.R. Prairie 25 (Burkle 6). Total fouls — Dubuque Hempstead 12, C.R. Prairie 14. Fouled out — None.

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