Boys Basketball

Seeking consistency, Linn-Mar pulls away from Western Dubuque at WFA Shootout

Lions improve to 7-5 with 74-44 win

CEDAR RAPIDS — Don’t ask them, because they honestly don’t know.

Where are the Linn-Mar Lions as we approach February and the latter stretches of the boys’ basketball season? Their best answer is ...

“A little inconsistent,” said Linn-Mar’s Trey Hutcheson, after his team’s 74-44 beatdown of Western Dubuque as part of Saturday’s Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center. “We can be really good on nights, and we can be not so good on nights.”

Kind of like this game. Linn-Mar (7-5) gave up 20 points and trailed by five after the first quarter, but allowed just 24 points the rest of the way.

A little good, a little bad. Lose one, win one.

“I want us to take three steps forward,” said Coach Chris Robertson. “Not one step forward and one step back. That’s where we’ve been right now. We look good at times, then not very good some nights.”

Western Dubuque (11-3) shock the heck out of it in the first, connecting on four 3-pointers. But the Bobcats did hit another triple until midway through the fourth quarter.

Robertson said it wasn’t any sort of huge defensive adjustment. Western Dubuque Coach Dennis Geraghty felt it was a matter of his shooters not having legs, the affects of an overtime game played Friday night against Solon.

“We played a pretty good first half,” Geraghty said. “Then I thought we got gassed. We were late getting to their shooters.”

Linn-Mar extended a tenuous 27-24 halftime lead to 35-26 on a Jacob Robertson 3-pointer 2:25 into the third. The margin continued to grow from there.

Junior forward Trey Hutcheson couldn’t be stopped on the block, finishing with 19 points. That included a 9-for-10 performance from the free-throw line.

Cole Martin came off the bench to make all five of his field-goal attempts for a 12-point game. Robertson added 11.

Jordan Lake led WD with 13 points. Calvin Harris added 11.

“We weren’t rebounding very well to start with,” Hutcheson said. “They’re a good-shooting team, and they were getting a lot of open shots. We just had to get hands up and realize they weren’t going to shoot light’s out all night.”

“I just want us to play,” Coach Robertson said. “Play with energy and have fun out there. Some nights when we struggle, it just looks like we’re at the dentist. It’s painful ... So you’re guess is as good as mine (where we’re at). I like our guys, I really do.”

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

WESTERN DUBUQUE (44): Alec Wulfekuhle 1-1 0-0 2, Kale Cartee 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Goodman 2-4 1-2 6, Jordan Lake 3-11 6-6 13, Calvin Harris 4-14 0-0 11, Kyle Lehmann 2-3 0-0 4, Kyle Cleary 2-4 0-0 4, Justin Kluesner 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Welty 0-3 0-0 0, Dylan Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Will O’Brien 0-0 2-2 2, Matt Maiers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-43 9-10 44.

LINN-MAR (74): Jaren Nelson 3-7 0-0 6, Trey Hutcheson 5-12 9-10 19, Nate Annis 3-4 0-0 6, Jacob Robertson 4-7 1-2 11, Nolan Ruff 2-3 0-0 5, Hayden Passmore 0-1 0-0 0, Jack Gertsen 2-2 0-0 4, Cole Martin 5-5 0-0 12, Greg Hall 2-3 0-0 6, Tyler Oberbroeckling 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett Friday 0-0 0-0 0, Cam Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Eli Havlik 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 27-45 12-14 74.

Halftime — Linn-Mar 27, Western Dubuque 24. 3-point goals — Western Dubuque 5-16 (Cartee 0-1, Goodman 1-3, Lake 1-3, Harris 3-7, Welty 0-1), Linn-Mar 8-20 (J. Nelson 0-4, Hutcheson 0-4, Robertson 2-4, Ruff 1-1, Passmore 0-1, Martin 2-2, Hall 2-3, Havlik 1-1). Rebounds — Western Dubuque 18 (Lehmann 4), Linn-Mar 28 (Hutcheson 7). Total fouls — Western Dubuque 13, Linn-Mar 10. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Western Dubuque 11, Linn-Mar 11.

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