Prep Basketball

Iowa City West boys' basketball fills in, shows up and shows out at Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout

Patrick McCaffery scores 32 points as Class 4A No. 9 Trojans dispatch Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 60-43

The Iowa City West bench celebrates during a home game against Waterloo East on Tuesday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
The Iowa City West bench celebrates during a home game against Waterloo East on Tuesday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — On Friday afternoon at the Iowa City West gymnasium, senior Patrick McCaffery was shooting baskets during an open period when boys’ basketball Co-Coach Paul Rundquist walked in with some news.

The Trojans were headed to the U.S. Cellular Center in less than 24 hours to participate in the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout.

“It is interesting prep because we didn’t have a lot of time for it and just kind of popped up out of nowhere,” McCaffery said with a laugh. “Usually we prep for about two or three days.”

Class 4A No. 9 Iowa City West looked plenty ready as McCaffery scored a game-high 32 points in a 60-43 victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy Saturday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest.

“I thought we played really well,” McCaffery said. “We came out and made shots. Our defense was really good. … They’re a really high-level offensive team.”

The original schedule pitted Kennedy against Johnston, but Friday’s snowstorm forced the Dragons to cancel. For West, the opportunity to pick up a second game this week — Friday’s home game with Cedar Rapids Xavier was postponed due to the weather — was preferable even on short notice.

“We did not want to be playing three or four games in a week,” West Co-Coach Steve Bergman said. “We hold serve on getting two games every week. We have a three-game week coming not next week, but the following where we go to St. Louis. It really would just pile up on us. It’s going to help in that regard.”

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As a result, the Kennedy at West game previously scheduled for Feb. 8 was moved up to Saturday. West (10-2, 8-2 MVC) scored 15 of the first 17 points in the game, never trailed and led by as many as 21 points.

“You’re always, as a coach, you’re a little nervous about not having preparation,” Bergman said. “I thought we did a good job of just getting a little bit in last night, then the walk-through we got the rest.”

West made seven 3-point baskets, all in the first half. Junior Even Brauns chipped in eight points for the Trojans.

Junior Jack Wetzel led Kennedy (6-6, 5-5) with 13 points.

C.R. KENNEDY (43): Cole Werling 0 0-0 0, Grant Griffin 0 2-2 2, Trey Sheets 2 2-2 8, Tommy Vanek 0 0-0 0, Brayden Dolphin 1 0-0 3, Michael Gallagher 0 0-0 0, Zach Drahos 1 1-1 3, Caleb Schlaak 2 1-1 5, Tyler Andrews 4 0-0 9, Maki Harris 0 0-2 0, Jack Wetzel 4 2-2 13, Ben Koester 0 0-0 0, Brandtley Koske 0 0-0 0, Paul Cory 0 0-0 0, Josh White 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 8-10 43.

I.C. WEST (60): Jacob Klein 2 0-0 6, Brayden Adcock 1 0-0 3, Tate Crane 0 0-0 0, Joey Goodman 1 0-0 2, Nicholas Pepin 1 0-0 2, Marcus Morgan 3 0-0 7, Patrick McCaffery 13 3-6 32, Ben Vander Leest 0 0-0 0, Charlie Moreland 0 0-0 0, Even Brauns 3 2-2 8, Cole Mabry 0 0-0 0, Logan Moel 0 0-0 0, Totals 24 5-8 60.

Halftime — West, 33-16. Three-point goals — West 7 (McCaffery 3, Klein 2, Adcock 1, Morgan 1), Kennedy 7 (Wetzel 3, Sheets 2, Andrews 1, Dolphin 1). Total fouls — West 16, Kennedy 11. Fouled out — None.

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