Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:38 pm
Lewis Central forces early errors, gets jump on Atlantic

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Surging Lewis Central has seemingly found something lately. Young Atlantic is still searching.

After giving up a basket in the opening seconds of Friday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference game, the Titans scored 18 of the next 20 points in their 56-37 victory over the Trojans, who are winless in league play.

L.C. (7-6) forced seven early turnovers that led to transition baskets facilitated by senior point guard Tony Rew, who finished the third straight win by the Titans with 17 points and six assists. He had a pair of field goals and set up three others in the decisive opening period.

The outcome Friday was never in doubt as Lewis Central, 5-2 in the Hawk-10, led by double figures the rest of the way.

“That’s always a goal, to jump out on anyone early,” Rew said. “With a young squad like that, you try to put them away ... step on their throat when you get up.

“But they stayed in there. They hung tight. They’re going to be good in a few years.”

The Trojans fell to 2-9 overall and 0-8 in the Hawkeye Ten under first-year coach Alan Jenkins. The Atlantic graduate, who was a basketball and football assistant and the head track coach at Abraham Lincoln before returning to his alma mater, said the game appeared to be “men versus boys” Friday.

His first Trojan team returned almost no varsity experience from a senior-laden squad that went 22-2 last season under now-retired coach Steve Blazek, who mentored Jenkins as a prep player.

“Part of our biggest problem is we don’t get to practice against the strength and speed we see now on Tuesday and Friday nights,” Jenkins said. “It takes us a while to adjust to it. That’s very evident.

“At some point, we’re going to have to learn from what is going on. If we’re not as strong and not as quick, we’ve got to find other ways.”

Atlantic played the Titans even in the second quarter, then Rew went on a personal 7-0 run in the third as Lewis Central’s lead grew to 22. Senior Lincoln Rodenburg recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans to help his team stay in contention for the league title.

Lewis Central coach Dan Miller said he’s proud of the way his squad is playing after a 4-6 start to the season.

“It’s a tribute to our seniors right now that are leading us and understanding that defense is important,” he said. “If you play defense, you can really put the screws down on people and make it hard for them. I thought we established that tone not only early in the game, but early in the third quarter.

“In the last week and a half, we’re starting to understand how we need to play the game. And that’s with defense, rebounding and taking care of the basketball. We’ve really committed ourselves in practice to rebounding the ball better and just having quality possessions.”

The Titans held Atlantic to two field goals in both the first and third periods. They also limited their turnovers, with the exception of a stretch in the second quarter when the Trojans went on a small run.

“We’re getting on the right track right now, I feel like,” Rew said. “Winning three in a row is going to feel great. Hopefully, we can get a couple of more next week.”

Atlantic (2-9, 0-8) .......................................... 4 12    5 16—37

At CB Lewis Central (7-6, 5-2) .......................................... 16 12 13 15—56

A: Walker 1-8 2-2 4, Hawkins 3-12 1-2 7, Franken 3-13 0-2 7, Podhajsky 1-2 0-0 2, Wieser 3-3 1-2 7, Holmes 0-0 0-2 0, Peterson 3-4 1-2 7, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Brockman 1-1 0-0 3, Thomsen 0-0 0-0 0, Krueger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-43 5-12 37.

LC: Rodenburg 6-13 2-4 15, Moran 1-5 0-0 2, Nixon 0-2 0-0 0, Brinkman 3-4 2-2 8, Rew 7-10 1-1 17, Larson 2-6 0-2 4, Cook 1-2 0-0 3, Simmons 1-2 0-0 2, Hanafan 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Morgan 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 23-48 5-9 56.

3-point goals: A 2-10 (Walker 0-3, Hawkins 0-1, Franken 1-5, Brockman 1-1), LC 5-12 (Rodenburg 1-1, Moran 0-2, Nixon 0-1, Rew 2-5, Cook 1-1, Simmons 0-1, Baker 1-1). Rebounds: A 26 (Hawkins 9), LC 31 (Rodenburg 11). Assists: A 6 (Walker, Hawkins 2), LC 13 (Rew 6). Turnovers: A 18, LC 14. Total fouls: A 13, LC 17. Fouled out: None.

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Tony Boone is a staff writer for The World-Herald. He primarily covers high school and college sports in western Iowa.

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