The Waukee boys’ basketball team turned a 12-11 deficit against Ankeny Centennial in the first quarter into a victory after the Warriors outscored the Jaguars in the final three quarters of the game and took a 53-37 win at home.
The Warriors (16-4) had two players with double-doubles while the Jaguars (12-7) had just one player who scored more than four points as they lost their second straight game. The Warriors were 14-of-27 on field goal attempts and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc while the Jaguars were just 12-of-40 from the field and 3-of-23 from 3-point range.
Waukee senior Nathan Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, going 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-8 from the free throw line. He also recorded three blocks in the game.
Dylan Jones, a Waukee junior, was 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe for 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Waukee junior Noah Hart was a perfect shooter in the game. He was 2-of-2 from the field, including 1-of-1 on 3-point attempts and 9-of-9 from the free throw line for 14 points while dishing out six assists.
Waukee senior Jaxx Rittman grabbed six boards while putting five points on the board.
The game’s leading scorer was on the losing side. Centennial senior Hunter Strait was 6-of-13 from the field, scoring 17 points.
The Warriors wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday at Ottumwa and will now move on to the Substate Tournament. The Warriors will host the winner of a game against Indianola and Newton.
The Warriors have not played either team so far this year. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Waukee Field House.