Two twenty plus scoring quarters and four individual double digit scorers helped boost the Van Meter boys basketball team to their 13th straight win of the season Monday night against Central Decatur.
Van Meter handed host Central Decatur their eighth loss on the season by a 74-28 final.
The score marked the fifth time this season where the Bulldogs broke out a 70 plus point game and the third time Van Meter saw four of their own score in double figures. Once again however, just as outstanding as the offense was, it was the defense that was perhaps the most important piece to the puzzle.
“Defense is and always has been a big focus for us,” said junior Anthony Potthoff earlier this season. “When you limit second chance points and the chance for easy buckets, opposing teams get out of rhythm and open the door for us to take advantage of their mistakes. That’s what we’ve been doing this season and so while our offense has been strong, it’s our great defensive play that really makes us successful.”
The stingy Bulldog defense seemed to take things up a notch Monday night allowing just nine first half points. That helped the Van Meter offense to run smoothly and take the Bulldogs into the halftime break leading 42-9, one of their largest halftime advantages of the season. That defensive dominance continued on in the third quarter as Van Meter outscored Central Decatur 12-6. The host Central Decatur team did post up 13 points in the fourth quarter, but it was a 20 point final frame from Van Meter that sealed the deal for good. Those 20 fourth quarter points far out matched their fourth quarter scoring average of 15 points per fourth quarter.
The defense held Central Decatur to just 10-of-36 in two point shooting and a mere six three point attempts, of which they made just two. Central Decatur managed just ten free throw attempts marking quite a clean game for Van Meter overall who suffered just eight fouls all game long.
On an offensive note, Van Meter was led off the bench from junior Zach Madden who put in a near perfect performance with 19 points off of nine-of-ten field goal shooting and a perfect one-of-one from three point range. The junior also added in four total rebounds and two assists.
“If we can lead the way off the boards, we’ll be able to set up our offense with a great chance to score on the other end,” mentioned head coach Jed Alexander earlier this season. “Our rebounding has been strong most nights and that just opens up our offense so much.”
A strong rebounding night is exactly what was had as a whole by the Bulldogs who collected 35 total on the night, tying for the third largest single game rebounding total this season. A big player in the rebounding game on the night was senior Ryan Schmitt who hauled in eleven rebounds on the night to go along with three assists, two steals, and a season single game high eight blocks. All of that without mentioning the fact that eight-of-ten field goal shooting and one-of-three from the free throw line gave Schmitt 17 total points scored on the night.
Spencer Lamb posted up 14 two point field goal attempts, making six shots while connecting on one-of-four from the three point line. With a mark of 75 percent from the free throw line, Lamb totaled 16 points scored on the night. The final double digit scorer on the night was junior Anthony Potthoff who’s eleven points came on five-of-ten shooting from field goal range and one-of-two from three point range. Potthoff also brought his steals total up to 30 on the year with a five steal night Monday.
The Bulldogs keep their perfect record alive which currently rests at 13-0. Their next bout of competitive action will come on Thursday, January 24 as the Bulldogs travel to Guthrie Center to battle the ACGC Chargers.