In their third game back from the break and third game in the year 2020, the Van Meter boys basketball team put on a victorious show Monday night in a win on the road.
The Bulldogs took on a rescheduled contest with Kuemper Catholic and made things look easy in a 70-44 victory to remain unblemished on the season.
While balance was the name of the game overall, a large portion of the credit could go to the defensive attack that held Kuemper Catholic to just 16 second-half points. Offensively, it marked the eighth straight game that Van Meter has outscored their opponents in the second half and sixth game overall scoring at least 20 points in either the third or fourth quarters.
Things began with quite the shoot out in the first quarter, ending in a 19-15 Van Meter advantage. Adding on a 16-13 run across the second quarter, the Bulldogs took to the halftime break up seven points. That then transitioned into a strong second-half start in a 14-8 third-quarter run, capped off by a 21-8 fourth-quarter run.
It was another big scoring night individually for Anthony Potthoff. The senior tallied 20 points on the night which included going 8-of-14 from the floor. Potthoff also tacked on a team-best five assists on the night, giving him 22 overall for the season. Following his efforts was junior Taylor Birks who highlighted a strong Van Meter depth. The Bulldogs off the bench including Birks who added 13 points, played a big part in the overall scoring efforts. Across the entire game, the Van Meter bench produced over 38 percent of the total scoring on the night. Birks also helped lead the teams’ rebounding efforts with six which tied with Ian Abrahamson.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot 58 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range. For the fourth time this season, Van Meter produced double-digit marks in rebounds, assists, and steals going for 27 rebounds, earning 18 assists, and capturing ten steals.
Their next test will come once again on the road as the Bulldogs take on conference foe Interstate-35 Tuesday, Jan. 14. It will be the nightcap of the girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 7:15 p.m.