Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm / Updated at 10:29 pm
basketball
Crusaders cruise past Dusters

Grand Island Central Catholic had the inside-outside game clicking in a 66-33 victory over Holdrege Tuesday night at Central Catholic High School.

Youhanna Ghaifan, a 6-foot-4 junior, took care of things inside with 21 points while juniors Brett Wiens and John Rohweder were lighting it up from outside.

Wiens was 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point land for 18 points while Rohweder was 4-for-6 for 12 points. The Class C-1 No. 7 Crusaders (8-2) were 11 for 16 as a team from long range.

"We’ve been wanting to get Johnny and Brett on the floor together at the same time," GICC coach Tino Martinez said. "But sometimes defensively that creates some matchup problems for us. Tonight it worked out in our favor and they were both in rhythm."

Martinez said that kind of outside shooting is important for the Crusaders.

"It’s huge. It just loosens things up," Martinez said. "It makes it hard to double Youhanna. If they double him after he catches it, that doesn’t concern me as much as if they are able to double him before he catches it because that eliminates him getting the ball in his hands."

Holdrege first-year head coach Drake Beranek said the Dusters (4-5) knew what they wanted to do, but the Crusaders stepped up and made shots.

"If they’re making their perimeter shots with Yo inside, they become a really dangerous, dangerous team," Beranek said. "When that happens, our guys have to step up, kind of weather the storm a little bit, and then continue to fight and push on. We have to take it as a learning opportunity for us as a team and make sure we bounce back and become a better team throughout the rest of the year."

Beranek said the Dusters wanted to limit easy touches for Ghaifan on the inside and for Rohweder and Wiens outside.

"They stepped in and did what GICC does and made some shots," he said. "You could tell their kids spent quite a bit of time in the gym. That’s a fun kind of basketball."

Holdrege led 7-3 early on seven points by senior Andrew Maaske. Martinez called a timeout and made a defensive change. putting Ghaifan on Maaske in place of Phoenix Stevenson.

Maaske scored all of his team-high 12 points in the first quarter.

"We knew he was a very good player," Martinez said. "We knew he was very aggressive with his duck ins and seal opportunities in the paint. Phoenix just got caught below him, so we switched and put a bigger player in Youhanna on him and then they had trouble attacking him inside.

"I was just worried about his quickness and his athleticism, but Youhanna did an excellent job on him once we switched that up."

GICC stretched its lead to 37-22 at the half by outscoring the Dusters 17-7 in the second quarter. The third quarter was more of the same. Rohweder got GICC going in the third with two quick 3-pointers and the Crusaders extended the lead to 54-27 heading into the fourth.

"Brett was shooting the ball well and Johnny Rohweder," Martinez said. "Our screening wasn’t really that great but improved as the game went on. But Youhanna just draws so much attention and that opens some things up on the perimeter. We were able to have a balanced attack. Phoenix and Eli (Hunter) did a good job getting the shooters the ball when they were open and in rhythm."

Martinez had Wiens playing some junior varsity of late to try to work on his shooting touch as well as his defense.

"He has shot the ball better the last couple weeks and has been a little bit better defensively too," Martinez said. "If those two things continue to come along for him, he’s going to be a big piece of the puzzle for us. Hopefully he continues to improve in both those areas and our team continues to improve in those areas."


GICC 66, Holdrege 33

HOLDREGE (4-5)

Kreutzer 2-6 0-0 5, Karlson 3-5 0-1 8, Hixson 2-4 0-0 4, Maaske 5-7 0-0 12, Berney 0-4 0-2 0, Hohensee 0-1 0-2 0, Huston 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 0-1 0-0 0, Hosier 0-1 0-0 0, Schroeder 2-4 0-0 4, Hunke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-33 0-3 33.

GRAND ISLAND CC (8-2)

Stevenson 1-4 0-1 2, Brokaw 1-1 0-0 2, Rohweder 4-6 0-0 12, Hunter 3-6 1-1 7, Ghaifan 7-10 7-8 21, Bernal 0-0 2-2 2, Pfeifer 1-1 0-0 2, Heidelk 0-1 0-0 0, Wiens 6-8 0-0 18, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Beck 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-41 9-11 66

Holdrege 15 7 5 6—33
Grand Island C 20 17 17 12—66

3-point goals — Holdrege 5-14 (Karlson 2-3, Maaske 2-3, Kreutzer 1-5, Berney 0-1, Butler 0-1, Schroeder 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Holdrege 14 (Hixson 3). GICC 24 (Ghaifan 7). Turnovers — Holdrege 11, GICC 4. Total fouls — Holdrege 10, GICC 7. Technicals — None.

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