Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:02 am
BASKETBALL
Red-hot Eagles down Rebels

WOOD RIVER — Wood River didn’t have much time to recover from an overtime loss to Fillmore Central on Thursday night.

The Eagles were right back on the floor Friday against Lou-Platte Conference rival Arcadia-Loup City, but they were more than ready.

Wood River made 26-of-43 shots from field (60.5 percent) in a 70-57 victory over the Rebels.

The Eagles (8-5) did it on the inside as Matt Rennau scored 16 points and Dylan Mayfield 14 to lead the way.

"That’s what we emphasized today," Wood River coach Dave Bahe said. "We needed to have more inside presence. Fillmore Central pushed us outside quite a bit last night. We were taking some long threes. We hit a few.

"Tonight I was really proud of our guys. They worked hard to get position and play the game."

The Eagles were 15-for-24 shooting in the first half. Many of those shots were uncontested in the lane.

"That’s what we talked about before the game," Coach Bahe said. "If we can pound it inside, it’s going to help our outside game. We had to hit some threes, but we didn’t really need to take it over on the outside because my posts did the job inside tonight."

Arcadia-LC coach Paul Henry took the blame for the defensive lapses. He said the Rebels (9-4) were too concerned with Wood River’s outside shooting by guards Jaime Rojas and Nate Bahe.

"That was a coaching error on my part," Henry said. "We were so worried about their outside shooting on the back side worried about their skip passes, we would take a step and creep a little bit early and they made us pay for it. Other teams haven’t done that, but they made us pay for it tonight."

Rojas did score 12 points for the game, but both guards dished out a number of assists as they found open teammates underneath the basket.

"Jaime and Nate both see the floor well and can pass the ball well at different angles," Coach Bahe said. "It’s a definite plus to have two guards like that who can see the floor and know the game, the different angles and everything."

Senior guard Brady Rasmussen led Arcadia-Loup City with 26 points, but didn’t play in the final six minutes after dislocating a toe. Henry said they popped the toe back in, but it’s going to look bad for a while.

Henry said Rasmussen tried to talk the coaches into putting him back in the game.

"When you’re down 14 or 15 — even if you’re ahead — we’re not going to take a chance with a kid like Brady," Henry said. "He’s so dynamic as a scorer. Right now he is having such a great season. He can score from anywhere. The other guys that were out there, we just started attacking the basket and tried to play the blue-collar basketball."

The Rebels played Wood River even on the scoreboard the fourth quarter, but even isn’t good enough if you’re down 13 points.

Wood River held a 37-22 lead at the half, and that was too much for Arcadia-Loup City to overcome.

"We dug ourselves a whole the first quarter and second quarter," Henry said. "Wood River’s execution against both of our defenses, whether it was match-up or man, really got us on our heals. We made some adjustments at halftime and hung with them, but every time we made a run they would answer."

Robbie Ritz was also in double figures for the Rebels with 14 points. Dave Bahe said the Eagles were concentrating on Rasmussen, Ritz and Matt Jarzynka.

"We kind of sagged off a little bit and helped with the other two guys and just made sure we stayed in front of Rasmussen," he said. "We knew he could dribble drive and pull up on a three. We decided we would give up the three. We backed up a little bit and tried to protect the house and just see if he could jump down the long shot instead of giving up the old fashioned three."

ARCADIA-LC (9-4): Rasmussen 10-19 3-5 26, Charles 0-1 0-0 0, G. Lewandowski 1-4 0-0 2, Ritz 3-9 10-10 14, Jarzynka 2-4 1-2 5, Peters 0-2 0-0 0, C. Lewandowski 0-0 0-0 0, Price 1-1 0-0 3, Dethlefs 0-0 0-0 0, T. Lewandowski 2-3 1-2 5, Guinarte 0-2 0-0 0, Peters 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 17-21 57.

WOOD RIVER (8-5): Bahe 2-6 2-2 8, Rojas 3-9 4-5 12, Mayfield 6-7 2-2 14, Rennau 7-8 2-3 16, Boshart 3-7 0-0 7, Gideon 4-4 2-3 11, Skeen 1-2 0-0 2, Loy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-43 13-15 70.

Arcadia-LC ............................ 15 7 17 18—57
Wood River ............................ 21 16 15 18—70

3-point goals — Arcadia-LC 4-12 (Rasmussen 3-6, Dethlefs 1-1, C. Lewandowski 0-1, Guinarte 0-2, Ritz 0-2). Wood River 5-17 (Bahe 2-6, Rojas 2-7, Boshart 1-4). Fouled out — Jarzynka, Boshart. Rebounds — Arcadia-LC 21 (Ritz 6). Wood River 28 (Mayfield 6). Turnovers — Arcadia-LC 13, Wood River 14. Total fouls — Arcadia-LC 13, Wood River 17. Technicals — None.

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