With the early June humidity making its presence known, the Cedar Valley CourtKings (10-1) dominated from start to finish on Saturday night as they hosted the Rochester Roadrunners (1-10) at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo.
Looking for the season sweep of the Roadrunners, the Kings won the first regular season meeting of the year back on April 20 in southern Minnesota, beating Rochester by a score of 131-114. In their final meeting in the regular season, the CourtKings were took advantage of a smaller Roadrunner roster and put up their most effective offensive game of the 2019 campaign.
All around, it was a night where the Cedar Valley offense absolutely flourished from the opening tip to the final horn. Led by the precise shooting of Jaree Crawford and Anthony James, the CourtKings opened up the game by hitting eight three point baskets in the first quarter alone to open up a large lead. Reigning MBL Most Valuable Player Brady Burford and the Kings continued to pound the paint in the second quarter as Cedar Valley took an 84-47 lead into the halftime break.
The attack on offense continued into the second half. In the third period, Jared Sutherland and Chamar Wilson came off the bench to continue their string of strong play in recent games. Veteran Queshawn Roby helped cap off the productive night off the bench as well as he set a career-high with the CourtKings with 21 points. Crawford led Cedar Valley with 26 points, while Burford also posted 21, and Sutherland and David Stanley each notched 15 points in the 155-96 win.
In total, eight CourtKings would notch double-digit scoring figures. James would end the night with 15 points, while Emeche Wells and Jordan Burich each would post 13 in the win.
“We’re just playing really good basketball right now,” said Head Coach Michael Mohlis after the CourtKings’ ninth consecutive win of the year. “We really focussed on the little things tonight, and it’s been a fun experience so far.”
The 59 point margin of victory is the largest for the Kings this season, while their 155 points scored are the third most recorded in a single game in team history, behind a 156 point game in the 2016 MBL Playoffs, and a 170 point effort in the 2017 regular season finale.
The CourtKings will continue their four game homestand on Sunday, June 9 with the Eagan Bulldogs coming to town for a 7:30PM showdown. Eagan handed Cedar Valley their only loss of the season back on April 13 on the road by a score of 126-122.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door upon entry at the games, or online at cvcourtkings.com. Fans can experience our new courtside seating for $20 for a single game or all eight home games for $99. Adults single game tickets cost $10, while season tickets run for $59. Youth and college students can purchase single game tickets for $5, season tickets for $30, or youth/college student courtside seating for $15.
Fans can catch the online radio call of all CourtKing games with the voice of the CourtKings John Leo on the Cedar Valley Sports Network by clicking https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=CVCOURTKINGS#/ to listen.
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