WATERLOO, Iowa—The Cedar Valley CourtKings (4-3) continued their stint at home, hosting league leaders, the Chicago Fury (5-2). The CourtKings overwhelmed the Fury, 130 -94.
Seven CourtKings landed in double figures. Andre Norris led the CourtKings with 29 points. Marvin Singleton followed with 21 points. Gage Heffernan had 15 points with Wakefield Ellison right behind bring 14 points. Anthony James nabbed 12 points and Lamar Wall and LaDon Singleton each had 11 points. Norris and Marvin Singleton would get double-doubles tonight, each having 10 rebounds. Clay Cook would also reach double figures in rebounding at 10.
The CourtKings came out strong, making 3 of their 4 opening baskets. James kept the CourtKings rolling with a coast-to-coast run in the first quarter.
The CourtKings and the Fury traded shots in the first quarter, 28-22.
The Fury’s 22 points in the first quarter, was the most that the CourtKings had allowed on their home court.
The CourtKings continued to push their lead and entered halftime, leading 59-44.
“We were able to be more comfortable around each other….It was a good test for us,” remarked Anthony James on the rematch against the Fury.
The CourtKings showed their defensive strength and held the Fury to their 44 points during the first 2 ½ minutes of the second half.
Heffernan grabbed the spotlight in the third quarter, making 2 buckets, grabbing 3 offensive rebounds and an assist.
The CourtKings, led by Norris, continued to extend their lead in the fourth quarter. Norris and Marvin Singleton both got their double-doubles in the fourth quarter.
“We still have room to improve and we are only halfway through the season,” said Andre Norris. “We appreciate the fans and the sponsors.”
“We already knew they were going to shoot three’s,” said head coach Stan Hughes. “(We) still have things to take care and they are little things. We aren’t quite there yet. Still have I’m most impressed with the fact that we had 32 assists tonight. That means we are sharing the ball.”
The CourtKings travel to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Broncos in a rematch game. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Fans, be sure to come out on June 25 for Ali Farokhmanesh night! The CourtKings play host to the Wisconsin Storm at 7:30 p.m. Former UNI player and current Nebraska Director of Player Development, Ali Farokhmanesh, will be at the game signing autographs for fans.
In the MBL West, the Minnesota Rangers held off the Wisconsin Storm in a nail-biting game. The Rangers came out on top, 100-99. Lincoln Lions played host to the Minnesota Broncos and protected their home court, 127-102.
In the MBL East, the Dayton AirStrikers beat the Indiana Dream, 138-81.