WATERLOO, Iowa—The Cedar Valley CourtKings hosted the inaugural home opener tonight at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo against the Minnesota Broncos.
After a slow start in their first two games, the CourtKings (1-2) showed their dominance on the court, defeating Broncos (1-2) 111-71 in front of a crowd of 426.
Six Cedar Valley players scored in double figures and the CourtKings led by as many as 41 points, 77-36, in the third quarter in a game when they never trailed.
“That is something we’ve talked about since we dropped our first two,” CourtKings head coach Stan Hughes said of the strong start.
The first few minutes of the game were tight, with both teams trading points. The lead was 9-8, when Alex Houston took a 15-2 run to close out the first quarter with a basket.
As soon as the CourtKings reached a double figure lead, they never dropped it. Former UNI standout, Marvin Singleton, achieved that double figure mark. Singleton, fresh off a basketball tour in China, played in his first game with the CourtKings.
Andre Norris led the CourtKings with 18 points while Houston had 16. Marvin Singleton and Lamar Wall each chipped in 15. Singleton added eight rebounds and five assists while LaDon Singleton had 13 boards.
The Broncos never seemed to get in sync. Leading scorer Kavaarian Williams, who came in averaging 34.5 points a game, was held to 10 on 3 of 21 shooting.
“That is not the Broncos that usually play,” Minnesota Broncos head coach Jerome Newsome said. “Not to take away anything from the CourtKings, we didn’t execute.”
The CourtKings played the game with heavy hearts just a week after starting point guard Rashad Carrington was killed in a car accident between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Prior to the start of the game, Carrington’s family was honored and his jersey was retired.
“It feels good being back here. (A) Different group of guys but it’s an honor to come back here,” said Anthony James, a former UNI player.
“This win was for him,” Norris said. “He was a leader on our team and overall great guy.”
The CourtKings will be back in action next Sunday when they host the Wisconsin Storm at 7:30 p.m. at the SportsPlex. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for fans.
Contributing to the story: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier