It was their first taste of action since last July’s heartbreaking Midwest Basketball League semifinal loss in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In their first game since that hot summer day, the Cedar Valley CourtKings, with faces both old and new to the roster, put on an offensive display for a sizable crowd at the Husky Gym at Oelwein High School as they rolled past the Illinois Bulldogs by a final score of 152-78.
“I really like the direction we’re headed, but that’s just step one,” said head coach Michael Mohlis, who coached this game on his home floor in Oelwein, where he coaches high basketball. “ If we can blend together on the offensive and defensive ends, and play with a lot of energy, the sky’s the limit for this group.”
It took a few possessions for the CourtKings to find rhythm on offense in the first period, but once they did, they became a force not few would want to oppose. Aundre Hicks led the way for the CourtKings with a game-high 36 points, plus six rebounds and five assists. Jaree Crawford and Steven Womack, both new additions to the Cedar Valley roster this season, both tallied 23 points each, while Emeche Wells scored 20 points in his first game in the purple and white.
“Jaree and Emeche made some good plays,” Coach Mohlis explained after the game. “I saw everyone get better, now it’s all about who’s going to take that next step to get that playing time.”
Seven foot, one inch Isaac Freeman, former center for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen made his presence felt on the court with eight rebounds to go with his 16 points. Former University of St. Thomas national champion Jordan Burich 12 rebounds, including six on offense in his first game with the CourtKings as well.
“From the new guys I thought we saw some really good things,” said Coach Mohlis. “I thought Burich did well at his position with the bigs spot. He adapted when we tried to make some switches, so he did a good job with that.”
The CourtKings will open the 2019 regular season on Sunday, April 7 against Iowa Elite Pro at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. Tickets for the 2019 season are now selling online at cvcourtkings.com, or by calling 319-404-5941. 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.