A slow start was quickly overcome and quickly erased from memory on Saturday night as the Cedar Valley CourtKings (8-1) roared past the Green Bay Area Titans (4-5) in northern Wisconsin by a final score of 124-85.
The Kings took care of business against the Titans in their first meeting of the season back on April 28 in Waterloo with Cedar Valley winning 138-121 at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. Playing their toughest road trip of the season, the CourtKings knew they would need a good start to the weekend if they wanted to maintain their slim lead atop the MBL West Division.
The opening minutes of the first quarter saw the CourtKings out to a bit of rough start as the Titans got out to a 10-0 lead, aided by loose ball turnovers and tough shots not falling. Things suddenly turned around after about three minutes as the CourtKing offense came alive with Emeche Wells and Brady Burford providing a spark. Green Bay would try and pull even in the final minutes of the period, but the CourtKings would lead at the end of the first frame, 27-22.
Jaree Crawford took total control of the inside paint in the second quarter with 16 points inside the lane. After the slow start to the game, it would be the Cedar Valley defense that shut down the Titans offensive attack, which allowed the CourtKings to go on a monster 38-point second period. Jared Sutherland would score seven points off the bench to help guide the Kings as Anthony James hit his first three point bucket as the CourtKings went up 65-44 at the halftime break.
Team fouls began to accumulate on both sides as the third quarter went on which sent the Kings to the free throw line. David Stanley would sink the first eight of his ten perfect free throws on the day. While the Titans, led by Jamar Hurdle caught some momentum out of the locker room, the Cedar Valley defense held firm forcing the Titans into tougher shot selection, and did not allow a three point basket in the period. Aided by six points by Aundre Hicks and another James three pointer, the Kings extended their lead to 99-68 at the end of the third.
After a slower third quarter, Crawford resumed his strong inside play with another ten points to his box score with a series of clutch turn-around baskets. Sutherland added another seven points as Jordan Burich play a strong fourth quarter with six points as the CourtKings closed out the 39-point win to sweep the season series against Green Bay.
All CourtKings saw playing time in the win and all scored as Crawford led the way with a game-high 30 points. With some help at the free throw line, Stanley ended the night with 18, while Sutherland and Burich each recorded 14 and Wells and Burford each notched 13 points.
After a lengthy trip to Wisconsin, the CourtKings return to Iowa to prepare for another road game in less than 24 hours against the Iowa Elite Pro in Des Moines. The Kings defeated the Elite Pro back on April 7 in the season opener 123-118 in Waterloo and will look to go for the season sweep when the two teams tip-off at 6:30PM in the capital city.
Fans can catch the online radio call of tomorrow’s CourtKings-Elite Pro game 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. The pregame show will begin at 6:20PM.
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