game of the year, according to Head Coach Brad Randall.
The Solon boys basketball team shot the ball well, rebounded well and had contributions from a lot of players on the way to routing Central DeWitt, 61-31, last Tuesday in DeWitt.
The Spartans jumped out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and never looked back, holding the Sabres to only nine points in the first half. Randall was able to empty his bench in the fourth quarter.
Nine different players scored for Solon and 10 came down with a rebound.
Turner Wentzien scored 19 points for Solon, while Joe Weeks added 12 on 3-4 shooting from the field and 6-8 from the line. Weeks and Ryan Kunkel each had four rebounds to lead the team. Weeks also led the team with four assists.
Two other road games were scheduled last week, but Friday’s game at Independence was canceled due to weather, leaving the boys/girls doubleheader at Iowa City Regina Saturday.
“It was one of those games where you played pretty well, but didn’t win,” observed Randall.
The Spartans turned the ball over only three times in the see-saw battle that finally tipped in favor of the Regals, 55-53.
Solon overcame a four-point deficit at the end of the first quarter to knot the game 30-30 at the half, and trailed by a single point at the end of the third.
“We could’ve rebounded better at the end of the game,” Randall noted. “We could’ve finished better.”
Weeks led the Spartans in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and eight boards. Wentzien added 13 points. Jake Morris had six rebounds and Austin Miller had five. Solon shot 22-47 from the field, but was 4-14 from three-point range. The Spartans went to the free throw line only seven times, making five.
Solon (8-5) hosts Mount Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Western Dubuque Friday, Jan. 27, before the team’s final road game at Dyersville Jan. 31. The three teams currently top the WaMaC East standings.
“It’s a tough stretch,” admitted Randall. “You gotta believe the home stand will put things in our favor.”