Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 8, 2014

Saints dominate Moravia, 86-61

Steve Woodhouse

Melcher-Dallas — The Melcher-Dallas boys' basketball team jumped out to an early lead against Moravia on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and never looked back. 

Led by the usual suspects, Senior Troy Lee and Junior Chase Wetterling, the Saints had a 12-point lead after the first quarter. Lee was strong under the basket offensively and defensively. He finished the game with 25 points and Wetterling with 30. 

The Mohawks struggled to hold on to the ball throughout the first, due to the defensive onslaught of the entire Saints' team. Melcher-Dallas' game was on in all areas of the game, shooting well from the outside and inside as well. Six different Saints had put points on the board by halftime, when the team went into the locker room with a 48-25 lead. 

When Moravia came back out at halftime, a few of the players performances, seeking fouls, went nowhere as the referees were not foold. The Saints, for the most part, stayed out of foul trouble in the second half. 

Head Coach Jim Wells took advantage of the Saints' dominance of this game to work in some of the younger members of his team. Freshman Travis Ernst was able to put six on the board, including a nice three-pointer. 

"It was a fun win," Wells said after the game. "That's all you can ask for as a coach." 

The 86-61 final was the highest point total for the Saints this season. Wells complimented the way his team played defense, which helped them get the lead. He also appreciated the way the players shared the ball. 

After Wetterling and Lee, the next highest scorer was Junior Brock Breese, who added 15 to the tally. Junior Waylon Balk scored seven and Freshman Zach Moore scored three. 

The Saints are at 3-7 on the year. Tuesday's victory ended a six-game skid for Melcher-Dallas. The team travels Tuesday, Jan. 14, to face Twin Cedars.