The Moravia Mohawks blew into the Twin Cedars gymnasium like a “Polar Express” Tuesday night, Dec. 17, and left the Sabers strewn in the wake of an 81-51 blowout.
The Mohawks struck for three quick baskets in the first 45 seconds and then roared to a 34-18 first quarter lead. In that quarter the Mohawks buried six three point baskets. Carson Brown was a load to stop as the slender junior rifled in three baskets from behind the arc along with a conventional three point play on the inside and another bucket following a steal.
The 18 points was not a bad first quarter production for Twin Cedars as Jace Nichols nailed a pair of threes and Zach Peterson, Brett Sedlock and Kade Dunkin each chipped in with a long ball. But by the second period the Sabers were reeling under the Mohawk pressure and they were outscored 14-5 giving Moravia a 48-23 lead at the break.
The two teams played on pretty even terms in the third stanza with Moravia holding a 20-18 edge. The Mohawks then used a 13-11 fourth quarter margin to coast into the winners circle with an 81-51 victory.
“We talked about how they would come out hard in the first quarter,” Saber coach Blake McWilliams said. “But apparently it didn’t register. They were red hot from behind the arc. Foul trouble hurt us early. We don’t have a deep bench and Moravia was able to gain confidence with the big run. When you give up 34 points in the first quarter, it is real hard to get back into the game.”
Dunkin led the Sabers with 15 points and Peterson was also in double digits with 11 points. Sedlock was the leader in rebounds and assists with four each. Brown led the Mohawks with 34 points.
Twin Cedars scoring – Devin Arkema 2 1-2 7, Jace Nichols 2 0-0 6, Kade Dunkin 6 0-0 15, Hunter McCombs 4 0-0 9, Brett Sedlock 1 0-0 3, Zach Peterson 4 0-0 11, Team – 19 1-3 51, Three point goals (12) – Dunkin 3, Peterson 3, Arkema 2, Nichols 2, McCombs 1, Sedlock 1.
Twin Cedars rebounds (11) – Sedlock 4, Peterson 3, Arkema 2, Landyn Roland 2.
Twin Cedars steals (7) – Nichols 2, Sedlock 2, Arkema 1, Dunkin 1, McCombs 1.
Twin Cedars assists (10) – Sedlock 4, Arkema 3, McCombs 2, Petereson 1.