REINBECK - Dalton Ferch is one of the fastest guys around with the basketball in his hands and he has the ability to get to the rim at any moment.
He drained perimeter jump shot after jump shot Monday as West Marshall ended its sprint through the NICL West.
The Trojans completed a perfect season in NICL West action with a 63-46 victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck in boys' basketball.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
West Marshall junior guard Dalton Ferch (23) scores a layup in front of Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Jacob Smoldt during their NICL West Division clash on Monday night in Reinbeck. Ferch scored 28 points in West Marshall’s 63-46 victory.
Ferch, a junior guard who is one of the state's top sprinters in track, poured in 28 points.
"We've been telling Dalton he needs to start being a threat from the perimeter," said West Marshall head coach Dave Shipley. "They gave him some open looks tonight, and after you make a couple I think your confidence obviously goes up at that point, so that gave him a little confidence when he made his first couple.
"I think he's quick enough to get around guys, but he shot the ball really well tonight and it's good to see it this time of year."
WEST MARSHALL (16-2, 12-0) - Tysen Streeter 3, Duncan Ferch 2, Justin Crist 4, Ron Wilkey 2, Dalton Ferch 28, Josh Wren 1, Colby Dunn 2, Michael Newton 19.
GLADBROOK-REINBECK (12-8, 6-6) - Logan Petersen 6, Parker Bolt 15, Brady Billerbeck 4, Jacob Smoldt 6, Sam Johnson 2, Colby Luethje 11, Alex Clark 2.
West Marshall's big man Michael Newton added 19 points and he combined with Ferch to outscore the host Rebels by themselves.
"We knew about (Ferch)," said Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Scott Kiburis. "We worried more about his penetration and about them getting the ball inside. They don't shoot a lot from the perimeter, but tonight they did a great job knocking down some big shots. (Dalton's) tough to guard."
Ferch also had nine assists and two steals on the night. Newton finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
The victory moves the Trojans to 16-2 overall and they finished NICL West play at 12-0 to repeat as league champs.
"That was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, we thought we had a good chance at it, but you have to come and play every night," Shipley said. "You get halfway through and teams make adjustments and when you're halfway through and you've got a lead of a game or two on people, you then have a target on your back and I keep telling them that every night.
"It's something you work for all year, that was one of our goals and we've met that."
Parker Bolt finished with a team-high 15 points for the Rebels (12-8, 6-6). Colby Luethje added 11 points, while Logan Petersen and Jacob Smoldt had six apiece. Brady Billerbeck and Luethje both had four rebounds. Petersen led the way with four assists.
West Marshall's ability to execute its offense kept Gladbrook-Reinbeck chasing all night. The Rebels went scoreless the first 4 minutes of the second quarter and the Trojans seized the opportunity to build a double-digit advantage.
"Tempo was big. We play 2-3 (defense) and we've played it all year. I think that's the best defense for us, but definitely it creates a slower tempo for us where the other team has the ball so much more than we do," Kiburis said. "That becomes a little frustrating if the other team is patient and well coached like West Marshall is."
The Trojans travel to Class 2A No. 10 Dike-New Hartford tonight. Gladbrook-Reinbeck remains at home tonight against Denver.