Mustangs manhandle Hawks, 58-36

East Marshall holds down 1A powerhouse Lynnville-Sully

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • East Marshall senior Zaine Leedom, right, is fouled on his drive to the basket by Lynnville-Sully’s Jesse Van Wyk during the first quarter of Saturday’s basketball game in Le Grand. Leedom scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the Mustangs handled the visiting Hawks 58-36.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • East Marshall senior Zaine Leedom, right, is fouled on his drive to the basket by Lynnville-Sully’s Jesse Van Wyk during the first quarter of Saturday’s basketball game in Le Grand. Leedom scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the Mustangs handled the visiting Hawks 58-36.

LE GRAND — Narrow losses have weighed heavily on the East Marshall boys’ basketball team the last three seasons, but the Mustangs avenged two of them on Saturday night.

Zane Johnson scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half and East Marshall made a statement with its 58-36 victory over Lynnville-Sully, holding the Hawks to their lowest scoring total in nearly three years.

The Mustangs (2-0) forced Lynnville-Sully into a whopping 14 turnovers while exercising the demons of last year’s two-point loss to the Hawks and a three-point defeat two seasons ago.

Johnson, who drove baseline for a two-handed slam to start the second half, said defense was what helped East Marshall earn this victory.

“This means a lot because it just shows how good we can be defensively against a good team like Lynnville-Sully,” he said. “Defense is the key, that’s the main thing.”

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

The Hawks (2-1) returned a number of key performers from last year’s trip to the state tournament but finished nowhere near the 65.6 points they averaged last winter. East Marshall’s solid man-to-man defense made sure of it.

“I think from the jump they believed they could do it and just went out there and, credit to them, executed everything we wanted to do,” said Mustang head coach Adam Bauder. “We tell them if they play with confidence, you guys can play with anybody on the floor if you do the stuff we work on.”

East Marshall held Roland-Story to 48 points in its season opener Tuesday despite Zaine Leedom’s absence from the lineup for most of the night. Leedom, who transferred in from Grinnell last year,

helped the Mustangs erase those bitter memories of slim losses to the perennial Class 1A powerhouse Hawks.

“They’ve bought in since last year but I think holding a 70-point-per-game team like Lynnville-Sully to 36, I think that kind of effort proves what we’ve been preaching,” said Bauder.

Leedom had 12 of his 14 points in the first half and yet the Mustangs maintained an improbable balance as all seven East Marshall players who saw the court scored. Tyler DeBondt’s six points at the half were highlighted by his buzzer-beater from half court to end the first quarter, while Eli Anderson, Zach Finders and Jimmy Sylvester each splashed in a 3-pointer as well.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

Logan Nicholson made a layup off a nifty bounce pass in the lane from DeBondt, and East Marshall led 31-13 at the half.

The Mustangs continued to pull away, eventually leading by as many as 30 points — 56-26 — early in the fourth quarter.

“They only scored two points in the second quarter, so that means we’re good defensively,” said Johnson. “The offense will come after the defense shuts them down.”

DeBondt ended the game with nine points, six assists and four rebounds, while Nicholson led the way with seven rebounds.

Jesse Van Wyk and Tanner Foster both scored 12 points to pace Lynnville-Sully.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

East Marshall 58, Lynnville-Sully 36

At Le Grand

LYNNVILLE-SULLY (2-1) — Brevin Hansen 2 2-2 6, Jesse Van Wyk 3 6-7 12, Tyson Vander Linden 1 0-0 3, Tanner Foster 5 1-2 12, Rylon James 0 0-0 0, Bray Noun Harder 0 0-0 0, Drake Ehresman 0 0-0 0, Gage Vander Leest 0 1-2 1, Grant Wehrle 0 0-0 0, Cale Foster 0 0-0 0, Corey McCoy 0 0-0 0, Kemper Lukehart 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 12 10-13 36.

EAST MARSHALL (2-0) — Zaine Leedom 6 1-3 14, Zane Johnson 8 1-1 18, Eli Anderson 1 0-0 3, Tyler DeBondt 3 1-2 9, Logan Nicholson 2 0-0 4, Dillon Lee 0 0-0 0, Zach Finders 2 0-1 5, Jimmy Sylvester 2 0-0 5, Evan Espenscheid 0 0-0 0, Cade Curphy 0 0-0 0, Cam Hungerford 0 0-0 0, Brayden Fahrni 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24 3-7 58.

LYNNVILLE-SULLY 11 2 11 12 — 36

E. MARSHALL 17 14 17 10 — 58

3-Point Goals–L-S 2 (Vander Linden, Foster), EM 7 (DeBondt 2, Leedom, Finders, Johnson, Anderson, Sylvester). Total Fouls–L-S 17, EM 13. Fouled Out–none.