(Carroll) (1-4), Atlantic travels to (4-1), Kuemper tonight in a Hawkeye Ten Conference boy’s basketball game. Tom Robinson has this preview. S-0103-4 Tom Voicer
After finishing as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Class 2A State Basketball Tourney Kuemper is off to another impressive start this season. Their only hiccup was a 63-42 loss to cross town rival Carroll on December 14. Atlantic with just one win may only be two possessions away from a 3-2 record.
Atlantic Head Coach Allen Jenkins says the main emphasis during the Holiday break was post defense. And the Trojans will get a test tonight when they face 6’6 inside players Sam Brinks and Cole Neary.
Neary averages 17.2 points a game and Brinks brings a 12.2 per game average to the table, and maybe what’s more impressive, is that they have snagged 86 of the teams 147 rebounds. The Knights are senior laden and won’t put a guy on the floor out of their first eight that isn’t a senior.
The Trojans are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Two of their leading scorers have been thrown to the Wolves early in their careers. Sophomore Ryan Hawkins is averaging 14.6 points per game and freshman Garrett Franken enters the contest averaging 12-points a game.
As a team Atlantic is averaging 47 points per game offensively while giving up 52 a contest. Kuemper averages 60 points a game and has held the opposition to 50-points an outing on average.
Tip-off is slated for around 7:30. We will have the game on 95.7FM. Pre-game at 7:20.
Click here to listen to Atlantic Head Basketball Coach Allen Jenkins
January 3, 2014