MONROE — PCM’s boys’ basketball team is still in football shape, but the Mustangs won a physical battle with Saydel on Nov. 30 night during a Heart of Iowa Conference home game.
PCM won its season opener by dominating the boards and controlling the third quarter during a 63-45 home victory.
“I hope a lot of the stuff we did wrong tonight is more that we just haven’t practiced much yet,” PCM coach Fred Lorensen said. “The only disappointing thing was we didn’t do much of even the basic stuff well. I like my team though. I think we’ll definitely get better as we play more.”
PCM led 14-13 after one quarter but led 28-22 at halftime and then pulled away with a 23-13 advantage in the third.
Senior Andrew Van Ryswyk finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, senior Reed Worth had a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals and senior Isaac Telfer grabbed 13 rebounds and had three assists.
Lorensen expects to see that kind of scoring production from his two returning starters all season. The Mustangs took 61 shots on the night, and 31 came from Van Ryswyk and Worth.
The other three starters — Telfer and juniors Jason Stafford and Derek Brown — combined for nine points, but Telfer had a big night on the boards. Brown and Stafford were a combined 1-for-12 from the floor.
“They better be big. We need them to do that most nights,” Lorensen said of Van Ryswyk and Worth. “We have a few other guys who can shoot the ball and score but didn’t tonight. Those guys will be fine.
“Isaac will be a great asset this year. He can really rebound the basketball.”
Brown made up for his off shooting night with four rebounds, three steals and two assists and Stafford tallied three assists and three rebounds before fouling out.
PCM (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the HOIC) hit 11 3-pointers in the game, led by five from Worth. Van Ryswyk buried three treys and sophomore Grant Landgrebe connected on a pair of triples.
Van Ryswyk scored seven points and Worth hit two of his 3-pointers in the first quarter. Saydel led 13-9 before a 5-0 run put the Mustangs up one after a quarter.
“I left a lot of shots out of there. I am not in midseason form yet,” Van Ryswyk said. “We’ve only had nine practices. We have not gotten everything in yet. We are still learning. We’ll get better as we go on.”
Saydel took back the lead two different times in the second, but a 3-pointer by Landgrebe put the Mustangs up for good.
Van Ryswyk made it 22-20 with a trey and Landgrebe’s second 3-pointer of the second quarter gave PCM a 28-22 lead at halftime.
Landgrebe’s production off the bench helped PCM counter the fact that starting junior guard Jason Stafford was in foul trouble most of the night.
“Grant has some stuff to work on, but the shooting stuff is no fluke,” Lorensen said. “The boy can shoot the ball. He was killing us in practice the other night. He’s a legitimate shooter.”
Landgrebe finished with six points. The reserves tallied 10 points in the game but also had seven rebounds and a pair of assists.
“We had a good spurt in the second half. My favorite play of the game was the touch pass from Grant Landgrebe to Isaac Telfer,” Lorensen said. “The bench is young and hasn’t played much. They have no clue what this level is all about, but they’ll get better as we go. We need them to. We need two or three of those guys to step up.”
The Mustangs scored nine of the first 12 points of the third quarter to go up 37-25.
They turned an 11-point game into a 51-35 lead after three quarters following five straight points to end the frame.
Worth put PCM up 20 with a three-point play in the fourth. The Mustangs coasted from there and won by 19.
There were 39 fouls called in the game. Van Ryswyk admitted that some of the Mustangs are still in football mode but will transition to basketball soon.
“I think a physical game is good for us,” Van Ryswyk said. “We like to be physical and push people around a little bit. As long as we don’t go too far.”
Lorensen likes his teams to be aggressive on defense. But the long time coach knows the Mustangs will have to play better defense against better teams.
“The physicality would be really good if the guys in stripes wouldn’t blow their whistles,” Lorensen said. “They do call fouls so we have to be careful with the physical play. I love the aggressiveness, and we want them to be physical, but they have to do it within the rules of basketball.”
Zach Bobenhouse and Colton Myers each had 11 points for the Eagles (1-1, 0-1).
PCM played at North Polk on Dec. 4 and goes to Gilbert on Dec. 7. The game against Gilbert tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Saydel 13-9-13-10 — 43
PCM 14-14-23-12 — 65
Saydel (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP) — Kobe Moriorty 2-2-3-6, Luke Vitiritto 1/1-0-2-3, Camden Lo 0-3-0-3, Colton Myers 4-3-2-11, Zach Bobenhouse 4/3-0-5-11, Mikel Nuzum 1/1-0-3-6, Dakota Ellsworth 2-1-0-5, Nick Garrison 0-0-3-0, Andrew Malone 0-0-2-0. Totals 14/5-12-20-45.
PCM (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP) — Sage Burns 1/1-0-1-3, Jason Stafford 0-1-5-1, Reed Worth 8/5-2-2-23, Brayden Berger 0-1-1-1, Grant Landgrebe 2/2-0-1-6, Andrew Van Ryswyk 6/3-6-4-21, Isaac Telfer 2-1-3-5, Derek Brown 1-1-2-3. Totals 20/11-12-19-63.