SULLY — The shots were falling from the opening jump for Lynnville-Sully’s boys basketball team on Tuesday.
And once the Hawks improved their defense, they were virtually unstoppable at both ends.
Playing in their first game of the season with a locked and loaded roster, the Hawks buried 14 3-pointers, shot 55.6 percent from the floor and cruised to a 79-19 win over Tri-County during South Iowa Cedar League play.
“We really made shots right from the get go tonight. The defense just got better,” L-S boys basketball coach Nick Harthoorn said. “We were a little slow defensively and with rebounding to start the game, but once we got the defense clicking with the offense, we were pretty tough.”
The Hawks were missing starters Preston Rodibaugh and Klayton Van Dyke for the first half of the season and then starting point guard Corder Noun Harder was not available for the past two games.
On Tuesday, everyone was back and it showed as the Hawks forced 25 turnovers and held the Trojans to less than 20 percent shooting from the floor.
The game was even for the first few minutes as the two teams traded buckets to a 7-all tie.
After that, Mason Rodibaugh buried three straight 3-pointers from almost the exact same spot on the floor and those shots from long range started a 26-0 run that extended into the second frame.
“We have been kind of waiting for this,” Harthoorn said. “It feels good to have everyone out there, and I thought the guys played hard, they played unselfish and it was fun to watch the boys have a lot of fun and get after it.”
Conner Maston and Noun Harder also hit 3-pointers during that stretch and Preston Rodibaugh accounted for seven points.
The Hawks (8-4 overall, 7-3 in the conference) outscored the Trojans 21-4 in the second. Preston Rodibaugh, Maston and Kale Ehresman all buried triples in the period and Noun Harder scored six points in the lane.
Noun Harder came off the bench for the first time in his career and still led the Hawks with 17 points, two assists and eight steals.
The Hawks’ onslaught continued in the third despite a running clock. L-S outscored the Trojans 16-4 as Mason Rodibaugh hit another 3 and Noun Harder ended the period with back-to-back treys.
The fourth quarter included consecutive treys by Ehresman, a 3-pointer by Noah Johnson and a long jumper from Blake Van Wyk.
“These nights are just great when you can get everyone into the game and everybody gets the chance to see the ball go through the net,” Harthoorn said. “It just builds a lot of team and a lot of enthusiasm and it’s fun to have these kind of nights.”
Preston Rodibaugh finished with 14 points, four rebounds and five assists, Mason Rodibaugh put in 12 points and Van Dyke registered nine points, six rebounds and two blocks. Maston scored eight points and dished out three assists.
Off the bench, Ehresman led the way with nine points, Lucas Sieck chipped in four rebounds and three steals, Jacob Fogle and Mathias Torres each grabbed three boards, Johnson scored three points and Josh Hardenbrook handed out a pair of assists.
Tri-County (0-11, 0-9) shot 19.6 percent from the floor and 1-of-16 from 3-point range and it turned the ball over 25 times.