It was an all-around outstanding performance this past Saturday for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.
The Knights, playing in their first game of the season at home, dismantled the visiting 2A Kiona-Benton Bears, 63-35.
"They lost a lot of their scoring from last year," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar of Kiona-Benton. "We were really able to focus on their kids who could score."
Sunnyside Christian didn't have its usual explosive start the Knights have had the past couple of games. Sunnyside Christian opened with a 10-3 outing in the first quarter.
"They were physical with us," said Wagenaar.
The Knights responded well to a little pep talk Wagenaar had with them at the end of the first quarter. Sunnyside Christian put together an 18-9 run in the second quarter to lead 28-12 at the end of the first half.
Wagenaar said the Knights were getting some good shots in the first half, especially the first quarter, but the ball just wasn't falling.
In the second half, the Knights were able to get a lot of steals that took the Bears out of their offensive rhythm. Wagenaar said Sunnyside Christian was able to do a solid job of taking away the inside from Ki-Be's big man, Adam Diaz.
"They were really looking to go to him," said Wagenaar.
The rim also proved to be a lot kinder to the Knights in the second half, who were never in any danger of relinquishing the lead.
Sunnyside Christian outscored Ki-Be 35-23 in the second half to pull away with the win.
"We just came out and our defense played well," said Wagenaar.
Wagenaar said Matt Haak did a nice job in the first quarter of adding some intensity that was lacking for the Knights.
"Matt did a great job," said Wagenaar.
Jordan Haak had yet another terrific outing for Sunnyside Christian with 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Andrew Schutt dropped in 13 points. Chad Den Boer had 10 points, three assists and three steals.
Wagenaar said the Bears really concentrated on Den Boer defensively.
Another noteworthy statistic were the 19 turnovers Kiona-Benton had in the game.
The Knights (0-0, 3-0) host Granger this Tuesday night.
1 2 3 4 T
Ki-Be 3 9 10 13 35
SCHS 10 18 19 16 63
Scoring: SCHS-Jordan Haak 22, Andrew Schutt 13, Chad Den Boer 10, Derek Van de Graaf 6, Nick De Jong 3, Sean Tudor 3, Ryan Tade 2, Matt Haak 2, Aaron Van de Graaf 2.
Kiona-Benton-Adam Diaz 11.
Rebounds: Jordan Haak 8, Derek Van de Graaf 5, Matt Haak 3.
Assists: Chad Den Boer 3, Jordan Haak 3.
Steals: Jordan Haak 3, Chad Den Boer 3. Derek Van de Graaf 2, Matt Haak 2.