The holidays will be a bit brighter for members of the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.
The Knights begin their holiday break fresh off a 52-37 pouncing of Mt. Vernon Christian at home yesterday (Tuesday).
"They were athletic and played very hard and physical," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar of the Hurricanes. "They put a body on us."
After a tight first quarter, which the Knights pulled out 11-10, Sunnyside Christian started to pull away with the game. The Knights went on a 17-7 run in the second quarter to take a double-digit lead into the second half.
Wagenaar said the physical play of Mt. Vernon and the fact that the Knights weren't hitting a ton of shots in the first quarter was what kept things close.
"We had to really dissect their zone," said Wagenaar. "They didn't give us many easy shots."
In the second quarter, the Knights did a better job of creating opportunities to score. Wagenaar said the shots started falling that weren't falling in the first quarter. Sunnyside Christian also shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the second quarter, going 10-for-11 from the line for the game.
Mt. Vernon came out in the second half and created some match-up problems for the Knights. Wagenaar said Mt. Vernon's Andrew Kaemingk played very well in the game. The 6'4" Mt. Vernon post player scored in double digits.
Mt. Vernon cut into Sunnyside Christian's lead with a 16-14 third quarter showing. But the Knights closed in the fourth quarter, outscoring Mt. Vernon 10-4. The closest Mt. Vernon got in the game was eight points during the third quarter.
The Knights also had another solid outing from long range, hitting 6-of-13 3-pointers.
Sunnyside Christian was led in scoring by Jordan Haak with 17 points. Chad Den Boer was the other Knight in double digits with 17. Haak also had an impressive eight rebounds.
The Knights (1-1, 7-1) will return to action Tuesday, Jan. 4, at home against Bickleton. Wagenaar will have the opportunity to set the all-time boys basketball coaching win record at Sunnyside Christian. Wagenaar tied former varsity coach Bob Rip's all-time winning record of 206 games with the win over Mt. Vernon Christian.
. 1 2 3 4 T
Mt. Vernon 10 7 16 4 37
SCHS 11 17 14 10 52
Scoring: SCHS-Jordan Haak 18, Chad Den Boer 17, Andrew Schutt 6, Derek Van de Graaf 6, Matt Haak 5.
Mt. Vernon-Andrew Kaemingk 12.
Rebounds: Jordan Haak 8.
Assists: Sean Tudor 5.