2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
ANKENY—The Central College men’s basketball team raced to a commanding 44-18 halftime lead en route to a season-opening 82-41 victory over Faith Baptist College Saturday. A 3-pointer by Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) eight seconds in gave the Dutch the lead and they never looked back. Any hopes of a Faith Baptist (0-5) comeback were shattered when Central went on a 33-3 run to start the second half.
“We were all excited to get out there and play,” said head coach Mike Boschee. “We had a lot of energy and I think we played pretty well.”
Central hit 34-of-62 from the field (54.8 percent) including 6 of 18 from 3-point range.
Guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) led Central with 19 points and went 2-for-3 from beyond the 3-point line. Holan had 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior transfer Grant Franzen (Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) finished with six boards and two points in his Central debut while guard Justin Madsen (junior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS), forward Greg Levenhagen (senior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) and center Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) each contributed eight points to the cause.
“We had good focus and a good approach,” said Boschee. “I think we played a solid game all around, but there are many things we still need to work on. We’ll come out to practice on Monday and work to get better at those things.”
None of the Dutch spent too much time on the court with the game firmly in hand early on. No starter played more than 19 minutes, and 11 players saw at least 10 minutes of action.
“You always try to play as well as you can play no matter who you’re playing and I think we did just that,” said Boschee.
The Dutch (1-0) make their home season debut Tuesday, meeting Graceland Univ. at 7:30 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Live stats and a video Webcast of the game will be available via the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.
Central hasn’t met Graceland since dropping a 90-89 decision in Pella early in the 1997-98 season. The NAIA Yellow Jackets improved to 2-3 Friday, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit to trip Ashford Univ. 69-61. Graceland guards Jonathan Carter and Freddy Franco each scored 16 points while guard Jewel Carter had 14.