CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls showed its composure at the start. Then, the Tigers showed their offensive balance.

Cedar Falls trailed by as many as seven points early Tuesday in a metro rivalry game against Waterloo West, but the Tigers, despite getting just two points from star guard A.J. Green through three quarters, pulled away for a 78-50 victory over the Wahawks.

The offensive balance was something Tiger head coach Ryan Schultz said needs to continue to happen.

“That is what we were just talking about,” Schultz said of his team’s offensive balance. “It’s what we’ve been talking about for a long time. We think we are a much more multi-faceted team this year and we think we are harder to defend because of that.

“That showed tonight. A.J. struggled shooting the ball, but he did all the little things correctly that he always does, and we had a lot of guys step up.”

Green finished with 12 points, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter, but Logan Wolf (17), Ben Gerdes (13) and Reese Gardner’s 10 off the bench, provided Cedar Falls plenty of offensive weapons.

Early on, however, the Tigers (2-0) missed a few good looks, while the Wahawks (1-2) saw Isaiah Johnson and Nicholas Pepin hit 3-pointers that helped West go on an 8-0 run early. The Wahawks eventually saw their lead grow to 11-4.

“We had to dig ourselves out of a hole early, but I thought our guys played with composure,” Schultz said. “We got down, but we didn’t panic and got back to the type of basketball we needed to play.”

West’s shooting cooled off as the Wahawks shot just 6 of 26 in the first half, and they did not match the Tigers physically.

“Bad coaching,” West coach Cliff Berinobis said. “I have not prepared our kids, coached our kids to be more physical. Cedar Falls played harder than us.

“Our kids know how to play basketball. But we need more mental toughness and be more physical ... be better at the game within the game.”

Carondis Harris-Anderson led West with 17 points, including 12 in the third quarter and Pepin chipped in 10, but the Wahawk point guard was in foul trouble all night, sitting out most of the second quarter with three fouls as Cedar Falls surged..

The Tigers travel to Iowa City High Friday, while West hosts crosstown rival Waterloo East.

Cedar Falls 78, West 50

WATERLOO WEST (1-2) — Nicholas Pepin 2-5 5-6 10, Jaquon O’Neal 1-5 0-0 2, Isaiah Johnson 3-5 0-0 7, CaRondis Harris-Anderson 7-17 3-5 17, Jaden Keller 1-2 0-1 2, Antonio Alexander 1-4 5-7 7, ShauRome Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Haag 1-3 3-5 5, Cade Dodd 0-0 0-0 0, Brian Sapa 0-1 0-0 0, Todd Keller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 17-25 50.

CEDAR FALLS (2-0) — A.J. Green 3-10 6-6 12, Logan Wolf 7-11 3-4 17, Ben Gerdes 5-12 2-4 13, Mason Abbas 1-3 0-0 2, Jack Campbell 2-4 1-1 5, Reese Gardner 5-6 0-0 10, Sam Gary 3-3 0-0 9, Chase Courbat 1-1 2-24, Joshua Ollendieck 0-1 4-4 4, Luke Loughren 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Tenchi Porter 0-1 2-2 2, Lovelle Banks 0-1 0-0 0, Hasaan Harvey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 20-23 78.

Wat. West 12 6 19 13 — 50

Cedar Falls 14 19 21 24 — 78

3-point goals—West 3 (Pepin, Johnson, Harris-Anderson). Cedar Falls 4 (Gerdes, Gary 3). Total fouls—West 21 Cedar Falls 21. Fouled out—Harris-Anderson, Pepin.

C.F. SOPHS 70, WEST SOPHS 47

WEST — Michael Robinson Jr. 3, Mondre Lagow 6, Mitch Fordyce 9, Vasilije Novakovic 13, Mabry 16.

CEDAR FALLS — Joshua Ollendieck 7, Ben Sernett 12, Cael Loecher 15, Jaxon Heth 16, Gilmore Taiber 4, Caiden Barnett 10, Bryce Albaugh 3, Chase Courbat 2.

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