WATERLOO — From the start it appeared something was missing for the Waterloo West boys’ basketball team Friday at the Siddens Gymnasium.

Offense and defense was out of sorts for the Wahawks early on against Mississippi Valley Conference foe Cedar Rapids Washington and quite frankly it looked like West was going to struggle to get out of its funk.

Fortunately for the Wahawks they got things figured out on the defensive end and did just enough right offensively as they pulled away from the Warriors for a 60-46 victory.

“I was proud of our guys with the poise we showed,” West coach Cliff Berinobis said. “That first quarter, we were not where we wanted to be that is for dang gone sure.”

Washington (5-8 overall, 1-7 MVC) was hot from the start, hitting 8 of 13 shots from the field as the Warriors broke out to a 20-13 lead after one quarter.

But the Wahawks (8-4, 5-3) broke out the clamps defensively over the final three quarters as Washington shot just 9 off 33 over the final 24 minutes. Those shooting woes were especially true in the second quarter when the Warriors made just 2 of 13 shots as West held them to just those four points and rallied to tie the score at the half at 24-all.

“I think our defensive effort was tremendous all night long,” Berinobis said. “I thought that was key to the game. Our defense won the game for us tonight to be honest.”

In the third quarter, West took over out-scoring Washington, 24-11, getting 12 points from leading-scorer CaRondis Harris-Anderson, who had an off night. The 57.8 percent shooter from the field was just 6 of 18 and finished eight points below his season-average of 25.

The Wahawks got two huge 3-pointers from Nicholas Pepin during that third-quarter run that saw West outscore Washington,17-3, over the final 4 minutes and 21 seconds.

“There is a correlation between the offense struggling and your star player having an off night,” “Berinobis said. “That is going to happen. CaRondis is going to have off nights. He was off tonight and still had 17.”

Guard Isaiah Johnson led West with 20 including nine in the first quarter and seven in the fourth quarter. Johnson was seven of nine from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.

“Isaiah is making really good strides toward becoming a real good basketball player,” Berinobis added. “And I thought Kalen Burt was big tonight inside. Washington is a big team, and he really battled in their for us.

“Really every guy ... who I’m I going to miss. So many guys contributed tonight. It is crazy.”

West led by as much as 19 in the fourth quarter before Berinobis substituted freely toward the end of the game.

The Wahawks return to action tonight when it hosts Decorah in a non-conference game.

West 60, C.R. Washington 46

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON (5-8, 1-7) — Mick McCurry 3-4 2-3 8, Ross Snitker 3-8 0-0 6, Drew Christensen 2-7 0-0 6, Campbell Mitvalsky 3-9 0-0 6, Max Campbell 4-11 0-1 8, Collin Westmoreland 0-0 2-2 2, Chandlir Haug 1-3 3-4 5, Nolan Potter 1-1 1-2 3, Joesph McKinstry 0-2 0-0 0, Jonathon Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Knutson 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Bockenstedt 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 17-46 10-14 46.

WATERLOO WEST (8-4, 5-3) — Nicholas Pepin 3-5 0-0 8, Isaiah Johnson 7-9 4-4 20, Kalen Burt 4-8 1-5 9, Jaden Keller 1-3 0-0 2, CaRondis Harris-Anderson 6-18 1-3 17, Antonio Alexander Jr. 1-2 2-3 4, ShauRome Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Jaquon ONeal 0-2 0-0 0, Cade Dodd 0-1 0-0 0, Todd Keller Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Brian Sapa 0-0 0-0 0, Mario Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 8-15 60.

C.R. Washington 20 4 11 11 — 46

Waterloo West 13 11 24 12 — 60

3-point goals — Washington 2 (Christensen 2). West 5 (Pepin 2, Johnson, Harris-Anderson 2). Total fouls — Washington 18, West 13. Fouled out — Mitvalsky.

WEST SOPHS 57, WASHINGTON SOPHS 52

WASHINGTON — Riley Pankey 10, Lamon Boyce 4, Maison Reed 3, Jacques Plummer 15, Jamar Thurmon 20.

WEST — Michael Robinson Jr. 7, Mondre Lagow 2, Carter Maske 3, Mitch Fordyce 11, Vasilije Novakovic 18, Nathaniel Ewell 5, Caleb Haag 5, Armin Kuljuhovic 2, Shaunie Wortham 3.

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