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WATERLOO — Nothing came easy Friday night in Siddens Gymnasium as Waterloo East and Waterloo West renewed their battle for city bragging rights.

As the crowd reached a fever pitch with fans on both sides of the gymnasium hanging onto every possession down the stretch of a white-knuckle thrill ride, it was Waterloo East’s toughness that came to light.

East’s defense came up with a late stop on the final play of regulation, and senior TreyShawn LaBeaux found the finishing touch in the extra period of a 60-56 slugfest that snapped West’s five-game win streak.

LaBeaux, who was benched for the first quarter, put together one of his top performances of the season with a team-high 18 points — converting go-ahead layups off dazzling assists from Daquavion Walker and Jacee Clark in overtime and coming up with a late steal to secure the hard-fought victory.

“I was just looking for my team, being confident and just trusting my team,” said LaBeaux, who helped the Trojans recover from an 11-point first-quarter deficit. “I thought it was tough for us, but we just came back and battled. It was a fun win.”

This game was a struggle for both teams at times. East shot 21 of 56 from the field and 13 of 21 from the line, while West hit 18 of 43 field goals and made just 14 of 25 free throws.

Wahawk standout CaRondis Harris-Anderson poured in 11 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter, but East frequently bottled him up with extra defenders through the final three stanzas. With the score tied on West’s final possession, Harris-Anderson passed out of a double-team to an open Isaiah Johnson in the corner for a 3-pointer that missed as the game went into overtime.

“He’s a really good player,” East coach Steve McGraw said of the West standout, who torched his team for 50 points in their first encounter. “You do what you can do. You’ve got to realize he’s going to make some plays — and he did make some plays — but we also had some guys make some plays. It was nice to come out on the winning end.”

West (10-5) managed just one point in the extra period. The Trojans (7-8) recovered from a 32-point loss against their rival on Dec. 8, and rebounded from giving up 90 points to Cedar Rapids Washington Tuesday night.

“Credit the East High kids,” West coach Cliff Berinobis said. “They came out and played hard. Honestly, it came down to missing a lot of shots. We missed a bunch of shots, a lot of free throws.

“We’ve got a saying that you’ve got to answer the call, and we didn’t do that.”

McGraw said his team didn’t play its best on offense, as baskets can sometimes be hard to find in these rivalry games. The veteran coach, however, praised his team’s effort and resilience.

“We got down early again and things weren’t looking real good,” McGraw said. “To their credit, they hung in there for a while, and we got LaBeaux in the game. He helped us a lot. He really played well.”

It hasn’t been an easy journey for LaBeaux, who is now attending his third metro-area high school after beginning his career at Cedar Falls and spending time at Waterloo West. He said this victory felt amazing.

“I saw more heart in our team, more confidence,” LaBeaux added, addressing the Trojans’ approach to defense over the final three quarters.

McGraw said it’s up to his players to build on this win.

“Whether it means anything is how we approach practice every day, how we approach going to school every day,” McGraw said. “Those are important things, and they’re life lessons that these kids need to learn. If they will take that and understand that it all goes hand-in-hand, then we’ll be all the better for it.”


WEST 63, EAST 41: In the girls’ opener, West played near flawless basketball in the first quarter as the Wahawks built a 28-6 lead en route to a 63-41 victory.

West’s Lauren Conrey finished with seven assists and joined Aleah Cook and Na’Tracia Ceaser with a team-high 12 points as the Wahawks combined fluid ball movement on offense with lockdown zone defense.

“That was probably one of our best all-around games of the year,” West coach Tony Pappas said. “The first time we played them we really struggled to beat them and I feel they’re improved. We really executed well. ... We really played within ourselves, executed offensive and executed the defensive game plan. That (first quarter) is one of the best quarters we’ve had in a few years.”

Kerris Roberts poured in 23 points over the final three quarters to pace an East team (4-14) that shot just 9 of 48 from the field. West (9-9) converted 28 of 48 field goal attempts.



WATERLOO EAST (4-14) — Denae Nash 1-4 3-4 5, Kerris Roberts 4-9 14-17 23, Amanee Clark 1-13 2-2 4, Nia Crowley 1-5 0-0 2, Shamya Jenkins 1-1 0-0 3, Aaliyah Franklin 1-1 1-2 3, Jaida Blair 0-5 0-0 0, Olivia Shannon 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 9-48 21-31 41.

WATERLOO WEST (9-9) — Aleah Cook 5-5 2-2 12, Lauren Conrey 5-6 2-2 12, Na’Tracia Ceaser 5-10 1-2 12, Jada Draine 4-12 0-0 8, Zia Collett 3-5 0-0 6, Gabrielle Moore 3-3 0-0 6, Ce Ce Young 3-5 0-0 7, Shiila Robinson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-48 5-6 63.

East 6 15 6 14 — 41

West 28 12 12 11 — 65

3-point goals — East 2 (Roberts, Jenkins), West 2 (Ceaser, Young). Total fouls — East 10, West 20. Fouled out — none.



EAST (7-8) — Daquavion Walker 0-2 0-0 0, Tyrese Nickelson 3-13 7-11 14, Jacee Clark 5-6 2-2 13, Jovahn Holmes 1-4 0-0 3, Kendall Robinson 2-3 0-0 4, Steven VanArsdale 0-1 0-0 0, Ramon Harrington 1-4 3-4 6, Larenz Plum 0-1 0-0 0, TreyShawn LaBeaux 8-15 1-2 18, Tavious Jenkins 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 21-56 13-21 60.

WEST (10-5) — Nicholas Pepin 2-6 0-1 7, Isaiah Johnson 1-8 1-2 4, Kalen Burt 3-7 4-7 10, CaRondis Harris-Anderson 9-15 4-5 25, Jaden Keller 3-5 1-3 8, Jaquon O’Neal 0-1 0-0 0, Antonio Alexander 0-0 1-4 1, Shaurome Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Jackson 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 18-43 14-25 56.

East 10 16 14 14 5 — 60

West 21 10 14 10 1 — 56

3-poysint goals—East 5 (Nickelson, Holmes, Harrington, LaBeaux, Clark), West 6 (Harris-Anderson 3, Pepin, Johnson, Keller). Total fouls — East 17, West 18. Fouled out — none.


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