WATERLOO—The 2017-18 boys’ high school basketball season has arrived and the annual metro jamboree took place at Waterloo East Tuesday, giving area coaches an opportunity to see what they have for the upcoming year.

The opening pair of games were somewhat one-sided as Waterloo West defeated Denver 34-19, and Cedar Falls earned a 37-27 win over Waterloo Columbus.

In the night cap, host Waterloo East took a 17-9 lead after the first eight minutes, then had to hold off a furious rally by Don Bosco to preserve a 32-30 outcome.

“We didn’t play particularly well, but we did play hard,” Trojans coach Steve McGraw said. “We really wanted to play Don Bosco in this thing because they are a good competition and we got what we thought we would. No surprises. “We gave up some easy things and we didn’t press well or shoot well.”

The Trojans struggled with the Dons early until sophomore DaQuavion Walker chalked up a trey to put them up 12-9. On his next trip down the floor, Walker converted a 3-point play to push the lead to six.

The final four minutes of the game became a track meet with the Dons catching up to the Trojans and tying the game at 28 on Jack Kelley’s bucket and extra point.

The Dons’ Sean McFadden dropped in a jumper giving his team a 30-29 lead with 17 seconds remaining, but the Trojans were able to comeback, with Walker eventually sealing the deal at the foul line.

“This was just a scrimmage game with a lot of people in the gym,” McGraw said. “Bottom line is it was a preseason type game and we got to see what we wanted to see.”

The Wahawks were able to fine tune a few things in their win over the Cyclones, but head coach Cliff Berinobis knows there is still some work to be done.

“We mixed up the rotation a little tonight and we may struggle with that a little bit to start,” said Berinobis. “Denver is a very nice team that is really pretty strong. It was fun to see just how we would react to that and I was pleasantly surprised. We pushed the ball up court very well and we did a lot of good things tonight.”

One of those good things for the Wahawks was defense, as they broke an 11-10 game open with a 14-0 run and never looked back.

Senior forward CaRondis Harris-Anderson aided big time in the run, where he scored nine of his 13 points. Nicholas Pepin led all scorers with 14 points with nine points coming from outside the arc.

Cyclone junior Devin Bass put a temporary halt on the 14-point barrage as he hit a trey to cut the deficit to 25-13, but it would get no closer.

“We go out thinking we are going to win every time,” Berinobis said. “That is the way we look at it and tonight I thought Kalen Burt really stepped up for us. He was a big factor for us with his leadership and we had good play from a lot of different guys.”

Burt completed his night with 12 points and showcased strong ball-handling skills while running the offense.

Cedar Falls had no trouble winning the middle game against Columbus, jumping to a 20-10 lead then maintaining the spread in a 37-27 victory.

Seventeen Tigers took the floor in the game with 10 of them reaching the score book, bringing a smile to head coach Ryan Schultz’s face.

“We have a deep team this year,” Schultz said. “We are a multi-dimensional team and our depth is at least as good as last year, if not better.

“It was good for them to get out under the lights and work the jitters out. We had a couple guys out and hope to get them back some time soon. We never really ran a lot tonight, we just worked more on our transition and fundamentals of the game.”

Junior Alex Zike scored 11 points and hit three shots from 3-point range, while six other Sailors contributed to the score book.

Boxscores

WATERLOO WEST 34, DENVER 19

West 23 11—34

Denver 10 9—19

WEST—Nicholas Pepin 5 1-2 14, Isaiah Johnson 0 0-2 0, Antonio Alexander Jr. 1 0-0 2, CaRondis Harris-Anderson 5 2-4 13, Jaden Keller 0 0-0 0, Jaquon O’Neal 0 1-2 1, ShauRome Taylor 0 0-0 0, Kalen Burt 2 0-2 4, Caleb Haag 0 0-0 0, Mondre Lagow 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-10 34.

DENVER—Bo McMahon 1 0-0 2, Sam Joerger 1 4-4 6, Zach Miller 2 0-0 4, Tim Arians 1 0-0 2, Melique Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Zach Miller 0 1-2 1, Alex Gebel 0 0-1 0, Devin Bass 2 0-0 4. Totals 7 5-7 19.

Three point goals—West 4 (Pepin 3, Harris-Anderson, Denver 0. Total fouls—West 9, Denver 11.

CEDAR FALLS 37, WATERLOO COLUMBUS 27

Cedar Falls 20 17—37

Columbus 10 17—27

CEDAR FALLS—Hassan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Jacob Nelson 0 0-2 0, AJ Green 3 0-0 9, Logan Wolf 0 0-0 0, Ben Gerdes 0 1-4 1, Mason Abbas 2 0-0 4, Sam Gary 1 0-0 3, Tate Johnson 0 0-0 0, Joshua Ollendieck 0 1-2 1, Reese Gardner 1 0-0 2, Lovelle Banks 0 0-0 0, Luke Loughren 0 0-0 0, Tenchi Porter 0 0-0 0, JackCampbell 4 1-6 9, Chase Courbat 3 0-0 6, Sam Burken 1 0-0 2, Benny Bundi 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 3-14 37.

COLUMBUS—JaQuan Jackson 1 0-0 2, Tristan Wright 2 0-0 5, Daniel Kolo 0 0-0 0, Kaden Ludwig 1 1-2 3, Robbie Porth 0 0-0 0, Alex Zike 4 0-0 11, Trey Mudd 1 0-0 2, Parker Westhoff 0 2-4 2, David Ryan 1 0-1 2, Jarrett Kruse 0 0-0 0,Cannon Butler 0 0-0 0, Blake Freeseman 0 0-0 0, Ben Leibold 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 3-9 27.

Three point goals—CF 4 (Green 3, Gary), Columbus 4 (Zike 3, Wright). Total fouls—CF 10, Columbus 10.

WATERLOO EAST 32, DON BOSCO 30

Don Bosco 9 21—30

East 17 15—32

DON BOSCO—Jack Kelley 4 0-1 9, Zach Huff 1 0-0 3, Zach Nie 1 0-0 2, Sean McFadden 4 0-2 9, Clayton Weber 3 0-1 6, Luke Becker 0 0-0 0, Kendall Becker 0 0-0 0, Mason Denton 0 0-0 0.Total 13 0-4 30.

EAST—DaQuavion Walker 2 1-2 6, Tyrese Nickerson 5 0-0 10, Jacee Clark 2 0-0 4, Steven VanArsdale 0 0-0 0, Ramon Harrington 1 2-3 4, Jovahn Holmes 0 0-0 0, TreyShawn LaBeaux 3 0-0 6, Tavious Jenkins 1 0-0 2, Kendall Robinson 0 0-0 0, Larenz Plum 0 0-0 0, Ramir Scott 0 0-0 0, Dylan Reyes 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-5 32.

Three point goals—DB 3 (Kelley, Huff, McFadden), East 1 (Walker). Total fouls—DB 7, East 5.