HULL -- The Gehlen Catholic boys basketball team won its first-ever meeting with Trinity Christian by a 62-48 margin on the road in Hull Friday.
Their hosts threatened the Jays the entire way, coach Mike Langel said.
"They stayed in that 10-point range -- and even cut it to five once in awhile -- all game long," Langel said. "They had a nice ball team with nice shooters and nice height inside. I knew we'd have to play well to beat them."
The Jays ran into some foul trouble in the first half as they racked up more than 10 fouls in the first 16 minutes of play.
"The officials called it a lot tighter than we have been used to lately," Langel admitted. "Our guys had to adapt to the officials and in the second half we did a lot better job playing with our feet better and not reaching so much."
Michael Whitehead and Trevor Bouma scored 16 points apiece to lead the Jays (12-1) while Conor Kneip added 10 points in the win.
Zach Wurth continued to dominate the glass as he grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Blake Wiltgen grabbed eight boards while Whitehead, Bouma and Alec Mousel each grabbed six rebounds. Mousel dished out five assists in the win.
"It was a nice team effort," Langel said. "I thought Blake (Wiltgen) and Colton (Kneip) came in, played well and gave me good minutes off the bench."
While the Jays did not shoot free throws as well as Langel would have liked -- they were 15-for-25 from the foul line -- the Jays did hit their foul shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
"We hit enough free throws at the end of the game to win it," Langel said. "We have a big game this week and we're still shooting for that No. 1 seed in the district."
The Jays have two games remaining in their 10-game seeding string. Gehlen hits the road to take on Hinton on Tuesday and travels to Orange City to play Unity Christian in War Eagle Conference play on Friday.