Gehlen boys basketball avenges another loss, this time against Unity

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

LE MARS — Gehlen Catholic’s boys basketball team has lost two games this season. After avenging one of those losses to Remsen St. Mary’s, the Jays avenged their other loss, to Unity Christian, on Friday night in War Eagle Conference play.

On Jan. 12, the Jays came up a point short in a 57-56 game. The team came out firing right away in the rematch as they took the followup by a 75-53 score.

Gehlen jumped out to a double digit lead after a quarter as they put up 31 points in the opening frame. While the scoring pace slowed the rest of the game, they were still able to outscore their opponent in each of the remaining frames.

Gehlen Catholic hit 27-of-53 shots in the game (51 percent), and Head Coach Mike Langel said the Jays were 13-of-15 in the first quarter as they built a 31-19 lead.

“We came out really shooting the ball well, distributing it well,” Langel said. “It was a nice win after losing to them eight days ago. They came out ready to play hard and were focused. We came out hard in the first quarter and that set the tone.”

Four players finished in double digits for the Jays in the win. Keaten Bonderson and Drake DeRocher led the team with 19 points apiece. Bonderson ended up being the team’s leader with six rebounds and added four assists and three steals by the end of the night.

DeRocher went 10-of-12 at the charity stripe to accumulate the majority of his points. It was part of a 15-of-17 shooting game from the free-throw line for the Jays, compared to a 5-of-7 showing for the Knights.

Keaton Logan added 14 points which included making all three of his attempts from 3-point range. He was 5-of-6 overall from the field. Logan also was the team’s leader with six assists.

Connor Kraft was the fourth in double digits for the Jays with 11 points.

“Those four tonight, they just did a really nice job of getting the ball to whoever was open,” Langel said. “It doesn’t matter who gets the points. They just really look to the open guy.”

Unity was led by Dylan Bosma’s 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tyce Van Been scored 12 points, Braedan Bosma added 10 and Jackson Vogel finished with nine for the Knights.

The two teams have split the season series in each of the last three years.

Gehlen improved to 6-1 in the conference and 12-2 overall. Unity fell to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in conference games.

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