Suni Lane had plenty of assistance from his teammates, but the Bettendorf senior took it as a personal mission to slow down the leading scorer in Class 4A.
Utilizing his length and quickness, Lane and the Bettendorf boys basketball team stymied Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp to a season-low point total Friday night en route to a comfortable 56-38 victory at Bettendorf High School.
"I love challenges," Lane said. "He's a great player, but we just wanted to crowd him and pressure him beyond the arc."
Wieskamp, an Iowa recruit who came in averaging 29.6 points per game, was an uncharacteristic 3 of 15 from the field and finished with 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
The 6-foot-5 Lane spent considerable time guarding the 6-6 junior, but Bettendorf (6-2, 5-0) also used Joe Martens and Cole Grothusen on Wieskamp.
"We threw a lot of different guys at him, but I thought Suni did an outstanding job," Bettendorf coach Curtis Clark said. "(Wieskamp) plays with great energy and makes good decisions, but we like to think we had something to do with him missing the shots that he did."
Muscatine (4-4, 2-3) hung close in the opening quarter, but went ice cold in the second quarter. Bettendorf outscored the visitors 15-1 in the final 7 minutes of the half to build a 16-point cushion.
The Muskies were 0 of 10 from the field.
"Our offense was so horrible," Muscatine coach Gary Belger said. "Bettendorf had a lot to do with it, but we just stood around. When you score 12 points in a half, you're not going to be in many high school games against a good team."
Bettendorf also capitalized on second-chance opportunities inside with its size and strength. Mark Kallenberger had 11 points and six rebounds.
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The Bulldogs finished with a 42-25 rebounding advantage.
"We've done a really good job this year getting those rebounds and second-chance points," Kallenberger said. "We practice that stuff during the week and really go at each other, don't let up. That carries over to the game."
D.J. Carton joined Kallenberger in double figures with 10 points. Bettendorf received 23 points from its bench, including nine from Dylan Clearman.
Clark labeled it a good start for his team after a 17-day layoff. The win keeps Bettendorf in sole possession of the Mississippi Athletic Conference lead, one game in front of Clinton and North Scott.
"It is pretty hard to pick up where you left off after a long break like that," Clark said. "I think once we get back into the flow of thing with game film and game-time experience, that will help."
Jake Mussehl joined Wieskamp in double digits with 10 points for Muscatine.