Try 1 month for 99¢

CAMANCHE, Iowa — Nobody made more 3-pointers in the state of Iowa last season than the Camanche boys basketball team. 

Here's a scary thought: Coach Josh Davis believes his squad has even more shooters this winter.

Based on what transpired Friday night, his thinking would be accurate.

Camanche buried 19 shots from beyond the arc to roll past Tipton 89-67 in a River Valley Conference tilt at Camanche High School.

"Camanche will always have shooters," point guard Dev Patel said. "Coach Davis raises us from young kids to learn how to shoot well."

The Indians' 3-point shooting was contagious. They had six players knock down at least two 3-pointers.

Evan Hall came off the bench to drain three trifectas in a 68-second span late in the first half to give Camanche a seven-point halftime cushion. Jaxon White had two in the first couple minutes of the third quarter.

In fact, Davis' team was 7 of 12 from the 3-point line in the third quarter to turn a close first-half contest into a 21-point margin. 

"We thought going in, we had more shooters than last year," said Davis, whose team took 38 attempts from the 3-point line. "Our first-shot offense is better this year. We don't have the offensive rebounders like (David) Gonzalez and (Evan) Hundley, but we got more weapons."

Patel and sophomore Cameron Soenksen each finished with a game-high 22 points. Carson Seeser recorded 13 points off the bench while three other players had at least eight. 

The Indians were 23-4 and finished fourth at the Class 2A state tournament last winter.

But with the loss of Dakota Soenksen, Hundley and Gonzalez, there hasn't been too much chatter about them in the preseason. 

"The last few years when we've ended in the top 10, we didn't start in the top 10," Davis said. "We haven't earned enough to be placed there. We're going to have to grind it out. 

"We're little Camanche, and we've got to earn everything. We know teams are coming after us. They want what we have, so how bad do we want to hold on to what we've got?"

Camanche's motto this year is "Stay Up."

It has only two seniors on its roster. 

"We just have a lot of talent at different spots," Patel said. "We have shooters, we have people who can get to the rim, quickness and hard workers. We just have a bunch of overall talent meshed into one group."

Tipton hung around in the first half. Andrew Stewart finished with 19 points, 13 coming in the first nine minutes. However, Stewart picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and sat the last 5 1/2 minutes.

Camanche's full-court pressure eventually took its toll. It forced Tipton (1-1, 1-1) into 21 turnovers.

"Come the third and fourth quarters, teams start to wear down against that press," Patel said. "Our rampage starts happening."

Tipton could do nothing to slow down the barrage.

The Indians erupted for 30 points in the third quarter to seize control.

"We're so young that I don't know what to expect night in and night out," Davis said. "If we hit shots like that, we'll be very tough. If we're not hitting, we'll be in grind mode.

"I didn't see that coming. Tipton is a very good team."


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.