It was voting day Tuesday in Creston and Southwestern Community College elected to handily thump Quakerdale Academy Prep by a final of 107-72.
For the second game in a row it was D’Marqueyon Whittington who got the scoring going for SWCC as he sunk a floater in the lane through contact to earn an and-one and followed that with a 3-pointer from the wing for the Spartans’ first six points.
“We’ve known for a couple weeks now we were going to kind of lean on him here for a little bit,” said head coach Blake Peterson. “His ability to score the ball right now, knock down shots. ... Been really excited with the way he has been playing and hopefully that can keep rolling for us.”
Whittington finished with a game-high 19 points and once again knocked down four 3-pointers.
Noah Persich put up six of his 15 total points on the next two Spartan trips down the floor, knocking down 3-pointers from the wing on both sides of the floor.
The Eagles didn’t let SWCC’s lead escalate too quickly but with 8:22 left in the first half the Spartans had pushed out to a nine-point lead, 29-20.
Rasheed Barze came off the bench and deposited a mammoth dunk to emphatically swing momentum fully in favor of Southwestern.
The Spartans’ lead never dropped below double-digits after the Barze dunk.
“Sheed (Barze) is just kind of naturally a leader. He’s really vocal, ... but he kind of just takes over,” said Peterson.
Spartan big men Gatdoar Kueth and Chad Moran added 14 and 12 points, respectively, as Southwestern as a team shot over 60 percent from the field.
SWCC’s recent success over the past few years has come mainly from the starting five, but the bench play has certainly had its moments, keeping the Spartans out of trouble.
A majority of the second half Peterson got a good look at his second unit and even deeper into the bench as Southwestern’s lead extended into the 30s.
Jordan Doss has quickly proven to earn his minutes as his 17 points against the Eagles was the second most of any Spartan player.
Doss wasn’t afraid Tuesday to step out and shoot or draw contact through the lane as he hit a triple and had multiple and-one opportunities.
Taron Pickford had 11 points off the bench and Trevonte Diggs added seven in a similar role.
It wasn’t a flawless performance from the second unit, but early in the season Peterson thinks a few of the turnovers were caused by players looking to prove their worth on the floor.
But given the 30-point cushion throughout the half, the first-year head coach isn’t worried.
“I think the ball movement got a little stagnant, ... but overall I’ve been really happy with that group so far,” Peterson said.
Creston’s Evan Jacobson checked into the game with just over eight minutes to play and scored five points on a corner 3-pointer and a layup off an assist.
UP NEXT – Southwestern (2-0) will play one more home game on its three-game homestand to open up the regular season against St. Mary’s (Kansas) JV on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
QAP (72) — 30 42
SWCC (107) — 50 57
Quakerdale Academy Prep (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 23 6-9 61. Dezmond Washington 8 1-2 17, Naquan Addison 5 4-9 15, Jonathan Daniels 4 2-4 10, Deland Phillips 4 0-0 10, Mike Barker 4 1-1 9, Jaquez Harris 1 2-2 5, Malik Griffin 1 2-2 4, Kendell Grimes 1 0-1 2. 3-point goals — 4 (Phillips 2, Harris 1, Addison 1). Team fouls — 22. Fouled out — None.
SOUTHWESTERN (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 41 11-21 107. D’Marqueyon Whittington 7 1-1 19, Jordan Doss 6 4-5 17, Noah Persich 6 0-2 15, Gatdoar Kueth 4 6-9 14, Chad Moran 5 0-0 12, Taron Pickford 5 0-2 11, Trevonte Diggs 3 0-0 7, Evan Jacobson 2 0-0 5, Rasheed Barze 2 0-0 4, Jadon Payton 1 0-0 3. 3-point goals — 14 (Whittington 4, Persich 3, Moran 2, Diggs 1, Doss 1, Jacobson 1, Payton 1, Pickford 1). Rebounds – 50 (Barze 8, Moran 8, Doss 8, Pickford 5, Persich 4, Payton 3, Brandon Reed 3). Assists – 25 (Barze 9, Kueth 3, Payton 2, Persich 2, Reed 2, Mitchell Ward 2, Whittington 2). Team fouls — 22. Fouled out — None.