11-game win streak carries men’s basketball team

All-Iowa Conference guard Demarco Turner

It didn’t take long for the Central men’s basketball team to disprove the Iowa Conference coaches’ prediction that the Dutch would finish eighth in the nine-team league race.

Central reeled off 11 straight wins en route to a 12-1 start. Unfortunately, a six-game losing streak followed before the Dutch regrouped and closed the regular season with six consecutive victories. Central tied for fourth in the standings but was a title contender most of the way in the balanced conference. The Dutch finished 18-8, logging its second-highest victory total since 1980.

Senior guard Demarco Turnerwas again a first-team all-conference honoree. He averaged 12.9 points a game and hit a team-high 67 3-point goals. Meanwhile, junior power forward Jacob Winkler blossomed. He came off the bench yet averaged 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds and was second on the team in assists with 2.2. He received second-team all-league recognition. Senior post Jack Bruns averaged 9.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.

“Although there were many who did not have high expectations for us, we had aspirations of meeting the goals we set on a yearly basis,” coach Mike Boschee said. “I’m proud of the way we played and that we were able to bounce back and finish the season as strong as we did.”

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