Van Buren 69, Columbus Junction 61: The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-point lead in the opening quarter but the Warriors outscored them by 16 points during the fourth quarter and regulation to hand them a loss in the season opener.
Although Columbus Junction coach Dave Lekwa wasn't pleased his team came up short on the scoreboard, the coach found plenty of positives for his young Wildcats. For starters, Monday was the first varsity action for five of his eight players and he said he saw "a lot of good things" out of them.
Columbus opened the game by torching Van Buren's 2-3 zone, but a 1-3-1 zone slowed the Wildcats offensively. Senior Abel Mena led Columbus Junction with 21 points and senior Tommy Pretz added 14.
Durant 94, Danville 91: The Wildcats opened their season with a shootout win in overtime against the Bears Monday night led by Ty Chenault's 25 points. Four other Durant players reached double figures led by Mason Compton's 19 points. Curtis Lilenthal added 18, Bryce Lafrenz had 13 and Joe Lilenthal scored 10 points in the win.
Durant coach Matt Straube said Danville deployed a full-court press for the entire game, forcing his team to play a much more uptempo style than its used to.
Even so, he felt the Wildcats responded well, as they were able to get the ball to the middle of the court which resulted in a barrage of open layups and free throws.