DAVENPORT, Iowa — Joe Wieskamp arguably had his best basketball game in a Muscatine uniform last season at Davenport Assumption.
He torched the Knights for 47 points and 11 rebounds in a Muskie victory.
Assumption wasn't going to let the Iowa recruit single handedly beat them Tuesday night.
The Knights cut off the driving lanes and were physical with the 6-foot-6 senior throughout the contest in rolling to a 69-47 victory.
"Our whole purpose was to make it hard on him all night," Assumption guard Trent Fitzpatrick said. "He's an amazing player, but we had some very athletic guys that we put on him.
"We wanted to get the ball out of his hands as much as we could."
Assumption coach Matt Fitzpatrick talked several times with his team leading up to the game about Wieskamp's explosive performance a year ago.
"We were going to do everything we could to make sure it didn't happen," coach Fitzpatrick said. "I thought everything today was contested. We had bodies in front of him."
Wieskamp, who returned after missing last Friday's game with illness, finished with a season-low 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Anthony Valainis drew the assignment most of the game, but Assumption (5-5, 5-3) always had a second and sometimes third defender to keep Wieskamp from getting uncontested looks.
"We were all in the gaps, we were all talking," Valainis said. "We didn't want to have anybody on an island all by themselves guarding him. When you're a cohesive group like our own, you're going to do good against a player like that.
"We weren't going to stop him, but we were going to slow him down."
It was physical. It was chippy.
Even so, Assumption was in control for much of the game.
The Knights led 28-19 at intermission and outscored the Muskies (6-4, 5-3) 25-13 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Muscatine had trouble getting defensive stops. Assumption had four players in double figures and shot 58 percent for the field.
"They did a real good job against our matchup (zone)," Muscatine coach Gary Belger said. "When we went to man in that second half, we knew we'd have a hard time. They're big and they can all move."
Jackson Foulk was the only other Muskie in double figures with 13 points.
Belger admitted Wieskamp was fatigued coming off the illness and didn't move as well on the perimeter.
"We've got to get more out of other people," Belger said. "They had opportunities tonight, particularly early in the game, but it didn't happen.
"Assumption deserved to win. They played well. Muscatine was not the aggressor. We were the reactor and that doesn't work well in basketball or in life."
After seven consecutive road conference games, Muscatine plays eight of its next nine league games at home starting Friday night against 10th-ranked Pleasant Valley.
Fitzpatrick led Assumption with 19 points.