There’s basketball games where the shots just aren’t falling. Sometimes there's a team that just can't miss. When that happens, the results aren’t pretty.
That’s essentially what happened to the Muscatine varsity boys on Monday night.
The last time these two teams played, Davenport North won by 12. So there was reason for the Muskies to be optimistic coming in. But any sense of optimism expired quickly in what turned out to be a 67-23 loss Monday night in Muscatine.
The first quarter ended with Muscatine down 20-6. And North was just getting started.
With a couple minutes remaining in the first quarter, Davenport North started a 29-0 run that lasted the entirety of the second period.
Muscatine did get some good looks on offense, but couldn’t get anything to fall.
The missed shots on offense also influenced the defense.
“If you’re shots aren’t falling," Muscatine coach John Windham said after the game, "the defensive intensity goes down.”
On the flip side, the opposite of that was true for Davenport North (7-8, 6-6 MAC). The Wildcats were led by Quincy Wiseman, who all of his game-high 18 in the first half.
There was plenty to go around for the Wildcats, though.
It wasn't just Winston, however, as North racked up 13 threes for the game.
“They started knocking down shots and all the sudden, they’re feeling good so their offense now makes their defense better because they’re getting all pumped up and want to get after it, Windham said.
Wiseman, a sophomore, came into the game averaging 10.3 points per game but had nine at the end of the first frame. All but one of his baskets came from three (and the one from inside the arc was a converted and-one.)
Muscatine, meanwhile, struggled to find any consistent offense. With every missed shot, confidence sunk and players became more hesitant to pull the trigger the next time down.
“You have to have confidence to shoot the ball," Windham said. "Sometimes we have some guys who do not feel confident shooting, therefore, it puts pressure on the other guys to step up and shoot the ball.”
The missed shots were exacerbated by a lack of rebounding on the offensive end.
"When you’re not making shots, somebody else should be picking up the pieces," Windham said. "But that just didn't come to fruition for Windham's squad on Monday night."
Sophomores Noah Yahn and Josh Dieckman led the Muskies (0-15, 0-12 MAC) in scoring, Yahn had 13 and Dieckman 6.
But the Muskies just couldn't match the firepower they were going up against. Yahn was the only Muscatine player to hit from three.
Muscatine will have a chance to put this one behind it in a hurry as it travel to Burlington tomorrow night.
Davenport North 67, Muscatine 23
Muscatine -- Briggs Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Sean Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Yahn 5-9 0-0 13, Cooper Zeck 0-1 0-0 0, Jose Martinez 0-3 0-0 0, Gabe Mulder 0-3 0-0 0, Nate Dierks 0-7 0-0 0, Brady McDaniel 1-2 0-0 2, Bredyn Seaman 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Josh Dieckman 2-7 2-2 6, Braden Hufford 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 9-40 2-2 23
3-point goals: Muscatine 3-21 (Miller 0-2, Brown 0-1, Yahn 3-6, Martinez 0-1, Mulder 0-3, Diercks 0-7, Hufford 0-1)