By Bryan Fox
It was raining threes for the Mater Dei Wildcats in their first half of their game against the Boonville Pioneers. Played at Mater Dei's Alles Athletic Center on Jan. 5, the Wildcats would hit 10 of their 17 threes in the first half and that would be all they would need as they would rout the Pioneers by the score of 93-65.
It was the Pioneers (1-10) most lopsided defeat since losing to Castle by 32 in the first game of the season.
Despite the Wildcats barrage of threes in the first half. They actually started the game by scoring more from the inside. Mater Dei's 6'6 junior Tyler Phelps hit all four of his field goal attempts in the first quarter most of which was in the paint.
The Pioneers were close with the Wildcats to start the game. A basket by Devin Mockobee tied the game at 11 midway through the quarter. The Wildcats would score a total of 28 points in the quarter while the Pioneers would end the quarter with 19.
At this point, the Wildcats were still in the game.
The Wildcats went on the three point shooting spree in the second quarter.
To end the quarter, the Wildcats would hit four consecutive three point baskets to end the half which would put the game out of reach for the Pioneers. By playing up-tempo and pushing the ball up the court. Mater Dei would find the open man before the Pioneers would have a chance to set their defense. Thus, they were able to shoot a lot of uncontested three pointers.
"We need to do a better job contesting shots and knowing personnel. Our rotations were a little slow but give them credit. They played really well," Pioneers coach Brian Schoonover said.
Zach Schoenstein led four players in double figure scoring for the Wildcats with 23.
Andy Heldman would be next scoring 17 points hitting all five of his field goals including four from behind the arc. Phelps would add 14 and Dawson Caswell would contribute with 12.
The Pioneers would be led the inside presence of Zeb Miles who would finish with 13 points. Rylan Hicks would add 12.