The Van Meter boys’ basketball team still just have one loss on the season after a blowout win against West Central Valley on Tuesday night in Stuart. The Bulldogs (16-1) beat the Wildcats (4-13) 61-36.
Senior Stephen Folkerts was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in the game with 26 points against the Wildcats. He added 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Senior Ben Flaherty was 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and had 10 points in the game. Sophomore Ben Trent came off the bench and recorded seven assists to go along with his four points.
Seniors Ben Engstrand and Parker Sukow had four steals each.
Folkerts led the way once again with 22 points on a 7-for-9 shooting performance for the Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 24 as they cruised to a 78-25 win over Woodward-Granger at Van Meter High School. He also added one trey on two attempts from beyond the arc and seven rebounds.
Van Meter led 42-13 at the half despite having 10 turnovers in the first half. They had only two turnovers in the second half.
“I thought we moved the ball better, we got some ball reversals, we didn’t take the first thing available,” VM coach Jed Alexander said about the Bulldogs’ turnover improvement in the second half. “I’m nitpicking on some things obviously. When you win by that amount you’ve got to find something that you need to improve on too.”
The Bulldogs piled up defensive stats with 12 team steals and four blocks in the win. Jacob Eslick had five steals and Parker Sukow had two blocks.
With the clock running in the fourth quarter Alexander subbed all four of his sophomores into the game with about six minutes remaining. Alexander said that the playing time was a “little bit of an award” for them.
“They scrimmage against our varsity a lot in practice and it’s kind of a look-see as to what we’re going to have next year because we’re very obviously senior laden,” Alexander said. “It’s kind of nice to put them in a varsity basketball game type experience already this year before they have to be the guys next year when all these seniors are gone.”
Sophomore Ben Trent was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and had seven points and fellow sophomore Alex Pothoff had three points going 1-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Sophomores Kyle Schmidt and Zach Forret tallied their first varsity stats of the season in the fourth quarter. Schmidt had one assist and Forret had one defensive rebound.