Freshman finish fantastic season

by Gunnar Davis

Recently, the PCM Mustangs freshman boys’ basketball team finished up their season when they traveled to Greene County on Feb. 12. They beat the Rams convincingly, 76-10. This final win put an exclamation point on a season that saw the freshmen post a 13-4 record.
“We had a hardworking group of freshmen this year,” Coach Bill Wright said. “They lacked in size, but they played really good defense. They hustled every day in practice, worked really hard and got better over the course of the year.”
Some of the key wins this year for the team were two close victories over both North Polk and Gilbert. The team also beat Pella with only seven available players. They also beat a Knoxville team late in the season after an early season overtime loss. Of the four losses this team experienced, two were in overtime and one was against a JV team.
The freshman team was well rounded in scoring, as they had five players average six to 10 points per game this season. Brayton Van Dyke led the team and averaged 13.4 points. Nick Dredge led the team in steals and assists with 44 and 49, respectively. Isaac Telfer led the way on the boards, averaging just over six per game.
“It was magical,” Telfer said. “We played like a team. I enjoyed spending time on the bus after wins. We stayed together as a team after losses and bounced back. I just wish it could have lasted a little longer.”
Wright is hoping the freshmen can build off a good first season on the court.
“Hopefully they will spend a lot of time shooting in the offseason and working on their game, because I think they can do a lot for us on the varsity level some day.”