Triton men meet DMACC

BOONE – Iowa Central has played seventh-ranked DMACC tough this season, but head coach Dennis Pilcher is hoping his club is able to put together a more complete game this time around.

The fifth-seeded Tritons (20-12 overall) will travel to face the top-seeded Bears (26-5) in a Region XI semifinal contest.

“They’re a very good ballclub,” Pilcher said. “They’re good inside and outside. (Derek) Williams is so fast.

“They have a big physical 6-7 kid, we doubled him and he still did a good job finding the open man.”

The winner will play the victor of the other semifinal between second-seed Iowa Lakes and third-seed Kirkwood on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the higher seeds home court.

In the last meeting between the two squads, Iowa Central dropped an 85-80 decision. Dylan Travis paced the Tritons with 27 points. Jesse Jones had 19 and Javonte Young added 13.

For the Bears, Brandon Nazione led the way with 23 points. LeTrell Viser (16), Jon Fuqua (14) and Derek Williams (13) also reached double figures.

Iowa Central had a solid night from the field, connecting on 45 percent (29-for-64). DMACC shot 34 of 62 from the floor (54.8 percent). The Tritons hit 11 three, while DMACC hit seven.

DMACC out-rebounded the Tritons 40-28. In the meeting in Boone, DMACC won 94-77. Jamar Hurdle had 25 for the Bears, while Trey Sampson (16), Williams (12), Nazione (11) and Aarias Austin (11) also had double digits.

Young led the Tritons with 20. Jones (18), Ky Kramer (13) and Winston Yergler (12) reached double figures.

Iowa Central shot only 30 percent from the floor on 22 of 72 shooting. The Bears shot a solid 61.7 percent (37 of 60).

“We played well against them last time,” Pilcher said. “With four minutes to go it was tied, then all of the sudden we couldn’t throw it in the ocean and what they threw up went in.

“We shot the ball well and had good transition. We just have to do a super job this time.”