OELWEIN – Despite being down most of the game, Wapsie Valley came back to beat Oelwein 66-64 on Saturday afternoon.
Oelwein was unable to find any answers to slow down Wapsie Valley senior guard Paul Rundquist, who scored 33 of the Warriors 66 total points. Junior Kiks Rosengarten added 18 in Wapsie Valley’s win.
“Wapsie Valley is a really good team and they have two dudes that can really play,” said Oelwein boys basketball head coach Nick Schauf. “Rundquist is a really good guard in our area and he was hitting some tough shots. Rosengarten is tall and bigger than any of our guys and played really well, too.”
The game remained close during the first half with Oelwein going to halftime with a 40-36 lead.
In the third quarter, Oelwein kept the momentum going and had a 57-49 lead going into the game’s final quarter.
However, Oelwein only managed to score nine points in the fourth quarter, as Wapsie Valley clawed back into the game and took the lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
With 30 seconds remaining, Huskies guard Zach Wegner hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 64 apiece. However, Rundquist scored a bucket on the Warriors next possession to clinch the game for Wapsie Valley.
Schauf said Wapsie Valley was able to make some timely shots late in the game to come back.
“We hit some shots early and went cold for a stretch,” Schauf said. “It was a game of runs. It was tough to come out on the bottom of it.”
Five different players scored double-digit points for Oelwein against Wapsie Valley. Dom Robertson led the team with 14 points, Dillon Arndt scored 12, Jacob King scored 11, Wegner scored 11 and Steven Nicolay scored 10.
Schauf said Wapsie Valley’s zone defense gave his team some trouble.
“Teams have been trying to shadow Dom [Robertson] and not let him get out on transition,” Schauf said. “That’s what they did tonight, and that’s what Crestwood did, so we just have to be able to adapt to that. Other guys have to step up and make some plays.”
Schauf said his team competed well against Wapsie Valley after falling to Crestwood 62-46 on Thursday.
“I think we just learned about ourselves about what we need to do against zone defenses,” Schauf said. “We can’t pass it around the perimeter. We have to work a little high-low action and swing it.”
Saturday’s game against Wapsie Valley was Oelwein’s final home game of the season. Prior to the game, seven Oelwein seniors were honored, including Arndt, Cole Dahl, Mason Meyer, Steven Nicolay, Robertson, Isaac Thornton and Wegner.
“This is a special group of seniors,” Schauf said. “They all contributed in their own special way and they are a good group of kids that will go on to do great things.”
Oelwein falls to 12-7 with Saturday’s loss and Wapsie Valley moves to 11-9 with their win.
Up next for Oelwein is a Thursday varsity regional game at North Linn High School at 6:30.