MONROE — The Little Dutch made the short drive up Highway 163 to Monroe to do battle with neighboring rival PCM Monday night. The Mustangs were up for the challenge and gave a strong effort for a half, but a deep and talented Dutch team proved to be a load in the second half and pulled away for an 82-49 non-conference win.
Pella erupted for an 11-0 run right out of the chute and it appeared that an early rout was in progress. That run featured threes by Karl Miller and Noah Allen, a pair of inside buckets by Keegan Hansen and a free throw by Preston Rowe.
An early time out by Mustang coach Fred Lorensen provided some needed adjustments for his team and the Mustangs scored the next eight points to narrow the gap to 11-8. The rumble was on for the rest of the first period and at the end it was Pella clinging to a 20-18 lead.
The Dutch began to find some traction in the second quarter and they hit a 9-0 run in the middle of the period to take a 37-25 lead. In that surge Luke Hardman cashed in a baseline drive and a pair of free throws while Parker Elder drove the lane for two and Noah Allen rifled in a three ball. Pella was able to sustain that lead and take a 43-30 advantage into the intermission.
The Mustangs tried hard to stay in contention in the third stanza and they pulled to within 10 at 49-39 in the first four minutes of the period. But the Pella depth and defensive pressure was taking its toll as Pella used a 10-2 run to finish the quarter with a 59-41 lead.
The Dutch hauled out the long range artillery to open the final frame and they nailed four triples in a row to give them a total of 12 for the game. Getting in on the three point fun would be, Miller, Allen, Hansen and Luke Keitges. The Dutch were on a roll and they cruised into victory lane with a nice win.
“We brought some great energy early in the game,” Pella Coach Derek Schulte said. “PCM did a nice job of coming back and they made us work. The third quarter set the tone. We stayed together and were able to get some separation with our transition game and that is a strong suit for us. It was just a good non-conference win and we were able to play a lot of kids.”
Balance was a key for Pella as three green clad players were in double digits and another just missed. Miller led the team with 18 points and he completed an impressive line with nine rebounds and eight assists. Allen was next with 15 points and he led the team in thievery with three steals. Hansen checked in with 10 points and Elder came in with nine points. Mustang big guy, Durant Van Dyke led his team with 18 points and Jacob Wendt added 10 points.
The Dutch are now 8-2 and tied for the Little Hawkeye Conference lead with a 4-1 record. Tuesday night the Dutch host the Tigers from Grinnell and Friday they make the long trip across town to tangle with the Eagles at Pella Christian.
Pella 20 23 16 23 - 82
PCM 18 12 11 8 - 49
Pella scoring (FG FTM/FTA PTS) – Luke Keitges 2 0/2 5, Luke Hardman 2 2/2 6, Noah Allen 4 4/4 15, Chase Lauman 1 0/0 2, Preston Rowe 3 2/3 8, Karl Miller 6 ½ 18, Keegan Hansen 4 0/0 10, Parker Elder 2 5/8 9, Jrake Van Hemert 2 0/0 5, Isaac Semini 1 1/2 3. Team 27 16/27 82. Three Point Goals (12) – Miller 5, Allen 3, Hanson 2, Keitges 1, Van Hemert 1.
Pella rebounds (30) – Miller 9, Hanson 5, Elder 3, Rowe 3, Lauman 2, Cam Schulte 2, Ethan Quayle 2, Keitges 1, Allen 1, Ayden Gordon 1, Mitch Miller 1.
Pella steals (12) – Allen 3, Rowe 2, M. Miller 2, Keitges 1, Hardman 1, K. Miller 1, Hanson 1, Brayden Treatow 1.
Pella assists (19) – K. Miller 8, Allen 3, Rowe 2, Hanson 2, Elder 2, Gordon 1, Roman Hugen 1.