PELLA — The tone was set from the start, Pella Christian was not going to be denied their first win of the season on Monday night as the Eagles flew past PCM, 74-40.
“I was really pleased with how we responded to a tough first week,” Pella Christian head coach JD Boer said. “We came out with a better sense of urgency on the defensive end of the floor and really put the pressure on our opponents right from the tip.”
The Eagles’ smothering defensive effort made life difficult for PCM as Boer picked up his first win as head coach at PC.
After losing the opening tip, Eric Mulder quickly jumped the passing lane for a steal and two-handed slam on the other end of the floor. PC would control play from there on as they would record 19 steals on the night.
The Eagles dominated the first quarter behind their defense as they led 18-2 after the first eight minutes without allowing a single field goal to PCM.
In fact, the Mustangs were denied their first field goal for the first 11 minutes of game time as PC built their lead to 31-3 before PCM would put it through the basket.
Pella Christian took a 42-15 halftime lead but PCM would have their best showing in the third quarter but PC would still lead by 23.
Both sides would empty their benches in the fourth quarter as the Eagles cruised to victory.
“We shot the ball really well and had a lot of different players involved offensively,” Boer said. “We played hard, and it was good to see that effort pay off.”
The Eagles would shoot 50% from the field and 45.8% from deep as the offense had things clicking. 10 players would score for PC including four in double figures.
Jaedon Huisman knocked down four triples for 12 points while Levi Schelhaas and Lucas Hol both had 11 points. Eric Mulder would finish with 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, five steals and two blocks.
“We're looking forward to a couple good days of practice before going up against another really good opponent in Indianola,” Boer said. “We still have a lot of room for growth, a lot of things to get better on, but there's still a lot of season ahead of us.”
Pella Christian (1-2, 0-1 LHC) gets back into conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. when they host Indianola (1-2, 0-1 LHC).