BLAIRSBURG - Noah Ronnfeldt is seemingly always productive when he's on the basketball court. The problems arise when he can't stay on the court.
One word: Fouls.
But the senior forward played aggressive and smart Friday night, which is exactly what the Northeast Hamilton boys' basketball team needed to run away from Waterloo Christian, 55-20, in Iowa Star Conference action.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton junior Logan Seiser (41) goes over Waterloo Christian’s Zach Goedken during Friday’s game in Blairsburg. The Trojans won easily, 55-20.
Ronnfeldt connected on 10 of 12 shots from close range and scored a game-high 20 points to help the Trojans improve to 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the ISC.
"Noah's very effective inside, but the big thing is just staying on the floor and not getting in foul trouble," NEH head coach John Seiser said. "He really did a good job (Friday night)."
Waterloo Christian (0-7, 0-6) opted to stay in its man-to-man defensive scheme throughout, and Ronnfeldt and Logan Seiser took advantage underneath. Logan Seiser notched 19 points, the majority coming from the paint, and added 13 rebounds to secure a double-double.
NE Hamilton 55, Waterloo Christian 20
Waterloo Christian (0-7, 0-6 ISC) - Timothy Doering 1 2-5 4, Matt Gillen 2 0-0 6, Matt Miller 0 0-2 0, Alan Mazzarella 2 0-0 4, Andrew Wiele 1 0-2 2, Danny Hall 2 0-0 4. Totals: 8 2-9 20.
Northeast Hamilton (4-2, 3-2 ISC) - Gabe Rapp 3 0-0 7, Tyler Smith 2 0-0 4, Trevor Klaver 1 0-0 3, Stephen Chamness 1 0-0 2, Noah Ronnfeldt 10 0-0 20, Logan Seiser 9 0-2 19. 26 0-2 55.
Quarter scores - NEH led 12-5, 23-15, 41-19. 3-point field goals - WC 2 (Gillen 2); NEH 3 (Rapp, Klaver, Seiser). Rebounds - NEH 27 (Seiser 13). Steals - NEH 5 (Seiser 2, Ronnfeldt 2). Assists - NEH 15 (Klaver 11). Team fouls - WC 12, NEH 9. Fouled out - none.
"I was really happy because the kids did a great job of passing the ball and working for good shots," John Seiser said. "We knew they really didn't have anyone that could match up well with our post players, so that's where we tried to go."
Point guard Trevor Klaver repeatedly fed the post to the tune of 11 assists to go along with one 3-point basket. Gabe Rapp added seven points.
NEH made half of their shots from the field (26 of 52). The Trojans turned a relatively close contest into a blowout in the second half by outscoring Waterloo Christian 32-5.
Waterloo Christian, which made just eight shots from the floor, received six points from Matt Gillen, and four from Timothy Doering and Danny Hall.
The Trojans will be back at home on Tuesday to host the Meskwaki Settlement School.