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January 20, 1999

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— It seemed as if Kansas City Christian's high school boys basketball game was against the Chicago Bears instead of the Oskaloosa Bears.

Oskaloosa played like the Monsters of the Midway on Tuesday night, utilizing its full-court pressure defense to force 28 KC Christian turnovers -- including 10 first-quarter miscues -- in a 71-39 victory in the first round of the McLouth Invitational.

"We work a lot on pressure defense," Oskaloosa senior Jon Raney said. "We like to get out on them early, play strong, play great defense and hustle."

Raney had three steals against the Panthers, second only to senior George Guerra's team-high five thefts. Raney also scored a game-high 15 points.

"I definitely try and step up," said Raney, a 6-0 point guard. "I rely on my teammates to help me. George had a great game hustling, got me probably most of my points. I've got to give credit to `G' and the rest of the team."

A play that symbolized the Bears' defensive philosophy came with 1:17 left in the third quarter. Guerra stole the ball in the backcourt from KC Christian senior Jesse Banion and tossed it to Raney while falling out of bounds. Raney took the ball to the hoop, converting the basket and drawing a foul.

The Bears (6-2) led by as many as 20 points in the first half, thanks in part to senior Kris Cannon's 11 second-quarter points. The Bears, who had 11 players score, used an 11-2 run to close the third quarter, pulling away from KC Christian (0-5).

Oskaloosa will face KC Maranatha, a 57-40 winner over McLouth, in the second semifinal game Friday night. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at the McLouth gym.

"It was a good win for us," said Guerra, who scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. "It gives us momentum for the tournament."

Oskaloosa 71, KC Christian 39

KC Christian (39)

Jesse Banion 1-4 1-2 4, Nic Allen 3-8 0-0 6, Zach Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Brett Okken 0-0 0-0 0, Shane Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Jamie Woller 4-11 3-4 13, Jon Ford 2-6 2-5 6, Matt Totsch 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 15-42 6-11 39.

Oskaloosa (71)

Jon Raney 6-14 3-4 15, George Guerra 6-11 1-1 14, Kyle Rockhold 2-4 1-2 6, Kris Cannon 5-8 1-3 11, Justin Folsom 2-2 0-0 4, Chris Avalos 2-4 0-0 4, Stephan Sessoms 1-4 0-1 2, Billy Noll 1-3 2-2 4, Kyle Kitchen 3-5 0-0 8, Jared Decker 1-3 0-0 2, Brock Best 0-1 1-2 1, Derek Hanson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 9-15 71.

KC Christian 14 7 7 11 -- 39

Oskaloosa 21 18 13 19 -- 71

Three-point goals -- KC Christian 3-10 (Woller 2-6, Banion 1-2, Allen 0-2), Oskaloosa 4-16 (Kitchen 2-4, Rockhold 1-2, Guerra 1-4, Decker 0-1, Raney 0-5). Total fouls -- KC Christian 16, Oskaloosa 16. Turnovers -- KC Christian 28, Oskaloosa 10.

Maranatha 57, McLouth 40

McLouth -- Senior Clint Moore scored a game-high 19 points as KC Maranatha advanced to the semifinals. The Bulldogs (1-8) were led by sophomore Aaron Gardner's 10 points.

McLouth 10 11 8 11 -- 40

KC Maranatha 16 12 14 15 -- 57

McLouth -- Aaron Gardner 10, Jeff Schwinn 9, Jim Holwick 8, Shane Duncan 7, Robert Smith 4, Joe Thomas 2.

KCM -- Clint Moore 19, Adam Ehrlich 12, Chad Ross 8, Kevin Braun 8, Brandon Edmonson 8, Eric Wirtz 2.

Jeff North 73, P-L 55

Mark Sedlak scored 23 points to lead top-seeded Jefferson North to a first-round win. John Mulvihill scored 17 points to lead P-L (1-9).

Jefferson North 19 22 20 12 -- 73

Perry-Lecompton 11 12 16 16 -- 55

Jefferson North -- Kyle Schrick 4, Anthony Nicholl 6, Brad Noll 111, Bryan Bertels 14, Chris Nichols 9, Mark Sedlak 23, Robert Courter 6.

Perry-Lecompton -- John Mulvihill 17, Leroy Smith 9, George Eshnaur 6, Daniel Sailors 0, David Dean 4, Josh Zimmerman 4, Wes Cottrell 8, Shannon Ritchie 5, Brandon Herschell 2.

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