The Cougars are taking on Sioux City North, who are ranked number 10 in the state, tonight. Sioux City North is 2-0 in conference play and 3-0 overall. Currently, the Cougar boys are ranked six in class 4A and are 4-0 overall, with wins against Burlington, Marion, Cedar Rapids Prairie and Iowa City High. They are expected to win by a four points according to the BCMoore Rankings.
Max Martino, sr., guard said that its Sioux City North's size that has the team worried.
"They have a starting line up from 6'3 to 6'8 and it's tough to match up against that," Martino said.
Brenden Drahn, sr., also agreed, saying that their height that is going to be a challenge.
Martino also said, "They have a three year varsity starting guard who is also their leading scorer." Martino referred to North's Danny Rudeen, who
averages 18 points per game and shoots over 50 percent for field goals and 85 percent from the free throw line.
Christian French, jr., Max Marino, sr., and Kyle Lamaak, jr., can all match Rudeen’s field goal percentage. French shots 72 percent from the field, so the Cougars shouldn't have trouble getting some points. However, it isn’t only Rudeen that Kennedy has to worry about. North’s Damek Tomscha averages 11.3 points per game and Patrick Kurth with 12.
Winning is crucial tonight for the Cougars, after their 11 point win over number 30 Iowa City High. The final score of that game, which was played last week, was 49-38.
“We almost overlooked City High last week and we didn’t play well,” said Martino. “I think we learned from that and we will come out ready to play.”
When asked what is needed to beat the number ten ranked team, Martino replied, “Like always, we have to play sound team defense and rebound.”
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