WEST BRANCH, Iowa – West Branch won its fourth game in a row Friday night, knocking off rival Iowa City Regina, 69-56, here in a River Valley Conference contest. The Bears avenged an earlier-season setback to the Regals. Junior point…
WEST BRANCH, Iowa – West Branch won its fourth game in a row Friday night, knocking off rival Iowa City Regina, 69-56, here in a River Valley Conference contest. The Bears avenged an earlier-season setback to the Regals.
Junior point guard Holden Arnaman Holden Arnaman 6'3" | PG West Branch | 2024 State IA (6-2) led the way for the winners with 29 points and six assists. He’s been one of my favorite players to watch this season. He has shown incredible handles and ability to change speeds. He’s been scoring on all three levels with a vengeance.
Arnaman along with Reese Trepanier Reese Trepanier 6'0" | SF West Branch | 2024 State IA have provided West Branch (8-8) with a potent 1-2 punch. The latter netted 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting from the floor, including knocking down 3 of 4 three-point attempts. He pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to go with a block and a steal.
Trepanier, like Arnaman, can score from anywhere inside 20 feet. He handles it very well, brings muscle and defends effectively with his size and athleticism.
The Bears boast a strong group of role players around Arnaman and Trepanier. On this night, senior Jack McCullough came through with 11 points, showing good quickness and an ability to spread the floor. He also played tough defense.
Senior Andy Henson grabbed four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists for the winners. ’24 Cameron Gingerich chipped in with two assists for West Branch.
I was once again impressed with Regina junior guard Eddie Petersen. He worked hard on Arnaman and ran the Regal offense well. He showed a knack for getting all the way to the rim and can finish with strength and athleticism.
’24 Drew Streb is consistently solid for Regina (7-10). He offers a well-rounded game with the ability to handle it, shoot it, rebound it and defend. He competes hard.
Regal junior Michael Martin brings excellent length and smooth release from the outside to the guard position. He excels off of the ball, moving well without it. He can handle it, too, and sees the floor at a high level.
John Devery (’24) provides muscle in the paint for Regina. He stands out for his defense, rebounding and effectiveness in setting screens from which he rolls smoothly.