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Men's basketball season off to good start

By Mbololwa Mundia
On December 7, 2015

With 20 games to go, the Kirkwood men’s basketball team is off to a good start with an 8-1 streak. 

The men lost on Nov. 21 against Iowa Western Community College, ending the game at a slim defeat of 83 to 92. 

After their first loss of the season, the Kirkwood Eagles still have their sights set on making it to Regionals. “The team is capable of reaching their goal,” said Head Coach Bryan Peterson. 

Sophomore guard Hunter Rhodes, from Canton, Ill., is helping the team accumulate wins. According to the Kirkwood athletic website, Rhodes is the current Featured Athlete for the Men’s Basketball team at Kirkwood. 

Rhodes currently averages 14.4 points per game and shoots 63 percent – going 12 for 19 - from behind the 3-point line. He is also averaging 3.4 assists per game and 2.4 rebounds. In his last game against Marshalltown on Nov. 12, he dropped 31 points and led Kirkwood to a 90-71 victory. 

“The team is still improving and the freshmen are coming along well,” said Peterson. 

With practices every day, including during Thanksgiving break, the team goes over plays as they would during an actual game, practicing as both defense and offense, running drills and practicing free throws, according to Peterson. 

After the team’s IWCC defeat, they made a comeback by winning on Nov. 24 against Black Hawk College in Moline, 73 - 68.

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