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Ironmen boys basketball clinch Big 12 Conference title

Niekamp dominates Danville in perfect performance
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On Senior Night, the Ironmen clinched the Big 12 Conference title with standout performances from seniors Dexter Niekamp and Braylon Roman. Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Jeff Christopherson

The Ironmen boys basketball team secured the Big 12 Conference championship with a 73-48 win over the Danville Vikings on Feb. 2.
With the victory, Community improved to 9-0 in conference play, placing the Big 12 title beyond the reach of the 8-1 Richwoods Knights.
Despite one conference contest remaining, the Ironmen own the season tie-breaker over Richwoods after vanquishing the Lathan Sommerville-led Knights 57-49 on Jan. 12.
In Friday’s win over Danville, Dexter Niekamp led the charge for the Ironmen.
Niekamp racked up 17 points in as many minutes on the floor while tallying three assists and a steal.
The senior didn’t miss a shot–sinking each of his five field goals, going four-for-four from the charity stripe and hitting his lone perimeter attempt.
Niekamp dialed in a performance so perfect it was almost easy to overlook Braylon Roman’s own 17-point performance.
The 6-foot-4 point guard connected on 65% of his shots, hitting three of his eight attempts from beyond the arc.
Jaheem Webber rounded out the Ironmen’s triumphant effort with his play on both ends of the court. With 12 points to his name, Webber’s impact extended beyond the scoring column, as he recorded nine rebounds and two blocks for the Iron.

Niko Newsome and Kobe Walker each had seven points in the contest, with Walker pulling down a team-leading 10 rebounds.

With the game out of reach early, Mac Brennan made the most of his playing time in the second half. Brennan finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds.

Noah Cleveland played just six minutes in the game as the senior battled an illness throughout the week.

Community will look to finish the season perfect in conference action when they head to Normal West to face the Wildcats on Feb. 16.

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