dawson going up for layup

Northeast senior Dawson Rickords rises up for a lay-up during the first half of Tuesday’s River Valley North clash with Camanche. Rickords had eight points and tied for the team-lead with three assists.

GOOSE LAKE — A strong start zapped most of the tension from an early battle of ranked foes Tuesday night.

Visiting Camanche — ranked fourth in Class 2A — bolted out to a 17-4 lead in the opening quarter, forcing the ninth-ranked Northeast boys basketball team to play catch up on its home floor.

The Rebels, though, could not reel in the Indians, who made nearly 60 percent of their two-point attempts and nearly half of all of their shots in a 65-46 victory.

The Indians’ length bothered the Northeast offense, especially in the first half where the Rebels shot just 6-of-25 from the field and did not make any of their nine three-point attempts.

After the two teams traded hoops in the opening minute — Judd Swanton provided Northeast’s bucket — Camanche steadily took control of the game.

The Indians scored the next five points and then followed a Dawson Rickords hoop with 10 more to build their 13-point lead.

The Rebels picked up a pair of hoops from Grant Rickertsen to close out the first quarter, but the visitors held a 22-7 lead heading to the second stanza.

Five early points by Trey McAleer helped keep the margin at 15, but it soon grew again, thanks to a six-point Camanche push and it was 33-16 at the half.

The Rebels got their offense going in the third quarter, scoring a game-high 17 points — eight of which came from Swanton — but Camanche kept pace to keep their advantage and outscored the Rebels, 16-13, in the fourth quarter to finish off the win.

Behind his big third quarter, Swanton led the Rebels with 12 points and blocked three shots.

McAleer added 11 points and had both two assists and three steals.

Rickords chipped in eight points and three assists, while Rickertsen had seven points.

Dakota Stevenson, meanwhile, grabbed a team-high five rebounds and joined Rickords with three assists.