DES MOINES, Iowa - Listed below are the game recpas of the Class 3A field at the Iowa high school boys state basketball tournament in Des Moines. The rankings used are those of the Iowa Sports Spotlight.
2013 Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament
Class 3A Quarterfinals - Monday, March 4th
MOC-Floyd Valley 52, #7 Grinnell 44
End 1st: Grinnell 12, MOC-Floyd Valley 10
Grinnell's Joe Nowasell scores the last six points for the Tigers, four of them coming on fast-break opportunities to give Grinnell the early lead. Grinnell is shooting 5-for-10, including 3 of 5 from Nowasell.
For the Dutch, Levi Jansen and Christian Korver each hit 3-pointers to lift the load for MOC-FV, who shot 4-for-11 in the first eight minutes.
Half: Grinnell 23, MOC-FV 19
Nowasell can score on the drive as well as pull up from deep, and he's done all of that adding his first half total to 13 points.
He's 5-for-11 from the floor while his Tigers are 9-for-25.
Foul trouble is something that should be weighing on the Dutchmen mind. Two starters — Trey Achterhoff and Mitchell De Wit — each have three fouls apiece.
Despite that, MOC-FV is outrebounding the Tigers 21-16 and outscoring Grinnell from deep by hitting two more 3-pointers, both coming in the first quarter.
End 3rd: MOC-FV 35, Grinnell 32
That quarter contained a run by each team. To start out the quarter, the Dutchmen opened the second half on a 5-0 run, and the Tigers ended the half on a 5-0 run, but didn't have the final say.
Jansen hit a three as time expired, MOC-FV had a five-point lead late in the quarter prior to the Tigers opening up a little streak of their own.
Nowasell has 15 points, while Justin Van Kalsbeek has nine for MOC-FV.
A near three-minute drought from Grinnell and a 17-point effort from the Dutchmen help allow the Dutchmen upset Grinnell and are the first 3-A team to advance to the semifinals.
Justin Van Kalsbeek led MOC-FV with 12 points; Grinnell's Joe Nowasell had a game-high 17 points.
Below is audio from freshman Levi Jensen.
Grinnell head coach Scott Sharp:
#9 Harlan 67, #1 Vinton-Shellsburg 56
End 1st: Harlan 11, Vinton-Shellsburg 10
Trey Lansman isn't intimidated in the act that the Vikings are undefeated coming into the state tournament. In fact, none of the Cyclones are as they lead 11-10 at the end of the quarter.
Lansman has seven points for Harlan, but what gave the Cyclones the lead was three free throws by Brandon Bjoin as he was fouled under a minute by Chris Merchant.
Merchant, however, ended a near four-minute dry spell by hitting a 3-pointer of his own. Maxton Kearns leads the Vikings with four points.
Half: Harlan 27, V-S 26
Lansman only had a bucket in the second quarter for Harlan, but other Cyclones contributed.
Kyle Juhl scored four straight points while brother Adam added a 3-pointer to give the Cyclones their largest lead of the game.
Nolan Sagan ended this Viking drought with a jumper in the lane at the 3:04 mark that started a mini 8-4 run to close the quarter.
Kearns has 10 points for the Vikings.
End 3rd: Harlan 50, V-S 36
Whatever Harlan coach Mitch Osborn said at halftime, it worked. The Cyclones started the quarter on a 10-0 run, giving them a near-20-point lead heading into the final eight minutes.
3-pointers from Cave and A. Juhl sparked the rally, sparking their shooting percentage to 43 percent.
Harlan has also visited the free throw line more often than the Vikings — 18 to V-S's seven.
Juhl has 14 points for Harlan; Kearns remains the leading scorer for the Vikings with 10.
Four Cyclones end up with double-figure scoring allowing Harlan to upset the top-ranked Vikings.
Vinton-Shellsburg won the quarter, 20-17, but it was that 10-0 run in the third quarter that abruptly ended the Vikings' run at a state title.
Kearns ended the day with 19 points for the Vikings while Grant Sagan had 11.
#2 Davenport Assumption 55, #10 Dallas Center-Grimes 45
End 1st: DC-G 11, Davenport Assumption 7
A cold start isn't what the Knights were looking for coming in as the favorite. Evan Wadsager leads Assumption with four points while Nick Schebler has shot 1-for-6 so far.
The Mustangs are 5-for-11 led by Josh Prohaska's four points.
Half: DC-G 25, Assumption 24
The Knights turn in a much better quarter by scoring 17 that featured a 7-3 run that enabled Assumption to only trail by one at halftime.
Schebler shot only three times, but made two of them — plus a 3-pointer — to give him eight points.
Wadsager has seven points, and the lone basket he made was the one that capped off the run to bring the Knights back in.
Nick Drucker leads the Mustangs and he's nearly at his season average with points with nine, including five straight in a 90-second swing.
End 3rd: Assumption 36, DC-G 34
Matt Vonderhaar has nine points, including six of the final nine points in the quarter. His final basket, with six seconds to go in the quarter, gave the Knights the lead.
DC-G's largest lead was three in the final two minutes despite scoring 10 in the quarter.
Drucker remains the Mustangs' leading scorer with nine points.
Assumption found a way to pull away from the Mustangs and move on to the 3-A semifinals to face the winner of Mount Pleasant and Waverly-Shell Rock.
The Knights closed things out on a 15-6 run.
Schebler closed with 14 points while a Vonderhaar had 13, including five from the free throw line.
#3 Waverly-Shell Rock 54, Mount Pleasant 49 F/OT
End 1st: Mt. Pleasant 14, W-SR 11
The world may be looking for a new pope, but Mount Pleasant's Faith Pope is performing well for the Panthers, despite being on the bench with two fouls.
Pope has nine points, including a 3-pointer.
Meanwhile, the Go-Hawks are shooting 6-for-13 with Kinton Carlson leading with five. Jake Velky, who has nailed 50 3-pointers, is 0-for-2 from deep.
Half: Waverly-SR 26, Mt. Pleasant 22
The Go-Hawks held Pope to three points, but those three points were big as it tied the game. Mount Pleasant didn't have momentum for long. W-SR went on a mini-run that allowed them to get their largest lead of the game at four at the 3:32 mark.
Cameron Frank and Carlson ended the half with two straight makes in the paint giving the Go-Hawks another four point lead at the half.
Carlson leads Waverly-Shell Rock with 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting while his team is 12-for-25.
Mount Pleasant has nine made field goals while hitting three 3-pointers.
End 3rd: W-SR 36, Mt. Pleasant 35
It was a tale of two halves in the quarter — one for each team, but the latter was more powerful.
Mount Pleasant ends the period on a 13-4 run after the Go-Hawks started out the quarter on their own 6-0 rally.
The Panthers didn't score for nearly the first four minutes, but Ryan Hanna's layup at the 4:42 mark sparked what would be a good ending to the Panthers.
Hanna also ended the rally with 38 seconds remaining giving the Panthers a very quick lead before Dan Stensland hit a quick jumper to give W-SR the lead at the end of the third quarter.
One call changed the whole ball game, and it came late in the fourth quarter. It also led to Faith Pope coming out of the game fouling out as that was his first of two fouls that disqualified him in a span of 10 seconds.
Pope sat out of the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, paralyzing the Panther offense and giving the Go-Hawks the chance to advance to Thursday's semifinals.
Carlson led the Go-Hawks with 22 points while Pope exited with 21.