DES MOINES, Iowa - Listed below are the game recpas of the Class 2A 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 2A Quarterfinals - Monday, March 4th
#10 MFL, Mar-Mac (Monona) 67, North Cedar (Stanwood) 64
Solid start by both teams as MFL, Mar-Mac led North Cedar, 9-8 halfway through the first quarter. A Jacob Hay 3-point basket late in the first quarter gave North Cedar a 17-14 lead and a Hay basket at the buzzer would extend the lead to 19-14 after the opening quarter of play. Hay would score 7 points in the quarter to lead all scorers.
The game would stay close through the halfway point of the second quarter as the teams were tied at 25-25 with 3:43 remaining. A CJ Mason bucket gave the Bulldogs the lead back, 27-25 with 3:32 left in the half. The Bulldogs would add to their second quarter success and extend the lead to 33-26 with 1:28 left in the half, working on a 19-7 surge in the quarter. At the break MFL, Mar-Mac led 33-29. Hay led the way with 12 first half points for the Knights while Cody Mason scored 13 for the Bulldogs
The intensity picked up in the third quarter and with 4:10 left the Bulldogs held a 41-38 advantage. The teams would end up even, tied at 47-47 heading to the final quarter. North Cedar would score five quick points to grab a 52-47 lead but the Bulldogs answered to cut the lead at 52-51 with 5:18 left in the ball game. Cody Mason hit two big baskets including a 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the game to help MFL retake the lead, 56-55.
Tied at 59-59 with 1:37 left, the Bulldogs would take a timeout as the teams continue to go back and forth. Jordan Vorwald would hit a huge driving layup out of the timeout to give MFL a slim, 61-59 lead with 1:12 left. Vorwald would then hit two bug free throws to make it 63-59. Vorwald added two more with :33.4 left in the game to all but ice it for MFL, Mar-Mac. The charity stripe was where the Bulldogs won the game, hitting on 24 of 30 for 80%.
North Cedar ends their season at 21-4 and led Marshall Shedeck with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Jacob hay added 17. MFL, Mar-Mac advances to the 2A semifinals at 2 on Thursday afternoon, March 7th. The Bulldogs were led by Cody Mason with a game-high 26 points and team-high 9 rebounds.. Carter Snitker added14 and Jordan Vorwald 12 including the four huge free throws down the stretch.
#1 West Fork 45, Dike-New Hartford 36
Both teams played the first quarter using a patient half-court offense and stout defenses, usually using 30-seconds in each possession. Carson Parker was the difference for the Wolverines, scoring 5 first quarter points incluidng a coventional 3-point play with 2:34 left in the quarter for a 7-4 lead. The team found themselves tied, 8-8 after the opening quarter.
Parker was responsible for the Wolverine offense in the first half, scoring 14 of the teams 21 as they would lead at the break, 21-20. Spencer Halloran led the Warhawks with seven.
The Warhawks would hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second by Kyle Parcher to grab a 29-25, then extend it to 31-25 with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Parker got loose for a couple of big baskets late to help the Wolverines stay close until Parcher hit a 35-footer at the quarter buzzer to give West Fork a 37-30 lead. The finals quarter was sluggish on both sides. With 3:36 left, West Fork remained on top, 39-34 as both teams struggled offensively.
Two minutes later the score remained the same and with 1:31 left in regulation it would come down to fouls and free throw shoot. After missing two front ends of one and one, Parker made West Fork pay with a bucket to make it 39-36 with 1:09 left in the game. Two free throws and Sam Amsbaugh basket countered as West Fork would take their biggest lead with 34-seconds remaining, 43-36. West Fork would prevail, 45-36 and advance to the semifinals on Thursday against MFL, Mar-Mac. Kyle Parcher led the Warhawks balanced attack with 11. Sam Amsbaugh added 10. Dike-New Hartford closes out the season at 17-10 and was led by Carson Parker with a game-high 23.
Class 2A Quaterfinals - Tuesday, March 5th
Kuemper Catholic (Carroll) 61, #4 Nodaway Valley (Greenfield) 54
Both Nodaway Valley and Kuemper Catholic found the early going tough on the offensive end. Halfway through the opening period, the Wolverines held a 5-2 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Dean Frank. Nodaway Valley hit two more 3-point buckets to jump out to an 11-4 lead with 2:35 left in the quarter. The quarter ended with a flurry as Nodaway Valley would hold an 18-12 lead.
Brad Baudler's second three point basket gave the Wolverines a 23-16 lead but Sam Brincks and Chris Halbur helped the Knight fight back to within two at 23-21 with 3:54 left in the half. The Knights would erase the seven point lead with an 8-0 run to lead, 25-23. At the break the teams were tied at 27-27. Brincks led the Knights with 14 points and 5 rebounds while Baudler led the Wolverines with 8 first half points. Kuemper won the battle on the boards 20-10 but Nodaway Valley forced nine turnovers to keep things even in the first half.
The Knights would continue to rule the boards in building a 35-29 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter. When the quarter came to an end it was Knights, 45-38 as Brincks point total was up to 22.
The Knight would edge out to a 50-38 lead before the Wolverines would go on a 11-2 run to cut the lead to 52-49 with 5-minutes left in the game. In the end Kuemper would hit 47% from the field and 82% from the charity stripe and hold off Nodaway Valley, 61-54, avenging a regular season loss and advance to the 2A semifinals on Thursday afternoon at 3:45. Alex Welsch led the Wolverines with 16 ppints and 12 rebounds as they end the season at 23-2. Kuemper was led by Sam Brincks with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Halbur added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
#9 Sheldon 63, Pella Christian 57
The defensive intensity was evident immediately as Pella Christian and Sheldon played scoreless for nearly three minutes in their 2A semifinal. Sheldon led 86 with 2:12 left in the opening quarter as all six of the Eagles points came from Riley Stursma. The Orabs led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Sheldon was able to use a balanced attack in the first half led by Chris Balster with 14 points while the Eagles counted on Stursma and freshman Sebastian Baugh who combined for 20 of the Eagles first 21 points. The Orabs would lead at the break, 27-26.
The third quarter was one where the teams would change leads numerous throughout with nobody ever gaining more than a three point advantage 2:32 left when the Orabs would grab a 39-34 lead thanks to a 6-0 run. Sheldon would hold that margin into the final quarter, 43-38.
Sheldon would open up their biggest lead with 4:24 left in the game, 52-45 with two quick baskets. The Eagles would battle back and with :32.9 second left in the game, Dallas Ennema would hit to key free throws to give Sheldon a 58-54 lead. Sheldon did advane with a 63-57 win and play in the 2A semifinals on Thursday afternoon against Kuemper Catholic.
Riley Stursma led the Eagles with 22 points as Pella Christian ends the season at 20-5. Sheldon was led by Chris Balster with 21 points. Dallas Ennema added 13.