It's Cascade all the way in Class 2A state hoops tournament quarterfinal romp past Osage

DES MOINES — You know all about Coach Al Marshall’s aggressive 2-3 zone defense. It has brought many an opponent over the past 47 seasons to its knees.

But Cascade’s offense Monday night at the state basketball tournament was just as much the story.

The Cougars shot 63.6 percent from the field in the first half and built a huge lead en route to a 60-27 victory over Osage in a Class 2A quarterfinal. It’ll be forever recorded that score even though an error in the official scorebook gave Cascade two points it didn’t score and took away two Osage did.

Regardless, this was a blowout.

“Couldn’t script a beginning much better than what we had,” said Marshall. “We shot the ball well right out of the gate, our defense was great in the beginning of the game. They got a few drives on us in the second half, but I thought our defense was superb in the first half. I thought we also did a great job one and done. They’d get one shot and done, thanks mainly to Devin (Green). He did an awfully good job of cleaning things up on the boards. All in all, it was a very good performance.”

Green, a 6-foot-7 senior center headed to Division II Sioux Falls, used a significant size advantage to post a 21-point, nine-rebound game. He also blocked five shots.

But it was Cascade’s other guys that helped it build a dominant 30-9 lead in the second quarter. Three-pointers from Johnny Supple, Jarrett Knepper, Trace Hoffman and Gannon O’Brien (off the bench) were important in helping the Cougars pull away from a 5-5 tie.

Knepper finished with 11 points in the game.

“I just wanted to step in, get open looks,” he said. “Teams are going to key on Devin, so they are going to give you good looks. We haven’t played a game in a week, so to start out like we did, to get a big lead like that was good.”

“I thought we were really patient and got good looks in the first half,” said Green, a 20-point-per-game scorer for a team that prefers a slow tempo offensively. “Osage is a really good team, and we came out and played our ‘A’ game on both the offensive and defensive side. So to be able to get out of the first round, in general, is a really, really good feeling for us.”

Marshall, 69, will retire when this season comes to a conclusion in two more games. This was career victory number 736.

Cascade (21-3) plays Pella Christian (17-9) in a 2 p.m. Thursday semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena. PC upset top-seeded Dike-New Hartford (25-1) in Monday night’s other 2A quarterfinal, ensuring the state will not have an undefeated team this season.

Osage ended its season 20-5.

“Coach is pretty disappointed he doesn’t get to retire, yet,” quipped Supple.

“We lost to a very good Cascade team,” said Osage Coach Mike Brahn. “We knew going in that we couldn’t make very many mistakes ... We couldn’t get off to a slow start, and that’s exactly what we did.”



OSAGE (27): Collin Havel 2-9 1-6 6, Caleb Bushbaum 2-6 0-0 6, Lucas Schwamman 1-3 0-0 2, Garrett Maakestad 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Olson 2-8 1-1 5, Nathan Bushbaum 2-6 0-0 0, Ben Huftalin 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Shultz 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker Siedd 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Grimm 1-6 1-2 3, Patrick VandenAvond 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Chambers 0-1 0-0 0, Kraig Heckstein 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Filippo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-42 3-9 27.

CASCADE (60): Jarrett Knepper 4-8 1-2 11, Trace Hoffman 3-8 0-0 7, Kurt Trumm 1-3 1-2 3, Johnny Supple 3-5 0-0 8, Devin Green 8-12 5-6 21, Gannon O’Brien 2-2 0-0 6, Dilan Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Derek Koppes 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Recker 0-2 0-0 0, Brock Simon 0-0 2-2 2, Cole Gel 0-1 0-0 0, Haris Hoffman 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Holmes 0-0 0-0 0, Spencer Green 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-43 9-12 60.

Halftime — Cascade 35, Osage 12. 3-point goals — Osage 4-13 (Havel 1-1, C. Bushbaum 2-5, Olson 0-2, N. Bushbaum 1-3, VandenAvond 0-2), Cascade 7-19 (Knepper 2-5, T. Hoffman 0-1, Supple 2-4, Koppes 0-1, Recker 0-1, O’Brien 2-2, Gel 0-1). Rebounds — Osage 19 (Havel 6), Cascade 37 (Trumm 11). Total fouls — Osage 14, Cascade 12. Fouled out — Trumm. Turnovers — Osage 8, Cascade 12.

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