Iowa City West rolls past Muscatine, into its 7th straight state tournament

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CEDAR RAPIDS — It appears to be theirs to lose. Not exactly a limb goer-outer there.

Iowa City West looked every bit the part of Class 4A’s top-ranked team and state tournament favorite Tuesday night in an 83-44 blowout of Muscatine in a substate final at the U.S. Cellular Center.

The Trojans shot it great, made Muskies star Joe Wieskamp work for his points and eased to their seventh consecutive trip to The Well in Des Moines. With coaches figuring out tourney seeds now, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out what exactly West is and who its quarterfinal opponent will be next week.

Whoever it is won’t be happy with its draw.

“Don’t know,” West Coach Steve Bergman said. “It’s all a mystery. It’s a mystery to be revealed online, I guess.”

The game began 10 minutes late (6:40 p.m.) because Muscatine’s bus encountered a severe thunderstorm en route to Cedar Rapids and lost a windshield wiper in high winds, hail and torrential rain. The Muskies did not arrive at the Cell Center until about 5:45.

It only delayed the inevitable. West’s talent and depth overwhelmed a Muscatine team that didn’t give Iowa Hawkeye Wieskamp much help.

The 6-foot-6 junior certainly showed flashes of why he is so highly touted, scoring 28 points. That was still two points under his state-leading scoring average of 30.5.

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Connor McCaffery got man-to-man defensive responsibilities most of the evening on him. McCaffery scored 21 points, so that head-to-head matchup was pretty much a push.

“He kind of wears you down,” McCaffery said. “He’s a special player.”

Fellow senior Devontae Lane also had 21 points for West, which shot a nice and tidy 56 percent from the field, including going 12 of 20 from distance. Seven different Trojans accounted for those 12 Trojans makes, so that’s yet another positive heading into next week.

“I’m a senior, I’ve got to be the leader (next week),” McCaffery said. “Do something wrong, I’m going to take responsibility for it. Just like in the past, I had leaders that helped me my freshman, sophomore, junior years ... I’ve always had people above me to help me through that experience. Now that’s me.”

Bergman was asked what it meant that he is leading his school to state a seventh straight year.

“We’ve had a lot of really good players,” he said, with a smile. “Take care of business. That’s what Connor and I talked about before our (substate semifinal) game last Friday. Take care of business, and we’ll be fine.”

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

MUSCATINE (44): Jake Mussehl 1-3 0-0 2, Joe Wieskamp 12-22 2-2 28, Garrett Mueller 2-8 0-0 4, Jackson Foulk 0-1 0-0 0, Derrick Woepking 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Bautista 0-2 0-0 0, Bryce Howard 0-3 2-2 2, Lex Hahn 0-2 2-2 2, Drew Greenhaw 2-3 0-0 4, Josh Hutton 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Gray 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 18-48 6-7 44.

IOWA CITY WEST (83): Nate Disterhoft 3-5 0-0 7, Patrick McCaffery 4-10 0-0 9, Connor McCaffery 5-10 7-9 21, Izaya Ono-Fullard 3-6 2-2 10, Devontae Lane 8-11 1-1 21, Hakeem Odunsi 3-5 0-0 6, Evan Flitz 0-0 0-0 0, Seybian Sims 2-4 3-4 8, Jacob Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Van Roekel 0-0 0-0 0, Mulhim Nasr 0-0 0-0 0, Hirsche Henstrom 1-1 0-0 3, Jayson Barnes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-52 13-16 83.

Halftime — West 36, Muscatine 17. 3-point goals — Muscatine 2-16 (Wieskamp 2-9, Mueller 0-4, Woepking 0-1, Bautista 0-1, Hutton 0-1), West 12-20 (Disterhoft 1-1, P. McCaffery 1-2, C. McCaffery 2-5, Ono-Fullard 2-5, Lane 4-5, Sims 1-1, Henstrom 1-1). Rebounds — Muscatine 23 (Wieskamp 6), West 28 (Disterhoft 6). Total fouls — Muscatine 12, West 9. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Muscatine 15, West 6.

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