Monday's boys' state basketball roundup
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DES MOINES — Joe Smoldt wasn’t the usual Joe Smoldt on Monday afternoon at the boys’ state basketball tournament. But he was still pretty good.
Good enough, anyway, to help Gladbrook-Reinbeck past Lynnville-Sully, 53-50, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo.
The state’s leading scorer had 29 points, one under his season average, making 11 of 25 shots from the field. The 6-foot-1 senior guard and Upper Iowa signee came in shooting 53.3 percent from the field, including making half of his 196 3-point attempts.
This would qualify as an off game, yet his team plays on. G-R (25-2) meets North Linn (26-0) in a 1A semifinal Thursday morning at 10:30.
Lynnville-Sully (24-2) led only once, by a point with 4:51 remaining. The Hawks, the tourney’s fifth seed, got 15 points from junior guard Brevin Hansen and 13 from junior forward Jesse Van Wyk.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck won despite being doubled in rebounds, 44-22. Caden Kickbush added 12 points for the Rebels, the fourth seed.
REMSEN ST. MARY’S 59, NEW LONDON 52 — The third-seeded Hawks led the entire way in their 1A quarterfinal victory.
Junior forward Nicholas Ruden put up 26 points and added seven rebounds for St. Mary’s (25-0). Guard Jacob Wesselman added 19 points.
New London (21-4) was led by sophomore Mason Porter’s 19 points. Ben Dentlinger added 15.
Long a baseball power, this is the first state basketball tournament appearance for Remsen St. Mary’s, which plays either Des Moines Grand View Christian in Thursday’s semifinals. Likewise, New London made its first state basketball tourney trip.
GRAND VIEW CHRISTIAN 59, WEST HANCOCK 36 — Second-seeded Grand View Christian of Des Moines had few issues in its 1A quarterfinal. In a day that saw severe storms and tornadoes, the aptly named Thunder rolled to a 10-1 lead after the first quarter and moved forward from there.
Grant DeMeulenaere had 21 points for Grand View Christian (25-1), with Arturo Montes adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mach Nyaw had 12 points.
West Hancock (19-7) shot just 27.9 percent from the field. Dylan Eckels led the Eagles with 11 points and nine boards.
Grand View Christian plays Remsen St. Mary’s in Thursday’s 12:15 p.m. semifinals.
WESTERN CHRISTIAN 53, SOUTH HAMILTON 47 — The top-seeded and top-ranked defending champion Wolfpack rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second quarter to win their Class 2A quarterfinal.
A Logan Peters jumper gave South Hamilton (22-3) a 29-13 lead with 3:59 left in the first half, but the Hawks didn’t score the rest of the second quarter, as Western cut the advantage to 29-23 at the break.
A 3-pointer by Jesse Jansma with 1:38 left in the third put Western Christian (22-2) on top for the first time, 40-38, and the Wolfpack never trailed the rest of the way. Jansma finished with a game-high 25 points.
Marco Balderas led South Hamilton with 13 points. Center Collin Hill, averaging 22.4 per game, was limited to nine points but had 12 rebounds.
The Hawks shot just 24 percent in the second half.
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