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A closer look at Monday's Class 3A boys' basketball substate finals

Marion's Chase Zielke (left) goes up to block a shot by CCA's Darius Moore at Marion on Jan. 12, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Marion's Chase Zielke (left) goes up to block a shot by CCA's Darius Moore at Marion on Jan. 12, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Previewing Monday’s area high school boys’ basketball Class 3A substate finals. Winners advance to the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, March 5-9.

Marion (13-10) vs. Davenport Assumption (13-10)

When: 6:30 p.m

Where: U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

Scouting Report: The Indians upset sixth-ranked West Delaware in a substate semifinal Thursday night at Manchester, 51-41. They shot 66 percent from the field in that game, including going 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Senior guard Chase Zielke leads Marion in scoring with a 15.8-point average. Junior forward Trevor Paulsen is next at 10.4 and uniquely leads his team in rebounds and assists. Marion is seeking its first state tournament appearance since 2011. 

Assumption has the same record as Marion, though it has played a virtually all-4A schedule in the Mississippi Athletic Conference. The Knights have four players who average double figures in scoring, led by senior guard Trent Fitzpatrick. Sophomore forward Sean Peeters (a 12-point scorer) is expected to return for this game after missing the last month with a foot injury.

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (17-6) vs. South Tama (15-8)

When: 8 p.m

Where: U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

Scouting Report: The Saints are seeking a state championship three-peat, something only five schools have done: Sioux City Heelan (2009-11), Cedar Rapids Regis (1982-84), Iowa City West (2012-14), Palmer (1986-88) and Paullina (1968-70). Xavier has won 15 consecutive postseason games, and Coach Ryan Luehrsmann is 22-3 in the postseason in his career. Senior guard Matt Mims needs six points to break the school’s career scoring record, held by Kevin Andrews. Senior wing Jackson Joens needs one 3-pointer to break the school’s career record in that category.

South Tama won the Wamac Conference West Division, though it ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak. A senior-heavy team is led in scoring by Gabe Shields (14.5) and Sterling Tyon (12.8). The Trojans last made it to the state tournament in 1995.

Solon (16-7) vs. No. 2 Mount Pleasant (20-3)

When: 7 p.m

Where: Muscatine

Scouting Report: Solon seeks its second state tournament trip in three years. The Spartans are on a five-game win streak and have won seven of eight. Sophomore forward A.J. Coons and senior guard Ben Krutzfeld are the scoring leaders for this club, averaging 17.6 and 14.9 points, respectively. Krutzfeld is an 89.6-percent free-throw shooter, Coons 76.7.

Mount Pleasant seeks its second straight trip to Des Moines. Senior guard Brady Sartorius is one of the top players in Class 3A, averaging 23.1 points and 4.6 assists per game. He has committed to Kirkwood Community College. MP’s losses were by two points to 4A Cedar Rapids Washington, eight points to 4A Dubuque Hempstead and six points to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the season opener.

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