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The final day of the boys’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena ended with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Iowa City West claiming state titles.
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CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP
West avenged a loss in last year's state title game to win its seventh championship.
The Trojans led nearly start to finish, using a 10-0 run in the first quarter to go up 16-7 and take the lead for good.
Connor McCaffery led West with 19 points, while Devontae Lane had 13 and Patrick McCaffery 12. The Trojans shot 55.3 percent.
Quinton Curry led Valley with 15 points.
CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP
Matthew Mims scored 17 points, including a driving layup that put Xavier up 50-49 with 42 seconds left, and Xavier repeated as 3A state champion.
Nolan Butkowski and Max Techau each added 12 points and Jackson Joens chipped in 11 for the victorious Saints.
Jackson Wright led SB-L with 19 in a game that featured 21 lead changes.
CLASS 4A CONSOLATION
No. 6 Sioux City East 58, No. 5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 56
East's Jack Peterson hit two free throws with five seconds left and Drake Brewster's running 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out off the glass as East held on for third place in 4A.
Van Rees had 16 points and five rebounds to lead four East players in double figures. Peterson and Aidan Vanderloo had 13 apiece while Jailen Billings chipped in 10.
Malik Haynes led Kennedy with a game-high 21, hitting 4-of-11 3s. Jackson Foley added 12, Derrick Diggins 10.
The Cougars trailed 29-20 at halftime, but rallied to tie it on Foley's 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining.
CLASS 3A CONSOLATION
No. 1 Waverly-Shell Rock 48, No. 2 West Delaware 44
They came into the state tournament as the consensus top two teams, but met in the consolation final instead.
UNI commit Austin Phyfe put up a 20-point, 15-rebound double-double to lead Waverly-Shell Rock to third place. John Stensland added 12 points for the Go-Hawks.
Mosai Newsom hit the go-ahead jumper for W-SR with 1:35 left after John Nagel tied it at 42. WD was 0-for-4 with a turnover the rest of the way.
Nagel led West Delaware with 18 points, but it came on 5-of-17 shooting. Derek Krogmann had 11 points and 10 boards. The Hawks shot just 30.4 percent.