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Previewing Championship Friday at the Iowa boys' state basketball tournament

North Linn’s Jake Hilmer (14) makes a basket during the first quarter of their semifinal game of the Iowa Boys’ State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
North Linn’s Jake Hilmer (14) makes a basket during the first quarter of their semifinal game of the Iowa Boys’ State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Capsules for Friday’s games involving area teams at the boys’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

Class 1A championship

No. 1 Grand View Christian (24-1) vs. No. 2 North Linn (28-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

In the tournament: Grand View Christian skated past Council Bluffs St. Albert in the quarterfinals, 78-68, and rallied from eight down in the fourth quarter to beat Remsen St. Mary’s in the semifinals, 59-53 ... North Linn crushed Edgewood-Colesburg, 80-34, in the quarters and toppled Don Bosco in the semis, 74-51.

 

 

Top players: Everyone knows North Linn’s story. Came into the tournament averaging 93 points per game and didn’t have a game without a continuous clock until the semifinals. Junior point guard Jake Hilmer is one of the state’s top players and engineers this high-octane team, one that runs and runs and run off full-court pressure defense. Senior guard Ryan Miller leads the team in scoring, slightly ahead of Hilmer ... GVC is the defending 1A champ and provides North Linn with something it hasn’t seen all season in 6-foot-7 junior Issa Samake. The Division I recruit from Mali transferred in from a school in Tennessee and became eligible midway through the season, averaging 11.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game. Senior guard Grant DeMeulenaere is GVC’s version of Hilmer, averaging a team-best 22.3 points. GVC’s had a 45-game win streak snapped in early February by Carroll Kuemper, which qualified for the state tournament in 2A.

Class 2A championship

No. 1 Treynor (26-0) vs. No. 2 Cascade (24-1)

Time: 3:45 p.m.

In the tournament: Treynor edged past Wapello in the quarterfinals, 59-53, and Aplington-Pakersburg in the semifinals, 75-66. Cascade beat Van Meter in the quarters, 60-47, and Sheldon in the semis, 65-43.

 

 

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Top players: Cascade was awarded the sixth seed for this 2A tournament but has earned its way to the finals with a perfect representation of what it has done all season. The Cougars share the ball and have five players who score virtually equally, though junior forward Haris Hoffman has led the way in both games here with 17 and 23 points, respectively. Gannon O’Brien, Johnny Supple, Brock Simon and Derek Koppes are the other starters. Cascade’s aggressive 2-3 zone defense also plays a pivotal role in its success ... Treynor’s two-leading scorers are senior guards Luke Clausen (17.2 ppg) and Dillon Faubel (15.0). Guard Jack Stogdill, one of two sophomore’s in the starting lineup, had 20 points in the Cardinals’ semifinal win over A-P ... Cascade has never won a state championship. Treynor won the 2A title in 2015.

Class 4A championship

No. 1 Iowa City West (21-4) vs. Cedar Falls (20-5)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

In the tournament: West got past Muscatine in the quarterfinals, 62-50, and rallied in the second half to beat Waukee in the semifinals, 58-50. Cedar Falls blasted Sioux City East in the first round, 75-47, then beat West Des Moines Valley in the semifinals, 67-58.

 

 

Top players: Patrick McCaffery is West’s primary star. The University of Iowa commit averages 20 points a game. Seybian Sims is a good complement to him on the interior for the Trojans. Forward Hakeem Odunsi has had a terrific tournament thus far, with 11 points in the quarters and 18 in the semis. He came in averaging only four points a game ... Cedar Falls’ top guy is senior guard A.J. Green. The Northern Iowa signee averages 26 points a game. Junior forward Logan Wolf is next at 13.0. Cedar Falls beat West in the regular season, 55-54.

Other games

Class 3A consolation: No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (19-7) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (19-7), 10:30 a.m.

Class 4A consolation: No. 9 Waukee (20-5) vs. West Des Moines Valley (17-8), 12:15 p.m.

Class 3A championship: No. 3 Glenwood (24-2) vs. No. 5 Oskaloosa (23-3), 6:30 p.m.

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