Prep Basketball

Logan Wolf's clutch 3 helps lift No. 7 Cedar Falls past No. 5 Iowa City West

Tigers win rematch of last year's Class 4A state title game, 59-56

Cedar Falls' Logan Wolf puts up a shot against Iowa City West in last year's Class 4A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Falls' Logan Wolf puts up a shot against Iowa City West in last year's Class 4A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR FALLS — Clutch players are gonna be clutch.

There was zero hesitation from Logan Wolf in the final minute of his team’s game Friday night against Iowa City West. His defender backed off him at the top of the arc, his team was down a point and needed something.

Despite not making much of anything prior to that, 3 of 16 shots, it was fire away ... a swish and eventually a Cedar Falls victory.

“He was sagging off again, and I just trusted my shot,” Wolf said, after his 3-pointer helped CF to a 59-56 win in a sublime matchup of ranked boys’ basketball teams in Class 4A.

West was fifth, Cedar Falls seventh.

“I shot it, followed through, and it went in,” Wolf said. “I expected it to go in.”

So did his teammates.

“I swear, that guy always makes shots at the end,” said CF’s Jack Campbell. “So I knew it was going in.”

“We didn’t guard him. We stepped off him,” said West Coach Steve Bergman. “You switch, you’ve got to guard him. He’s going to make them when it counts. He always has and will.”

This rematch of last year’s 4A state championship game was a doozy. It was tied at halftime, a three-point West lead after three quarters, with the Trojans (8-2, 6-2 MVC Valley Division) nursing a slight edge most of the fourth.

Campbell’s putback gave Cedar Falls a 54-53 lead with 1:38 left. The 6-foot-5 University of Iowa football recruit had 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Even Brauns made a pair of free throws with 1:24 to go to give West the lead back, which led to Wolf’s heroics. The 6-4 wing will play basketball and football at Northern Iowa.

Brauns was fouled after an offensive rebound with 20.8 seconds left, made his first free throw but was long off the bracket on his second. Cedar Falls (8-2, 6-2 MVC Mississippi) rebounded, with Wolf fouled.

He made two free throws for the final margin. Back to the clutching-up thing again.

Patrick McCaffery’s heavily contested 3-pointer banked off, and that was that. McCaffery, an Iowa basketball signee, had a game-high 26 points, but only three in the fourth quarter.

“They kind of switched up defenses and started face guarding me a lot,” he said. “We just kind of got out of what we were doing offensively. We never really have practiced that, so we didn’t really know exactly what to do. We kind of got out of our stuff and got into a little funk, didn’t get a lot of shots off. Plus, they did a really good job of executing their offense at the end of the game.”

AT CEDAR FALLS

IOWA CITY WEST (56): Patrick McCaffery 10-16 5-6 26, Even Brauns 1-4 4-6 6, Nicholas Pepin 3-8 0-1 9, Brayden Adcock 1-4 0-0 3, Marcus Morgan 3-5 0-0 9, Tate Crane 0-1 2-2 2, Jacob Klein 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Goodman 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 18-40 12-17 56.

CEDAR FALLS (59): Logan Wolf 4-17 3-5 13, Jack Campbell 12-16 1-3 25, Jackson Frericks 1-4 2-2 4, Mason Abbas 2-4 0-0 4, Josh Ollendieck 3-9 0-0 8, Chase Courbat 2-4 0-0 4, Ben Sernett 0-1 1-2 1, Jaxon Heth 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 7-12 59.

Halftime — West 25, Cedar Falls 25. 3-point goals — West 8-16 (McCaffery 1-3, Pepin 3-7, Adcock 1-3, Morgan 3-3), Cedar Falls 4-11 (Wolf 2-5, Frericks 0-1, Ollendieck 2-3, Sernett 0-1, Heth 0-1). Rebounds — West 25 (McCaffery, Brauns 7), Cedar Falls 32 (Campbell 13). Total fouls — West 14, Cedar Falls 15. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — West 8, Cedar Falls 5.

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