The Iowa boys’ state basketball tournament tipped off Monday with four quarterfinals in Class 1A and three in Class 2A.
CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
No. 9 Sheldon 63, Carroll Kuemper 50
Sheldon jumped out to a 19-5 lead through one quarter and shot 56.1 percent to get past Kuemper, which upset defending champion Western Christian in the substate finals.
Jaden Kleinhesselink led the Orabs (22-3) with 16 points, knocking down 4 of 5 3-point shots. Kyle Boerhave had 12 points and 12 rebounds inside, while Ryan Van Marel had 15 and nine.
Parker Badding scored a game-high 21 points for the Knights (15-9). Sam Auen was 5 of 13 from distance and finished with 18 points.
No. 7 Aplington-Parkersburg 54, No. 6 South Hamilton 51
Aplington-Parkersburg was 7 of 17 at the free-throw line, but still held on late in a defensive battle as Marco Balderas' game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer caromed off the back of the rim.
Balderas converted a three-point play on a floater to bring South Hamilton within 52-51 with 12.1 seconds to go. A-P's Coby Huff missed two free throws, but Alec Oberhauser got the rebound and laid it in for a three-point advantage. After a timeout, Balderas was able to get off a decent look from the top of the key, but couldn't get it to fall.
South Hamilton (24-1) didn't score from 7:07 in the fourth to 1:05, allowing A-P (24-1) to go from down four (43-39) at the start of the period to up four (48-44). Oberhauser led the Falcons with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Price scored 13, Carter Cuvelier 12. Balderas scored a game-high 24 points for the Hawks on 11-for-23 shooting and had six rebounds. SH shot just 34 percent (18-53), including 4 of 17 from deep.
No. 1 Treynor 59, Wapello 53
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Eighth-seeded Wapello arrived at Wells Fargo Arena unafraid and led No. 1 Treynor for most of the first half, but the Cardinals stayed composed and won their 25th straight game to advance.
The Indians led by as much as seven late in the first quarter and were up 28-27 at halftime, but Treynor (26-0) started the second half on a 12-3 run. Wapello (23-2) got within 52-50, then Luke Clausen answered with a 3 with 1:38 left. A Gage Witte trey made it 55-53 49 seconds later, but Treynor converted at the free-throw line.
Dillon Faubel poured in 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including 3-for-4 from deep for the Cardinals. Clausen had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jon Schwarte also scored 11. Wapello was led by Keaton Mitchell's 15 points and 11 boards. Witte scored 12, as did Trenton Massner, more than 10 below his Class 2A-best average (22.9).
CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS
No. 3 Remsen St. Mary's 73, No. 4 Lynnville-Sully 57
Derrick Schorg scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Brody Ricke added 18 and six as St. Mary's stayed undefeated.
Schorg was 6 of 9 from the field and 8 of 9 at the free-throw line, while Ricke made 7 of 11 shots. St. Mary's (26-0) trailed 17-16 after one quarter, but went on a 16-4 run in the second and led 39-28 at halftime. L-S (22-4) got within 52-48 in the fourth but no closer.
Carter Kuchel added 11 points and Spencer Schorg 10 for St. Mary's, which did most of its work inside (3 of 13 from deep). Tanner Foster led Lynnville-Sully with 19 points and seven rebounds.
No. 1 Grand View Christian 78, Council Bluffs St. Albert 68
St. Albert sliced Grand View Christian's 16-point lead to 66-63 on Jared Gast's three-point play with 2:55 left, but the defending state champions eventually settled down against the press to move on.
The Thunder (23-1) led 31-22 at halftime and were up 50-34 late in the third, but the Falcons (15-10), who didn't play a 1A team before the postseason, made it a game. GVC survived despite shooting percent 65.1 percent from the free-throw line (28-43).
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Arturo Montes scored a game-high 23 points and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Grant DeMeulenaere added 19 for GVC. Mach Nyaw had 11, Bryce Crabb 10. Division I prospect Issa Samake had 10 points, three rebounds, three blocks and five turnovers before fouling out. Nine St. Albert players scored, paced by Jake Carley's 18.
No. 7 Don Bosco 60, No. 6 George-Little Rock 57
Don Bosco held on after the Mustangs rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie it at 48 with 3:56 to play. Zach Nie and Jack Kelley scored on the Dons' next two possessions to regain the lead.
G-LR got within two with 10.8 seconds left on Josh Haken's three-point play. After a Zach Huff free throw, Haken's deep 3 at the buzzer didn't draw iron.
Kelley led the Dons (23-3) with 17 points. Huff and Sean McFadden both added 10. Caleb Terhark led G-LR (19-7) with 13 points, while Haken had 12. The Mustangs shot 37.5 percent, including 6 of 21 from distance, but grabbed 13 offensive rebounds.
No. 2 North Linn 80, Edgewood-Colesburg 34
Like it did in all 26 previous games this season, North Linn dominated with its up-temp, pressure style and forced a continuous clock in the first state tournament game.
North Linn (27-0) racked up 21 steals and scored 36 points off 27 Ed-Co turnovers in its third win over its fellow Tri-Rivers Conference member this season. The Lynx led 24-11 after one quarter and 52-21 at halftime. They beat Ed-Co 86-42 and 97-26 earlier this season.
Ryan Miller led all scorers with 23 points. Point guard Jake Hilmer tallied 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and eight steals. He was 9 of 14 from the field. Ethan Streicher led the Vikings (21-5) with nine points.
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