CEDAR RAPIDS — All the talent on the court Tuesday night. All the size.
And perhaps the two most important plays of the game were made by Logan Burg, the smallest guy out there. On the offensive glass, believe it or not.
“He might be one of the smallest, but he’s got a huge heart,” said Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Jeremy Rickertsen, after Burg and a few other guys helped the Hawks rally for a 59-55 win over Linn-Mar. “He’s a competitor. That’s the key there.”
Much like its game this past Friday night against Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Prairie trailed much of the way, only to clutch up in clutch time. A 3-pointer by Trey Hutcheson to begin the fourth quarter moved Linn-Mar ahead by seven, 46-39.
But the Hawks pecked away at their deficit and finally went ahead for good, 51-49, with just under four minutes to go when Burg put back a miss by a teammate, was fouled and sank the free throw. Still with a precarious four-point edge, Burg drove the lane again with 2:30 left, missed his initial shot but found a way to get a tip home in traffic.
He’s 6-foot tall, by the way. Linn-Mar went 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6 up front.
“Coach was talking about how we had to step up on the glass and make sure we were boxing out,” said Burg, who finished with eight points. “We made that a focus in the second half. We obviously had to box out Trey Hutch and Hayden Passmore, who is always going to the glass.”
“I’ll go to battle with Logan any day,” Rickertsen said.
Linn-Mar (1-2) shot just 28 percent in the second half, though Coach Chris Robertson said he thought his team had good looks. Hutcheson had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, though Prairie (2-1) seemed to lock down on him down the stretch.
“They just made more plays than we did,” Robertson said. “It was a good game. It’s like I told our guys, it’s a one-possession game on the road. We shot 36 percent, they shot 46 percent. We were there. A couple of bounces didn’t go our way.”
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The Murray twins led Prairie in scoring, with Kris picking up 15 points and Keegan 14. Harrison Cook played a signifcant role as well (12 points), as did freshman center Gabe Burkle (8 points).
In the final minute, backup point guard Jonathan Mullins penetrated the lane, drew defenders and dished off to Burkle for a layup and a 57-53 lead that pretty much cemented things.
“We talked at one of the timeouts late third quarter, early fourth quarter, that we had to get stops, first and foremost, and then we’ll get some baskets,” Rickertsen said. “I thought they bought in, they did that, we got some stops where we limited them to one shot, blocked out, got the rebound and converted on the other end, which was the difference.”
AT CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE
LINN-MAR (55): Hayden Passmore 2-4 3-4 7, Trey Hutcheson 9-22 1-1 22, Jaren Nelson 3-10 2-2 10, Greg Hall 2-9 0-0 4, John Steffen 5-10 0-0 12, James Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Will Zahradnik 0-2 0-0 0, Brady Klahn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 6-7 55.
C.R. PRAIRIE (59): Harrison COok 5-7 2-2 12, Gabe Bzurkle 3-6 2-3 8, Keegan Murray 5-14 2-2 14, Kris Murray 5-8 3-4 15, Logan Burg 3-8 2-3 8, Garrett Pientok 0-2 0-0 0, Max Lampe 1-1 0-0 2, Jonathan Mullins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-47 11-14 59.
Halftime — Linn-Mar 28, Prairie 27. 3-point goals — Linn-Mar 7-19 (Hutcheson 3-7, Steffen 2-5, Jar. Nelson 2-4), Prairie 4-11 (Ke. Murray 2-5, Kr. Murray 2-4, Burkle 0-1, Pientok 0-1). Rebounds — Linn-Mar 32 (Hutcheson 10), Prairie 29 (Ke. Murray, Kr. Murray, Cook, Burg 5). Total fouls — Linn-Mar 14, Prairie 12. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Linn-Mar 8, Prairie 7.
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