Posted On: 02/25/19 9:56 PM
Adel -- This was a wildly entertaining Substate match-up, and ultimately it was the big underdogs who came away with the narrow win over previously unbeaten Ankeny Christian Academy.
Falcons senior Jared Gast was the hero in this one. He put in a short jumper with under a minute to go to put his team up 55-54. Then, after Eagles big-man Caleb Grizzle canned two clutch free-throws to put ACA back up one with 27 seconds left, Gast was fouled and sent back to the line, his team down one, with 21 ticks left.
Just a 58 percent free-throw shooter this season, Gast calmly hit both free-throws.
ACA could not get off a clean look at the end of the game, and the Falcons -- despite coming in with an 11-13 record -- came away with the Substate upset. It's St. Albert's third appearance at state in the last four seasons. It's the program's 14th-ever state tourney appearance.
Jayce Goergen led all scorers in the game with 17 points. Caleb Grizzle finished his illustrious ACA career with 15 points (13 in the second half) and a slew of blocks.