Posted On: 03/8/19 8:30 PM
Championship: #3 Oskaloosa 48, #1 Norwalk 44
Mission accomplished. After falling in a classic 3A championship game last year, Oskaloosa finished the job this time around, delivering the school’s first boys state basketball title with a 48-44 win over Little Hawkeye Conference rival Norwalk on Friday night in front of a packed house at Wells Fargo Arena.
An engaged Oskaloosa team was in control throughout the first half, taking a lead 10 seconds into the game, and holding it until Bowen Born made a tough runner at the buzzer to send Norwalk into the break with a 31-30 lead.
The second half was played at a much more deliberate pace, as each team dug in their heels and played outstanding defense. Norwalk grabbed a four point lead, 36-32, midway through the third quarter, but Oskaloosa closed the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 39-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
The teams exchanged buckets through the first five minutes of the final period before Oskaloosa closed the game on a 5-2 spurt. Free throws had been an issue all year for the Indians, but they got the ball to the right players late, and Austin Hafner and Iszac Schultz combined to go 3-4 from the stripe in the final 51 seconds to get secure the win.
With 51 seconds left, Hafner missed the second free throw, with Oskaloosa clinging to a 44-42 lead. Bowen Born came down and missed a jumper, Austin Hafner leaked out and missed a layup, Cole Henry missed a putback, grabbed his own miss and laid it back in for a 4-point lead. Ball game, Oskaloosa. State title, Indians.
After the game in the hallways of Wells Fargo Arena, Cole Henry told me “I told you we’d do it. I told you.” You did, Cole. And you did do it.
Oskaloosa (19-5) was led by Cole Henry, who had 19 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive). Xavier Foster added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Norwalk (22-5) was led by Bowen Born, who scored 26 points and dished out 4 assists. With Born and Tyler Johnson back next year, the Warriors will start next season ranked #1 in 3A by us at Prep Hoops Iowa, I feel comfortable calling that right now.
The all-tournament team, voted on by the media, was Xavier Foster and Cole Henry of Oskaloosa, Easton Darling of Winterset, Drew Enke of Clear Lake, and captain Bowen Born of Norwalk.
Oskaloosa: Cole Henry 19, Xavier Foster 12, Iszac Schultz 6, Rian Yates 5, Noah VanVeldhuizen 3, Tyler Miller 2, Austin Hafner 1
Norwalk: Bowen Born 26, Tyler Johnson 6, Tyler Endres 4, Carson Raper 3, Scott Anderson 3, Sam Rohrer 2
MVP: Cole Henry (Oskaloosa, 2019) — 19 points (9-17 FG, 1-3 FT), 14 rebounds (10 offensive), 3 assists, 1 block
Cole Henry was a man possessed in this game, dominating the glass, particularly on the offensive end, and controlling the paint. He pulled down 10 offensive rebounds, and helped give the Indians a 30-14 edge in points in the paint, and 15-6 in second chance points. The future UNI Panther was dominant, and helped deliver the school’s first state title.
Semifinal #2: #3 Oskaloosa 48, #7 Winterset 43
As the final buzzer sounded, Cole Henry looked over at former Oskaloosa standout Jarad Kruse, sitting right behind the media, and yelled “I told you we’d be back!” And he’s right, the Indians are back in the Class 3A championship game following an emotional 48-43 win over Winterset on Thursday afternoon.
It looked like it might be a runaway win for the Indians early on, as a focused group jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead before Winterset knew what had hit them. Winterset got their footing, however, and pulled within 17-13 after the first quarter. The Huskies opened the second quarter with an 8-3 spurt to briefly grab a 21-20 lead, then the two teams exchanged buckets the rest of the quarter before heading into the half tied at 28. The third quarter was much of the same, exchanging buckets, with neither team grabbing a lead larger than three during the frame, and we were tied once again, this time at 39, after three quarters.
Oskaloosa scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, holding the Huskies scoreless over the first 4:39 of the frame. In all, Oskaloosa held Winterset to 1-11 from the floor in the final eight minutes to help seal the win, overcoming a few questionable shot choices with their dominance on the defensive end.
Oskaloosa (18-5) was led by Cole Henry, who had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Xavier Foster had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Austin Hafner chipped in 11 (9 in the first quarter). The Indians will play Norwalk for the 3A title, looking to grab the school’s first ever basketball title. Those two teams split their regular season meetings, with Oskaloosa beating Norwalk 68-47 in the latter meeting, and Norwalk winning the first matchup 58-46.
Winterset (17-7) will play Clear Lake on Friday morning in the consolation game. The Huskies were led by Casey Kleemeier, who had 16 points, the only player in double figures. They bring everyone but Kleemeier back next season, so expect to see the Huskies making some noise again next season.
Oskaloosa: Cole Henry 16, Xavier Foster 14, Austin Hafner 11, Rian Yates 4, Noah VanVeldhuizen 3
Winterset: Casey Kleemeier 16, Casey Young 8, Easton Darling 6, Dawson Forgy 6, Brock Johnson 4, Hunter Farr 3
MVP: Cole Henry (Oskaloosa, 2019) — 16 points (8-11 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Despite being credited with 9 (!) turnovers, Henry’s playmaking and scoring ability from the high post were key for the Indians against Winterset’s 2-3 zone. An exceptional passer, good things happened whenever the Indians were able to get him the ball, whether it was distributing or putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim for finishes.
Semifinal #1: #1 Norwalk 61, #4 Clear Lake 54
It wasn’t always pretty, but top-seeded Norwalk survived a fantastic effort and game plan from undefeated Clear Lake, advancing to Friday night’s 3A championship game with a hard-fought 61-54 win on Thursday afternoon.
Despite shooting just 33% from the floor, the Warriors were able to close the game on an 18-4 run to escape a really good, really hungry Clear Lake squad.
With 7:38 to play, Drew Enke drilled a 3-pointer to put Clear Lake up 50-43. A Bowen Born free throw cut it to 50-44, then Scott Anderson went on a personal 5-0 run to trim it down to 50-49. Enke drove down the lane and banked one home, 52-49 with 3:29 to play, Anderson quickly answered with a layup of his own to cut it back to one, then after a missed jumper from Enke, Bowen Born came down and drilled a pull-up jumper from 15 feet to give the Warriors a 53-52 lead.
After a timeout, Carson Toebe sliced through the defense and scored with 1:56 to play, giving Clear Lake a 54-53 lead, but those were the last points the Lions would score. Born got into the paint and found Tyler Endres for a layup, and following some missed shots, six free throws by Born and Tyler Johnson gave us the final margin.
Norwalk (22-4) advances to their first championship game since 2009, and will be looking for the school’s first ever state title. They’ll face either Winterset or Oskaloosa. The Warriors were led by Bowen Born, who had a game-high 32 points, but he really had to work for those points, as Clear Lake did a tremendous job on him defensively, holding him to 10-31 from the floor. Tyler Endres added 8 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors, who forced 14 Clear Lake turnovers and only turned it over five times themselves.
Clear Lake (24-1) suffered their first loss of the season, and will face the loser of the Winterset-Oskaloosa tilt in the consolation on Friday morning. The Lions were led by Drew Enke, who had 20 points and was the primary defender on Born throughout the afternoon. Andrew Formanek had 13 points off the bench in the loss.
Clear Lake: Drew Enke 20, Andrew Formanek 13, Carson Toebe 7, Tate Storbeck 6, Jaylen DeVries 4, Jared Penning 2, Kody Kearns 2
Norwalk: Bowen Born 32, Tyler Johnson 8, Tyler Endres 8, Scott Anderson 7, Carson Raper 3, Blake Chittenden 2, Sam Eggers 1
MVP: Bowen Born (Norwalk, 2020) — 32 points (10-31 FG, 2-10 3P, 10-11 FT), 3 assists, 2 steals
Special mention also has to go to Scott Anderson here, as it was Anderson’s steal and layup that sparked the closing 18-4 run from Norwalk, but the Warriors wouldn’t be in the title game without Born. Clear Lake defended him extremely well, playing physical with him and contesting everything, whether it was a jumper or a layup, but he delivered when the Warriors needed it the most. And his team will play for a state title as a result.
Quarterfinal #4: #3 Oskaloosa 51, #6 Marion 49
It was a tale of two halves for third-seeded Oskaloosa on Tuesday evening, as they fell behind by 10 in the first half before storming back and narrowly escaping against sixth-seeded Marion, 51-49, advancing to Thursday’s semifinals where they’ll face Winterset.
Oskaloosa, featuring a major size advantage with 6-10 Cole Henry and 7-0 Xavier Foster, fell in love with the 3-point line in the first half as Henry, a playmaking forward, was limited, and while they shot 6-13 from the arc in the half, they fell behind 32-22 heading into the locker rooms, outrebounded 19-10 in the first 16 minutes.
The second half saw a much more aggressive approach from Cole Henry, as he scored 12 of his 14 points in the final 16 minutes, putting pressure on the Marion defense. That assertiveness helped take some of the pressure off the Oskaloosa role players who had stepped up in a big way early in the second half, namely Rian Yates.
Trailing by 4, 49-45, with 3:56 to play, Oskaloosa wing Iszac Schultz was left wide open, with nobody within 10 feet of him. He navigated the scene, stepped into a 3, and buried it. With 3:02 left, Rian Yates stepped into one and buried his as well, giving the Indians the final 51-49 spread, as neither team scored in the final three minutes.
Oskaloosa (17-5) was led by Rian Yates, who had 15 points on 5-9 shooting from deep. Cole Henry added 14 points (12 in the second half), 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, and Xavier Foster chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks.
Marion’s season ends at 16-6. The Indians were led by Jaffer Murphy, who scored a game high 16 points. Trevor Paulsen added 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Will Henricksen had 10 in the loss. Two starters (Murphy and Henricksen) and three role players return for the Indians next year, so expect to see Coach Mike Manderscheid having them back in contention again next season.
Marion: Jaffer Murphy 16, Trevor Paulsen 14, Will Henricksen 10, Connor Whalen 4, Matthew Brase 3, Gage Franck 2
Oskaloosa: Rian Yates 15, Cole Henry 14, Xavier Foster 13, Austin Hafner 6, Issac Schultz 3
MVP: Cole Henry (Oskaloosa, 2019) — 14 points (7-16 FG), 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks
You could certainly make an argument for Foster, with the way he started the game and his rim protection, but it was Henry’s second half dominance that carried Oskaloosa into the semfinals. The 6-10 lefty is supremely talented, and he wasn’t going to be denied in this one.
Quarterfinal #3: #7 Winterset 59, #2 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54
For the second time in two days, we have a seven-over-two upset at the state tournament. Yesterday it was Alburnett knocking off Sioux Central in Class 1A. This afternoon, it was the small, but lightning quick Winterset Huskies who pulled off the upset, beating tournament co-favorite Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 59-54, to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
Winterset’s tallest starter is 6-1, but that didn’t prevent them from taking it right at a significantly bigger Sergeant Bluff-Luton team all game, with their quick guards routinely getting into the paint for layups and floaters, and using their quickness in their 2-3 zone to frustrate SB-L’s guards all afternoon.
The Huskies knew they had an edge in quickness, and looked to push tempo as much as possible early on, jumping out to a 14-8 lead after one. SB-L started the second quarter hot, tying the game at 16, before a 10-0 Winterset run gave them a 26-16 lead at the break.
The Huskies took the punches from the Warriors in the third quarter, as SB-L closed within two on a Conner Groves pull-up jumper with 4:30 left in the third quarter, but they quickly responded with an 8-0 run in just over a minute to push it back to 10. SB-L never got closer than 5 the rest of the way.
Winterset (17-6) moves into Thursday night’s semifinals, where they’ll face either Oskaloosa or Marion. The Huskies were led by Easton Darling, who had 22 points. Freshman guard Dawson Forgy added 11 points and Casey Kleemeier had 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s season ends at 20-4. The Warriors were led by Daniel Wright, who had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Conner Groves scored 14 (all in the second half) and Sam DeMoss added 10.
Winterset: Easton Darling 22, Dawson Forgy 11, Casey Kleemeier 9, Brock Johnson 6, Casey Young 6, Hunter Farr 5
Sergeant Bluff-Luton: Daniel Wright 18, Conner Groves 14, Sam DeMoss 10, Deric Fitzgerald 7, Jake Layman 3, Austin Freiberg 2
MVP: Easton Darling (Winterset, 2020) — 22 points (9-18 FG, 1-5 3P, 3-5 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
A skilled lefty scoring guard, Darling has established himself as one of the best players in the 2020 class in Iowa, and he showed why in this one. His quickness allowed him to routinely get to the rim, and his creativity around the bucket allowed him to finish around contact all game. He has a nice mid-range game, and as his range keeps improving, watch out.
Quarterfinal #2: #4 Clear Lake 61, #5 West Delaware 46
Despite being just one of two remaining undefeated teams in the state (North Linn in 2A), there were some questions regarding the validity of Clear Lake, given their “easy” schedule. Well, those questions were answered on Tuesday afternoon, as the Lions controlled the game throughout in their quarterfinal win over West Delaware, 61-46.
The Lions never trailed, jumping out to a quick 12-5 lead and never looked back, leading by at least two possessions for the entirety of the second half. They took a 35-24 lead into the break, and led 49-40 after three quarters. A long, athletic team that shares the ball really well, the Lions assisted on 14 of their 21 made field goals in the game.
A late West Delaware rally drew the Hawks within six, but that surge was quickly answered and Clear Lake held a double digit lead for most of the second half en route to the win. The Lions did an excellent job limiting the effectiveness of West Delaware star big man Derek Krogmann for most of the afternoon, holding him 12 points below his scoring average by throwing a slew of different bodies at him.
Clear Lake (24-0) will face top-seeded Norwalk in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. The Lions were led by Drew Enke, who had a game-high 22 points. Freshman guard Carson Toebe added 16 points, with 14 of them coming in the first half.
West Delaware’s season ends at 17-7. The Hawks were led by Logan Woellert, who had 11 points. Derek Krogmann chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds in his final high school game, giving him final career numbers of 1,679 points and 1,128 rebounds.
West Delaware: Logan Woellert 11, Derek Krogmann 10, Kyle Kelley 9, Blake DeMoss 8, Gavin Soppe 6, Mitch Krogmann 2
Clear Lake: Drew Enke 22, Carson Toebe 16, Tate Storbeck 6, Jared Penning 6, Jaylen DeVries 4, Jack Barragy 3, Andrew Formanek 2, Kody Kearns 2
MVP: Drew Enke (Clear Lake, 2019) — 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-3 3P, 4-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
It was the Carson Toebe show in the first half, but it was Enke who took over in the second half for the Lions, making a few big buckets in the fourth quarter to help hold off a late West Delaware run. A 6-3 wing, he showcased a smooth jumper on a few occasions, but was at his best when he was in attack mode, playing downhill. Normally a pretty solid free throw shooter, he shot just 40% from the stripe in the win.
Quarterfinal #1: #1 Norwalk 81, #8 Ballard 39
Top-seeded Norwalk blew an 18-point halftime lead in this building last year’s quarterfinals to eventual champion Glenwood, and they made sure that wasn’t going to happen again this year, as the Warriors dropped 50 points in the first half and cruised to a 81-39 win over Ballard, advancing to Thursday’s semifinals. The win avenged a season opening 69-66 loss to the Bombers.
Norwalk closed the first quarter with a 24-4 run to take a 30-10 lead after one, and took a 50-19 lead into the break.
The Warriors reached a running clock with 5:25 left in the third quarter, going up 58-22 and put on an absolute clinic on both ends of the floor all afternoon.
Norwalk (21-4) advances to the semifinals, where they’ll face either West Delaware or Clear Lake. The Warriors were led by Bowen Born, who had a tournament high 40 points. Tyler Johnson added 16 points, and Tyler Endres had 8 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Ballard’s season ends at 15-10, with their first state tournament appearance since 2005. The Bombers were led by Connor Drew, who had 13 points. Isaiah Deason added 12 in the loss. With Drew and point guard Mason Murphy back next year, they have a solid inside-out duo to build around.
Ballard: Connor Drew 13, Isaiah Deason 12, Max Olsan 5, Chase Winterboer 3, Mason Murphy 2, Reece Huen 2, Seth Wohlgemuth 2
Norwalk: Bowen Born 40, Tyler Johnson 16, Seth Endres 8, Scott Anderson 8, Carson Raper 3, Jacob Joss 2, Carter Funk 2, Kendall Phipps 2
MVP: Bowen Born (Norwalk, 2020) — 40 points (16-24 FG, 1-5 3P, 7-8 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
There’s no doubt who the best player on the floor was, as Born gave us the first 40-point game of the 2019 tournament. The incredibly skilled lefty guard was dynamic all game, scoring 16 in the first quarter to help set the tone as Norwalk cruised into the semifinals. He did it in front of coaches from Drake, Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha, and it’s probably about time for the big boys to start getting involved.