Posted On: 04/14/19 3:43 PM
10:00 (16u Sweet 16): Iowa Intensity 77 vs Wisconsin Sharks 76
We saw this Wisconsin Sharks team dismantle the Iowa Mavericks’ top 16u squad last night, and although they were every bit as good today, they were buried by the sharpshooting Iowa Intensity squad. One of the best shooting teams in the state, Iowa Intensity canned a whopping 14 3s in this one and needed every one of them to get by the talented group from Wisconsin. Cole McGriff was the chief marksman, putting in six 3s and leading the way with 18 points in the win. Waverly Shell-Rock freshman Hogan Hansen scored 15 and put in four 3s. Grinnell’s AJ Wilkins has had a tremendous weekend, he scored 18 and canned four 3s of his own. Down low it was Caleb Burks who was getting it down, the 6’5 Waverly-Shell Rick big-man scored 10 points and contributed in plenty of other ways. For the Wisconsin squad, it was once again Max Kunnert who was sensational, the Brookfield Academy sharpshooter scored a game-high 30 in the loss.
11:00 (17u Sweet 16): Martin Bros 56 vs Iowa Mavs-Cleveland 29
Martin Bros got out to an extremely hot start, catalyzed by 6’5 guard Michael Keegan, and raced to a 16-3 lead that would never be overcome by the Mavs. There were times in the first half when the Mavericks made runs and were able to cut the lead to as little as three, but the Martin Bros always had an answer. There would be no Mavs push in the second half and today was just the Martin Bros’ day. Keegan, a Beckman Catholic product, led Martin Bros with 15 points, he’s been great all weekend. Nick Pepin added 11 points and Isaiah Johnson chipped in with 10. John Steffen and Lucas Hayes each scored seven for the Mavs.
12:00 (17u Sweet 16): Fundamental U-Black 70 vs Iowa Barnstormers Black 48
The Barnstormers came into this weekend with only seven guys, and last night one of them got hurt, leaving them with six for this one. So they improvised and merged the 16U guys with the six remaining 17U guys for one stacked mega-team. Although the first half went well for the ‘Stormers — they kept it close for much of it and trailed by just six at the break — the second half did not. The big and skilled Fundamental U guards were too much in the second, and outscored the ‘Stormers 35-19 in the final 16 minutes. Cedar Falls guard Josh Ollendieck was the leading scorer for Iowa, he put in 13 points. For the Illinois squad, it was Jayden Johnson who was best, he scored 25.
1:00 (16u Elite 8): Martin Bros 68 vs Rockford Ambassadors 48
After trailing by two at the break to the skilled and athletic Illinois squad, Martin Bros flipped a switch in the second and wound up obliterating the Rockford team. Jadin Johnson was a one man wrecking machine, scoring, stealing and blocking shots on nearly every possession. He’s been tremendous all weekend, and finished with 15 points in this one. Michael Duax was again dominant, he was scoring everything at the rim, including a couple jams, and it’s looking more and more like he’ll be landing a good amount of Division I offers soon. Cooper DeJean scored nine points in the second half, including a showstopping thunder dunk that had the whole gym abuzz; it was the best jam of the tourney, and one of the best I’ve personally ever seen from a high school player. Chase Courbat was really good in the win, he scored 13.
2:00 (17u Elite 8): Martin Bros 72 vs Team Y&R 56
This was a very athletic Y&R squad, but ultimately they were no match for the deep and talented Martin Bros unit. Winterset guard Easton Darling went crazy in this one, he made seven 3s and finished with a game-high 32 points — that’s the most we’ve seen in a single game all weekend. Michael Keegan was again very good, he helped out with 20 points of his own. The Illinois guys showed out with a few eye-catching slams, but the depth, shooting ability and cohesiveness of the Martin Bros squad was too much here.
4:00 (17u Final 4): Breakaway Basketball 58 vs Martin Bros 52
This was a highly entertaining game, but in the end it was the guys from Illinois that hit the shots they needed to late. Breakaway point guard Nate Shockey was the key difference maker in this one, he was the catalyst for the Illinois club, and scored a game-high 18 points in the win. The Martin Brothers group trailed by six at halftime but used an 11-0 run to start the second half to take a 37-32 lead. The lead, though, would be short-lived, and after Breakaway was able to regain the lead, the game was tight up until the very end. Nick Pepin scored a team-high 14 for Martin Brothers, he was good all weekend. Isaiah Johnson also had a great weekend, he scored 12. Jaden Keller chipped in with 10 for MB.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Martin Bros overcame some lackluster play with sheer talent and team togetherness. As has been the case all weekend this group of guys played with great cohesiveness, it’s clear this group is out to win and they’re willing to work together to get the job done. It was a balanced scoring attack again for the Martin Brothers squad. Cooper DeJean scored 12 and hit some clutch free-throws late. Jadin Johnson scored 12 and was critical to keeping his team afloat during a first half lull. Michael Duax didn’t score in the first half but poured in 11 points in the second. This Martin Brothers team has a lot of people talking, it’s a special bunch, and the titles could come rolling in of they keep playing the way they did in Madison.