Posted On: 02/26/20 4:58 PM

NEWTON -- Neither team led by more than seven points on Tuesday night, as Pella Christian avenged a regular season loss to Des Moines Christian, winning 53-47 to advance to Saturday's substate final against South Hamilton.

After exchanging mini-runs throughout the first half, Pella Christian took a 26-25 lead into the break. The teams traded the lead seemingly on every possession throughout the third quarter before Pella Christian took the lead for good with 5:10 left to play in the game. 

Jackson Waring went to the line with 1:05 left and a chance to tie it, but missed the second free throw. Josh Van Gorp answered with a bucket on the other end, pushing the Eagles' lead back to 50-47. Grant Veenstra got a good look at the tie with about 30 seconds to play, and Curran Ingram missed a putback. Jack Vermeer went 2-2 at the line to make it a two-possession game and clinch the win for Pella Christian.

Pella Christian (12-10) was led by Jack Vermeer, who had 17 points. Josh Van Gorp chipped in 14 points and

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