8:00 pm: Xavier 61, Charles City 47
Xavier used a big 20-7 first quarter to grab control of the final game of the day, and cruised to a 61-47 victory over Charles City.
Faced with an 18-point deficit at the half, Charles City was able to climb back to within 13, but never got any closer, as the deep and talented Saints were just too much for the Comets.
Charles City (9-7) was led by, who had a game-high 20 points. He provided a number of highlights, throwing down three powerful dunks. Tait Arndt added 13 for the Comets.
6:30 pm: 4A #8 Waterloo West 77, City High 49
When Waterloo West is engaged on both ends of the floor, they’re one of the best teams in the state. They proved that again on Saturday night, jumping out to a quick 11-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 77-49 win over City High in an MVC battle.
The Wahawks are one of the most talented teams in the state, and what they lack in traditional size, they more than make up for in athleticism and quickness. They put constant pressure on the defense with their ability to attack the rim, and pressure on the offense with their ball pressure and ability to jump any passing lane.
MVP: Antonio Alexander (Waterloo West, 2020) — 18 points (6-7 FG, 6-8 FT), 5 rebounds
Take your pick from the Wahawk starters, but we’ll give it to the leading scorer. The 6-2 guard puts constant pressure on the defense, attacks the offensive glass and contributes across the board.
Waterloo West: Antonio Alexander 18, 13, Daquavion Walker 10,
10, Amar Kuljuhovic 8, Mitch Fordyce 7,
4, Nate Ewell 3, Michael Robinson Jr. 2, Kyler Lyons 2
City High: 15, 9, Raphael Hamilton 7, 5, Cedric Dunnwald 3, Traivon Hodges 3, Samir Abdalla 2, Jackson Walthart 2, 1
[player_tooltip player_id="576918" first="Nick" last="Reid"] had 29 points and 21 rebounds in the win
5:00 pm: Central City 67, Edgewood-Colesburg 51
Central City jumped out to a 12-2 lead early on en route to a 67-51 win over Edgewood-Colesburg on Saturday evening. The Wildcats pushed that lead out to 20-6 before the end of the quarter and held a 34-27 edge at the break.
Ed-Co came out of the locker rooms hot, trimming the deficit down to as little as 2 before a 10-0 Central City run pushed the lead back out to 50-38. Ed-Co got back within as little as 7 in the fourth quarter, but never got any closer than that, as Central City star wing had a dominant second half.
We knew coming in that Reid was the best player on the floor, and he didn’t disappoint, putting up monster numbers on both ends in the win. The Emporia State commit showed off his perimeter stroke and ability to finish around the rim, in addition to being fantastic on the glass and showing defensive versatility.
Central City: 29, Trey Orcutt 10, Ethan Tye 9, Patrick Wade 9, Marshal Van DeVegte 4, David Warrington 4, Keegan Kula 2
Edgewood-Colesburg: 19, Spencer Staner 11, Riley Ashline 5, Konner Putz 4, Korey Putz 4, Quintin Hess 4, Westin Rowcliffe 4
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3:30 pm: Valley 52, Linn-Mar 39
Valley jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and never let Linn-Mar climb all the way back into it on Saturday afternoon, beating Linn-Mar 52-39 in a non-conference tilt.
The Tigers looked like they may run away and hide early on, but Linn-Mar weathered the early storm, clawing back to within 2, 25-23, at the half.
Valley star guard finally got it rolling in the second half, scoring 9 third quarter points to help the Tigers build up a 7-point lead, 39-32, heading into the final period, where they maintained that separation. Valley did an outstanding job on the defensive end all game, forcing Linn-Mar to beat them on the perimeter. They refused to allow any sort of dribble penetration, and when they did, they have ’s intimidating presence in the paint.
Linn-Mar (6-7) was led by Brady Klahn, who had 14 points.
MVP:(Valley, 2022) — 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-4 FT), 9 rebounds
The 6-6 sophomore big man is an intimidating force in the paint for Valley on both ends of the floor. He’s strong, with explosive athleticism and great hands, and he was able to dictate the physicality for Valley.
Liberty scored the first 17 points of the game and never looked back in a blowout win over Carlisle on Saturday afternoon. The Lightning were 10-12 from the floor in the first eight minutes as they jumped out to a 26-6 lead and cruised to a 65-35 win over Carlisle.
The difference between the MVC and the Raccoon River was on full display here, with the Lightning overwhelming the Wildcats from start-to-finish on both ends of the floor.
Carlisle (6-9) was led by Cole Osterhaus, who had 8 points.
MVP: Sam Funke (Liberty, 2020) — 8 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds
You could make an argument for any number of players from Liberty here, but we’ll give the nod to Funke, who came off the bench to give the Lightning some solid production.
Carlisle: Cole Osterhaus 8, Tyson Guard 7, Nate Norton 5, Jace Vollstedt 4, Caleb Wenthe 3, Hayden Amos 2, Cejay Whisler 2, Jacob Imhoff 2, Max Mitchell 2
Liberty: 13, 11, 8, Sam Funke 8, Ben Houselog 6, Colin Shults 5, 5, Grayson Tyler 4, Cody Schroeder 3, Greg Mitchell 2
[player_tooltip player_id="796103" first="Ryan" last="Riggs"]
12:30 pm: Dowling Catholic 51, 4A #10 Hempstead 42
Dowling Catholic snapped a five-game losing streak with an impressive victory over 4A #10 Hempstead on Saturday afternoon, knocking off the Mustangs 51-42.
Using a strong defensive effort, the Maroons limited Hempstead star to 16 points on 6-17 shooting, contesting every shot and using their strength and size edge to control the game with their physicality.
Tied at 27 at the break, the Maroons started to gain some distance in the third quarter behind the strong play of junior forward . He scored six in the quarter to help the Maroons build a 41-35 lead heading into the final quarter.
The 6-9 junior forward is one of the top prospects in Iowa’s junior class, and he showed why here, showing a bit of everything in his arsenal. He scored on the block with good footwork and touch, he knocked down a 3, and he impacted the game on the defensive end.
[player_tooltip player_id="796111" first="Caleb" last="Schlaak"] scored 27 in Kennedy’s win
11:00 am: Kennedy 60, St. James Academy (KS) 58 (OT)
The Kennedy Cougars overcame a slow start to notch a quality victory on Saturday morning, knocking off St. James Academy of Kansas, 60-58, in overtime.
After a sluggish first quarter, Kennedy woke up a bit in the second quarter, pulling into a 20-20 tie at the half. Star forward came alive in the second half, scoring 11 third quarter points to help the Cougars build a 37-30 lead after 3.
A number of turnovers helped the Thunder climb back into it in the fourth, and with 22.6 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, St. James Academy had the ball down by 2, 46-44. Star guard Jack Moellers missed a game-winning 3, but Michael Cahil got the rebound and put in a mid-range jumper to tie it and send it to overtime.
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Kennedy drew first blood in overtime and built their lead as big as 8, 58-50, with 20 seconds left before a late push from SJA brought them back within 1, 59-58. With 4.1 seconds left, Schlaak was fouled. He went 1-2 from the line, and SJA turned it over on the ensuing inbounds. Ball game.
The 6-7 junior wing was dominant in the second half, scoring 19 points and showing a little bit of everything in his offensive arsenal. He was the best college prospect on the floor, and he showed why with his versatility on both ends of the floor.
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St. James Academy: Jack Moellers 35, Michael Cahil 9, Sam Somerhalder 6, Tyler Claiborne 3, Matthew DeLeon 3, Brian Hawthorne 2
Kennedy: 27, Josh White 7, 6, Paul Cory 5, Brandtley Koske 5, 4, Brayden Dolphin 2, Max White 2
Opponents of the “Iowa high school basketball needs a shot clock” movement need to go back and watch the fourth quarter of this game. Without a shot clock, this game would’ve been decided after the third quarter, when Alburnett led 50-35. Instead, the 35-second clock, being used on an experimental basis during today’s Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout, forced Alburnett to continue running offense, allowed Don Bosco to play defense without resorting to fouling with several minutes left, and kept this game entertaining.
Alburnett did a great job limiting Don Bosco star guard for much of the game, limiting him to 21 points on 8-20 shooting (just 3 points at halftime). The Pirates used their size and strength edge in the paint to dominate on the glass, particularly in the form of , who pulled down 13 boards, including five offensive.
In a potential preview of a district final (these teams are paired together in 1A District 6), it was the Pirates who got the first blow in.
Alburnett (11-5) was led by, who had 20 points in the win. added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and chipped in 14 for the Pirates.
MVP:(Alburnett, 2021) — 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds (8 offensive, 5 defensive), 2 assists
The 6-3 junior forward set the tone early on, scoring Alburnett’s first four points on interior touches, and he controlled the glass throughout the morning on both ends of the floor. A physical forward with great hands and solid footwork, he helped the Pirates establish the physicality in the game.