Posted On: 03/3/21 12:00 PM

DAVENPORT -- For the first time since 2013, Davenport Assumption is off to the 3A state basketball tournament. The Knights punched their ticket to State with a dominant defensive effort, holding Mount Vernon to just 33 points in a 57-33 rout on Tuesday night.

With a defensive gameplan focused on limiting Mount Vernon star guard Keaton Kutcher Keaton Kutcher 6'2" | SG Mount Vernon | 2021 State IA , the Knights held him nearly 17 points below his season average, limiting the South Dakota-bound Kutcher to just 6 points on 3-12 shooting. Senior guard Dayne Hodge Dayne Hodge 5'11" | PG Assumption | 2021 State IA was the primary defender on him, face-guarding Kutcher for the majority of the night.

While Hodge was outstanding on the defensive end, it was the role players on the offensive end who made the major difference for Assumption, with Matt Tallman and JJ Stratman combining to score 33 points in the win. 

Assumption (18-6) earned the 5-seed next week and will face 4-seed Dallas Center-Grimes on Tuesday at 4:00 pm. The Knights were led by Tallman, who had 20 points. Stratman added 13 and Texas-bound Emarion Ellis Emarion Ellis 6'4" | SF Assumption | 2021 State #141 Nation IA stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Mount Vernon’s season ends with a 17-6 record. The Mustangs were

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