By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
DES MOINES ? The boys? state basketball tournament came to a close in Des Moines on Friday with all four championship games taking place.
The day started out with an instant classic. Grand View Christian, the second seed, won the Class 1A title in a thriller, 49-46 over top-seeded North Linn. Grant DeMeulenaere scored 21 points to lead Grand View to victory, and Issa Samake added 12 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots.
North Linn was led by Jake Hilmer, grandson of former WACO basketball coach Bob Hilmer. Hilmer scored 17 points, dished out six assists and had four steals to lead the squad. He also co-led the team with six rebounds, and went 11-11 from the free throw line. Ryan Miller had 15 points for the Lynx, but his final shot of the day, one to tie the game at the buzzer, was no good.
Sixth-seeded Cascade High School came back from a 32-29 deficit to start the fourth quarter to win the Class 2A title 49-38 over No. 1 Treynor. Cascade outscored Treynor 20-6 in the final quarter.
Cascade?s balanced attack was led by Gannon O?Brien, who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Johnny Supple had 11 points and Haris Hoffman scored 10. Luke Clausen led Treynor with 20 points in the loss.
The Class 3A tournament saw yet another down-to-the-wire game in the championship. Fourth-seeded Glennwood topped third-seeded Oskaloosa 66-62 to take home the crown. The game was tight all night long, and was even tied 51-51 after three periods.
Andrew Blum led Glenwood with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Stanislav scored 14 points, and Nate Mohr finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Oskaloosa?s Jared Kruse led all scorers, with 21 points. Cole Henry had 16 points and four rebounds, and Xavier Foster had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Third-seeded Cedar Falls polished off a dominant state tournament run with a 65-45 victory over top-seeded Iowa City West in the 4A championship. Cedar Falls star A.J. Green had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the way.
The Trojans were led by Patrick McCaffery, who scored 13 points. Sevbian Sims added 11 points and five rebounds.