By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Day one of the 2017 High School Boys Basketball State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines saw one of our two area coverage teams win and advance to semifinal play on Thursday. In Class 1A, the top-seeded North Linn Lynx held on for a 54-49 victory over Maple Valley-Anthon Oto. It was the first win, third overall at state, for the Lynx program at state since 1977 when that team finished third. This team improved to 26-0 and move on to a semifinal date with Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Lynx sophomore guard Jake Hilmer led the way offensively with 18 points, Hilmer says his team stayed grounded and did what they needed to do especially late in the game to hold off the Rams:
Jake’s father and North Linn’s 18th-year head coach Mike Hilmer says he wasn’t surprised that it took his players a bit to adjust to the bigger setting of Wells Fargo:
Coach Hilmer talks about how the game played out from a coaching standpoint:
Jake Hilmer talks about the mat-up for the 2nd round come Thursday morning:
Also for NL Ryan Miller had 12 points, 9 for David Seber, Bradley Pfluhaupt, Carter Johnson and Adam Wasko had 4 and 3 for Trevor Boge. The Lynx and Rebels will play at 10:30am Thursday morning with all the coverage here from KMCH Sports.
In Class 2A the Cascade Cougars season closed at 22-3 with a disappointing 58-48 loss to Camanche. The Cougars fell behind in the 2nd quarter and could never recover enough to take the lead again. Rebounding and untimely turnovers proved to be the difference as the Indians scored 28 points inside and 10 were on 2nd chance opportunities. Junior Johnny Supple led the way with 22 points, 8 for Haris Hoffman and 7 for Gannon O’Brien. Cascade ended the season at the state tourney for the 5th time in 7 seasons and say goodbye to 5 seniors.