By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The Cascade Cougars Boys Basketball team started off day 2 of the state tourney in Des Moines with a 60-47 triumph over the 3-seed Bulldogs of Van Meter. The Cougars got off to a smooth start by outscoring Van Meter 19-5 in the 1st quarter then led by 10 at the half. Van Meter went on a 20-12 run to cut the deficit to 2 at the end of three but the Cougars responded with a 21-10 4th quarter. Cascade lit it up from 3-point land by going 11 of 21 with 6 of those in the first half. Haris Hoffman led the way with 17 points, 14 for Gannon O’Brien and Derek Koppes, 11 for Johnny Supple and Brock Simon had 4. Second-year head coach Jake Brindle talks about how important it was for hi team to get the lead early and then the mindset they needed to overcome Van Meter’s rally:
The Cougars improved to 24-1 and will now face the 2nd-seeded Orabs of Sheldon tonight in the second 2A semifinal at 8:15. Coach Brindle comments on their next opponent:
All the coverage tonight with Sports Director Jon Swisher around 8pm.
Elsewhere inside Wells Fargo yesterday:
Xavier, Cedar Rapids 67, Marion 60
Glenwood 67, Norwalk 58
Waverly-Shell Rock 59, Mount Pleasant 51
Oskaloosa 63, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 47
Iowa City, West 62, Muscatine 50
Waukee 60, Johnston 58
Our first area coverage game today will feature the Class 1A top-seeded Lynx of North Linn at 27-0 facing 23-3 Don Bosco at 2:00pm this afternoon. The Lynx have only scored below 80 one time this as their high powered offense that averages nearly 93 points a contest. Co-head coach Mike Hilmer says their squad is really performing at a top level right now and that kind of effort will be needed against the quality 1A field:
Junior Jake Hilmer says this fast paced scheme fits this group of varsity players well:
The new five-day format at state means North Linn only had one day of rest before their semifinal game but Hilmer believes it will affect the Dons more than his team:
All the coverage starting around 1:45pm this afternoon with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Lynx Girls head coach Brian Wheatley.