By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The top-ranked Class 2A North Linn Lynx passed their toughest test of the season yet last night in a semifinal that closed out day number 3 of the 2019 Boys Basketball State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Lynx held off Van Meter 54-47 in a game that lasted one hour and twenty-six minutes. It featured four ties and two lead changes. North Linn led 13-10 after one quarter, 30-21 at the half and by just a point after three quarters after being outscored 14-6 in the 3rd frame. The Lynx were able to outscore the Bulldogs 18-12 in the fourth for the seven point win. The closest game for the Lynx all season and the lowest amount of points they have scored since having 46 in the 1A title game loss to Grand View Christian last season. Senior All-Stater Jake Hilmer led the way with 26 points for the Lynx, Trevor Boge had 15, 10 for Austin Hilmer and David Seber added 3. The Lynx qualified for their first ever Class 2A title contest Friday afternoon at 4:10pm against Boyden-Hull who beat South Hamilton 62-59 last night.
Elsewhere at the Tourney yesterday:
Waukee over WDM Dowling Catholic 48-35
Dubuque Senior slid past Iowa City West 39-36
Grand View Christian 59 Montezuma 36
The Alburnett Pirates earn their first trip ever to a title game with a 39-37 nail-biting affair with Remsen St Marys.
Class 1A and 2A consolations take place on Thursday at the Tourney starting at 10:20am then 3A and 4A semifinals.