DEWITT — The Central DeWitt Sabers and Maquoketa Cardinals are poised to meet for a third time Thursday after winning in Class 3A postseason tournament action Monday.
DeWitt won its game over Anamosa 53-34, while Maquoketa defeated Davenport Assumption 42-32.
The two will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Clinton at Yourd Gym.
In the two prior match-ups, DeWitt won both games, but not by much. On Dec. 10, the Sabers won 59-47, but won by one point on Feb. 7 at home, 42-41. DeWitt’s Kyle Bauer averaged 11 points a game against the Cardinals, while the leading scorer for Maquoketa, Jon Ernst, averaged 10.5 points in the two games against the Sabers.
Sabers beat Anamosa
DEWITT — Kyle Bauer scored 19 points in the win against Anamosa, making seven field goals and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
The Sabers pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points and holding Anamosa to 11.
Anamosa used just six players on the floor against DeWitt but scored quite evenly among themselves. None of the six scored in double figures, but Gavin Timp led the Blue Raiders with nine points. The Blue Raiders did have foul trouble to worry about with Drew Beall and Tyler Zumbach each having four fouls.
DEWITT — Maquoketa is used to playing so many close games, and those experiences helped them knock off a well-known team in Davenport Assumption.
“It was never an easy battle, and with the reputation they have, we knew it was going to be a tough one for us,” Cardinals coach Chad Specht said.
Specht admitted it was a defensive battle, but his team stuck with the game plan and kept believing.
“Our guys refused to give up,” Specht said. “We had shots that didn’t go down, but we didn’t let that get to us. We hit important free throws down the stretch.”