DES MOINES — In the other Class 3A semifinal at the boys’ state tournament in Des Moines, Dubuque Wahlert calmed the Harlan Cyclones in dominating fashion.
The Golden Eagles will face Central DeWitt in the championship game Saturday night by taking care of Harlan 67-36.
Harlan, who handled its own this season by losing just three games, never led in the game and saw its biggest deficit inflate to 34 over the Golden Eagles, who the Sabers have played (but lost to) earlier this season.
Wahlert held Harlan to 20 percent shooting on Thursday. The Cyclones entered the state tournament shooting 46 percent on the season.
“Wahlert is a 4A-type school playing 3A competition,” Harlan coach Mitch Osborn said after the loss. “We just got outplayed tonight by a better team. We knew we were up against an outstanding team, and we just missed lots of opportunities against them.”
The leading scorer for the Golden Eagles was guard Jared Walker with 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting, including sinking a pair of 3-pointers. Cordell Pemsl pitched in a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Trey Lansman carried most of the load for the Cyclones, scoring 16 of his team’s 36 points.
Wahlert outscored 40-12 in the paint, and nearly doubled them in rebounds by holding Harlan to 28 while the Golden Eagles had 47 rebounds.
“I would’ve bet the farm that this wasn’t going to happen,” Golden Eagles coach Tom English said. “Harlan is an outstanding team, we knew we had to come out and play really focused; that’s the best defensive effort our guys have had all year.”