A minute later, Steffens misses a short jumper in which the ball tried to go out of bounds, but Pemsl got the ball, found teammate Josh Carter cherry-picking on the other side of the floor for an easy layup.
Pemsl ended the game with a 23-point, 10-rebound performance.
Steffens hit two more free throws and Bauer hit a 3-pointer in the final two minutes to keep hope alive for the Sabers, but Pemsl and Nolan Timp combined to score the last six points for the Golden Eagles.
“We had a chance the entire game,” Frick said. “Once the lead became a two-to-three bucket lead, you could feel the momentum change.
“Toward that fourth quarter, Wahlert put some pressure on us that caused some turnovers, but I thought we handled ourselves well,” Frick said.
Bauer ended his career scoring 17 points on Saturday night, and scoring a total of 60 points in DeWitt’s three games at Wells Fargo Arena.
“I mean, you could say it was all me, but it was all of my team helping me get the ball,” Bauer said. “I credit my team for finding me, and without them, none of this is possible.”
Bauer led all 3A state tournament players in scoring. The No. 2 scorer in Class 3A was Waverly-Shell Rock’s Jake Velky with 54 total points last week.
Now that the season is over, the Sabers can reflect on a season in which no one outside of DeWitt would have imagined that they would be the state runner-up.
“We came up short, but it was still a great season,” Bauer said. “We proved that we were one of the top two teams in the state, but they were just a little bit better than us.”
Wright will also remember quieting the doubters.