The Camanche Indians and Northeast Rebels both won their regional match ups Thursday night at Camanche to advance to the district final game at Yourd Gymnasium next Tuesday.
For Camanche, a big second half—along with big points from Cam Soenksen and Dev Patel—pushed the Indians past Durant 80-66.
“We got the first one now, we’ve flipped the script.” Camanche Coach Josh Davis said. “It’s going to be a really great game in Clinton.”
The first half was slow for the Indians offensively, with a lot of back and forth play. Durant had an answer for all the points the Indians put up and they went into the locker room all tied up at 34-34.
“We didn’t make any shots and they made a lot of shots. That’s really what it boils down to,” Camanche Coach Josh Davis said. “We were playing hard, our kids were ready to go. They earned it by making shots. If a team is making shots, they can stay with us.”
A lot of the makes coming from the Wildcats came on second chances.
“We gave up seven offensive rebounds in the first half,” Davis said. “Their misses were long, so we were still boxing out we just weren’t pursuing the ball well enough yet.”
The Indians’ defense kept them in it the first half when shots weren’t falling. Calvin Ottens had a few big blocks to stave off more Wildcat points, part of his four on the night.
“He was protecting the paint when we needed him to and that’s his job: come in and swat shots away and get in their head a little bit,” Davis said. “He played a real, real nice game.”
Caleb Delzell came out of the blue in the third quarter, grabbing an offensive rebound for his first points of the game. Durant answers with a basket, but Delzell found another board on the next possession and popped it out to Carson Seeser for the three. A basket from the Wildcats left the Indians with a 39-38 lead.
The Indians ended the game with 16 offensive rebounds and 12 of those came in the second half.
“Those two big rebounds got us baskets each time, and those rolls are big for us,” Davis said.
That’s where the Indians’ offense found some momentum found some momentum.
“Second half, our shot selection was a little bit better,” Davis said. “We weren’t rushing it, we got the ball moving.”
Dev Patel hit a shot to extend the lead to three and then Cam Soenksen missed a basket but got his own rebound for the put back. Next time down, Patel got it in the lane and pivoted around the defense for the basket and one. He sank the free throw and then Soenksen put the punctuation on it with a 3-pointer for the 51-38 lead.
Patel and Soenksen led the offense. Patel put up 26 points and Soenksen 22. Soenksen was also the leading rebounder with 12 total rebounds and Patel had a team high six assists.
Seeser pitched in his own 13 points and Delzell had seven.
The Indians move on to face Northeast Tuesday in Clinton.
Rebels pull away in second half
A low scoring game ended in the Northeast Rebels’ favor as they edged the Tipton Tigers 38-26 at Camanche on Thursday night.
Tipton jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Northeast’s Dawson Stoll drained a three. Dakota Stevenson fond the rim to give the Rebels the 5-4 lead and that would be it for scoring for the first quarter.
More back and forth play ensued in the second and the teams went into the half with the Tigers ahead 16-15.
Northeast came out with energy and went on an 11-0 run to start the third and take the double-digit lead. That lead was cut in half when the Tigers came roaring back with their own 5-0 run.
With four minutes to play, the Rebels found themselves only ahead by four with the score sitting at 27-23. Luke Empen put it in from down low to extend it to six, then Braeden Hoyer hit a free throw to make it a three possession game. Another basket from Empen and the Rebels were up by nine with three minutes left.
Another three from the Tigers and another Northeast basket and the Rebels had the eight point lead. Hoyer decided to put the exclamation point on it with a huge dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy and have Northeast the double-digit lead again. They would hold that until the buzzer.
Collin Swanton led the Rebels with 11, and Empen pitched in another 10. Hoyer finished with seven and Stoll with six.
The district final matchup at Clinton High School will be a redemption match from last year. Northeast and Camanche split games during the regular season.
PoP eliminated from postseason
LISBON, Iowa — The Prince of Peace boys couldn’t find enough offense to keep up with Lisbon, falling 81-77 in regional play at Lisbon on Thursday night.
The Irish had suffered double digit losses to the Lions both times they met them in the regular season. Still, they found the motivation to keep up with the Lions’ offense on Thursday night. The Lions average just over 70 points per game, while the Irish average around 63.
Lisbon only led the Irish 37-34 when the teams broke for half.
Patrick Mulholland and Aidan Sager both drained three 3-point field goals a piece in the second half in an attempt to stay with the Lions and Kaidion Larson put up 10 points. It still wasn’t enough. The Lions went 9-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter alone to help push them past the Irish.
Mulholland led the Irish offensively with 21 points, including sinking five threes. Larson was close behind, putting up 18 points. Sager finished with 13, all of them coming in the second half.
Fulton ends regular season
ORION, Ill. — The Fulton Steamers ended their regular season on a high note with a 55-44 win over the Orion Chargers on the road on Thursday night.
The Steamers led by five at the half, then outscored the Chargers 18-9 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 14.
Even with Orion outscoring Fulton in quarter four, the lead was big enough that the Steamers rolled to the W.
Cody Sanderson led Fulton with 16 points. Tyler Bruggenwirth pitched in 12 and Keegan Kloepping had 11, including sinking three of the Steamers’ four makes from beyond the arc.
The Steamers begin their postseason with a matchup with Morrison on Monday night at Fulton High School.