ANAMOSA — The Northeast Rebels are one win away from another trip to the state tournament.

Seventh-ranked Northeast advanced to the substate championship round by overcoming an early 11-3 deficit on the way to a 44-39 win over the Cascade Cougars in an Iowa Class 2A boys basketball district championship at Anamosa High School Tuesday night.

The Rebels (23-1) move on to a substate showdown with Central Elkader (17-7) at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Saturday at 7 p.m. Central Elkader edged Turkey Valley 51-48 in its district championship Tuesday.

Northeast got on the scoreboard first when sharpshooter Dylan Diedrich, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half, drained one of his patented NBA-range 3-pointers.

Cascade (20-4) scored the next 11 points, with big man Bryan Brackemyer, who scored a game-high 19 points, netting eight of those points as the Cougars went up 11-3 with 4:03 left in the opening quarter.

The Rebels quickly abandoned the 2-3 zone it began the game in and promptly caught fire, going on a 19-2 tear to finish the first quarter and start the second.

“I was a little worried, but not too worried because we’ve got enough firepower to come back,” said Northeast point guard Timon Brooks, who scored a team-high 17 points.

“We got out of our zone really quick and extended our defense full court,” Northeast coach Kevin Enwright said. “Our guards put a lot of pressure on them.”

Northeast would not trail again.

Diedrich drove for a bucket to start the blitz. Brooks then scored after a steal. Jeff Lawlor, who scored eight of his nine points in the second half, hit one of two free throws for the Rebels’ only point not scored by Brooks or Diedrich in the first half.

The lightning quick Brooks added another bucket off a steal to pull Northeast within a point at 11-10 with 1:37 left in the opening quarter.

After a bucket by Cascade’s Mason Gassmann (11 points), Brooks buried a long 3-pointer to tie the score at 13-all. Diedrich put Northeast up 15-13 on a driving bucket with 5 seconds left in the period.

The Rebels then scored the first seven points of the second quarter on another long 3-pointer by Brooks, a pair of free throws by Diedrich, then another lengthy trey by Diedrich, putting Northeast up 22-13 with 5:10 left in the first half.

The teams continued to trade runs as the Cougars fought back to pull even at 24-all with an 11-2 flurry to end the first half and began the second.

Cascade scored the last five points of the first half to make it 22-18.

Lawlor scored the first two points of the second half on a rebound putback. The Cougars scored the next six points to tie.

The see-saw pattern kept up as the Rebels answered with a 9-0 burst to end the third quarter and start the fourth.

Lawlor started the run with a bucket after teammate Kyle Peters came up with a rebound and the assist. Diedrich added another long 3-pointer before Brooks converted another steal into.

Northeast led 31-24 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Rebels’ Trevor Kleppe scored the first points of the final frame off a feed from Diedrich.

Leading 35-29 Northeast got a bucket by Lawlor off a Brooks assist and another steal and hoop by Brooks, making it 39-29 with 3:30 remaining.

The Rebels began to work the clock while Cascade, which had several fouls to give before putting Northeast in the bonus, frantically began to foul.

Leading 41-31 with less than a minute-and-a-half to play the Rebels looked well on their way. But, missed free throws and turnovers allowed the Cougars to make one last run.

Cascade reeled off six straight points to make it a four-point game at 41-37 with 48 seconds left.

Northeast held on as Brooks, Diedrich and Peters each hit one of two free throws to seal the win.

“Our front line isn’t very big, but they work their tails off. They did a great job,” Enwright said. “We did a pretty good job rebounding, especially in the second half.

“It was a little disappointing with that late 10-point lead that we didn’t make free throws and made some silly fouls. But, we were able to hang on.”

Brooks is aiming high.

“If we don’t make it to state and win a game or two I think it’s a failure,” he said.

Score by Quarters

Northeast 15 7 9 13 — 44

Cascade 13 5 6 15 — 39



Dylan Diedrich 5 2-4 15, Timon Brooks 6 3-7 17, Jeff Lawlor 4 1-2 9, Travis Mohr 0 0-0 0, Kyle Peters 0 1-2 1, Trevor Kleppe 1 0-0 2, Nick Mohr 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-15 44.


Peter Supple 0 0-0 0, Mason Gassmann 4 1-2 11, Tom Noonan 0 0-0 0, Kiel Merfeld 3 1-2 7, Bryan Brackemyer 8 3-6 19, Nate Meyer 0 0-0 0, Colin Rea 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 7-12 39.

3-point goals—Northeast 5 (Diedrich 3, Brooks 2); Cascade 2 (Gassmann 2). Total fouls—Northeast 16, Cascade 15. Fouled out—Northeast (Mohr).

Records—Northeast 23-1, Cascade 20-4. Next game—Northeast vs. Central Elkader at Cedar Rapids Prairie (Iowa Class 2A substate championship), 7 p.m. Saturday.