DES MOINES — The Northeast Rebels’ record-setting season came to an end with a fourth-place finish at the state tournament Friday afternoon.

Northeast, which piled up a school-record 25 wins, had to settle for fourth place after getting bested 61-46 by the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays in the Class 2A consolation championship at the Iowa boys state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

For the second straight day the fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Rebels (25-3) struggled mightily, shooting just 28 percent a day after shooting only 23 percent in their 57-35 semifinal loss to Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

Northeast was just 15-for-54 from the field and only 5-for-24 (21 percent) from 3-point range.

“We didn’t make any shots the last two games,” Rebels senior point guard Timon Brooks said. “The first game (Northeast’s 62-61 state quarterfinal win over Battle Creek-Ida Grove) a lot of our guys were hitting their shots.”

“That’s the second day in a row we didn’t shoot very well, and if you don’t shoot the ball well you’re not going to win many basketball games,” said Northeast coach Kevin Enwright, who received his 300-win award later in the day.

The Rebels, who never led, fell behind by eight in the first quarter and by 16 late in the first half. Northeast fought back within nine three times in the second half, but could get no closer.

“We made a couple of adjustments at the half and came out and made some runs,” Enwright said. “We were getting better looks in the second half. We just weren’t knocking them down. We usually shoot a lot better than that, but I can’t fault the kids for their effort.”

Second-ranked and second-seeded Bondurant-Farrar (27-1), which shot 63 percent in the first half and 57 percent overall, began to take control with a 7-0 burst that put the Bluejays up 15-7 with 1:11 left in the opening quarter.

The run came just after Brooks (3-for-12, 8 points) drained a long 3-pointer from out top to pull Northeast within one at 8-7.

Bondurant-Farrar’s flurry included a bucket by Jake George, then a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by 6-foot-6 senior standout Kerwin Dunham, who poured in 19 of his game-high 26 points in the first half.

The Rebels cut the gap to five at 17-12 on senior Kyle Peters’ three-point play following a mad scramble under the basket with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Bluejays responded by scoring the first six points of the second quarter to take their first double-digit lead at 23-12.

Brooks then drained another lengthy 3-pointer from out top, but Bondurant-Farrar scored the next seven points to double Northeast’s output at 30-15 with 2:59 left in the half.

The Bluejays’ largest lead was 16 twice — 32-16 late in the first half and 44-28 late in the third quarter.

Bondurant-Farrar led 33-18 at the half.

The Rebels tightened things up with a 6-0 spurt to start the second half. Peters (7 points) hit a pair of free throws to start the run. Junior shooting guard Dylan Diedrich, who was just 3-for-20 overall and 1-for-11 from 3-point range, added a fast-break bucket before Peters stuck in a rebound putback to make it a nine-point game at 33-24 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

Northeast had a chance to get even closer, but Peters was whistled for an illegal screen foul and Dunham promptly knocked down a 3-pointer.

The Bluejays built the margin back up to 16 with an 11-4 flurry, making it 44-28 with less than a minute left in the quarter.

Bondurant-Farrar led 44-31 after three quarters.

Trailing 46-31 Northeast used an 8-2 run to again work within nine with 5:58 remaining. The run included a pair of free throws by Diedrich, a 3-pointer from the top of the key by senior sixth man Trevor Kleppe (7 points) and a 3-pointer from the right corner by senior starter Jeff Lawlor, who had a team-high 10 points, making it 48-39.

The Rebels made it a nine-point game once more when Brooks came up with a steal, made a nifty behind the back dribble to elude a Bluejay, drove to the basket and put in a pretty shot off the glass to make it 50-41 with 4:27 to play.

Bondurant-Farrar scored the next four points before a long 3-pointer by Diedrich from out top that made it 54-44 with 3:06 left.

Neither team scored again until Bluejay reserve Brian Hemping’s free throws with 1:35 remaining.

Diedrich, who scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, scored Northeast’s last points on a driving bucket with 1:24 to play.

Bondurant-Farrar scored the final five points. Bluejay reserve B.J. Hall buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Rebels’ 25 wins broke the school record by three.

“We raised the bar at Northeast,” Enwright said. “We’ve been here three of the last four years.”

It was the final game as a Rebel for seven seniors: Brooks, Kleppe, Lawlor, Peters, Travis Mohr, Matt Rittmer and Dustin Krogman.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Brooks said. “We’ve had quite a bit of success the last few years. It’s just hitting me now that I won’t ever put this jersey on again.”

“This has been a tremendous group of seniors,” Enwright said. “It’s another one of those groups as young players ... who would have thought? But, they worked very hard, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Score by Quarters

Bondrnt-Farar 17 16 11 17 — 61

Northeast 12 6 13 15 — 46



Craig Sheehan 0-1 2-3 2, Kerwin Dunham 10-16 4-6 26, Jake Tracy 3-5 4-4 10, Brad Lowe 2-4 2-4 6, Jake George 2-3 2-2 6, Grant Pinkley 2-4 2-2 6, B.J. Hall 1-1 0-0 3, Brian Hemping 0-1 2-4 2, Brandon Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Tim Martinez 0-0 0-0 0, Barrett Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Fuller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-35 18-25 61.


Dylan Diedrich 3-20 2-2 9, Timon Brooks 3-12 0-0 8, Jeff Lawlor 2-5 5-6 10, Travis Mohr 1-2 1-2 3, Kyle Peters 2-5 3-3 7, Nick Mohr 0-0 0-1 0, Kyle Howe 1-2 0-1 2, Kendle McChurch 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Kleppe 3-8 0-0 7, Daniel Heiar 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-54 11-15 46.

3-point goals—BF 3-7 (Sheehan 0-1, Dunham 2-3, Pinkley 0-1, Hall 1-1, Hemping 0-1); Northeast 5-24 (Diedrich 1-11, Brooks 2-5, Lawlor 1-3, T. Mohr 0-1, Kleppe 1-4). Rebounds—BF 32 (Lowe 9); Northeast 28 (Peters 6). Assists—BF 10 (Tracy 6); Northeast 4 (Brooks 3). Steals—BF 4 (Sheehan, Dunham, Lowe, Hemping); Northeast 6 (Brooks 2, Lawlor 2). Blocks—BF 2 (Dunham, Tracy); Northeast 3 (Brooks, Lawlor, Peters). Turnovers—BF 18, Northeast 13. Total fouls—BF 15, Northeast 22. Fouled out—Northeast (T. Mohr, Kleppe).

Records—Bondurant-Farrar 27-1, Northeast 25-3.