The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 11, 2014

River Hawks run out of points

DES MOINES — Logan Wilhelm threw the dunk down, and all momentum was on Easton Valley’s side, if only for a short while.

Easton Valley (21-3) ended its season in the state quarterfinals, losing to Keota 56-47 on Monday despite having the lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The scoreboard said that the River Hawks were ahead, but momentum swayed heavily when Keota senior guard Kolton Greiner hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Greiner’s 3-pointer from the NBA D-League line made the score 41-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but even Easton Valley knew that shot could have been the turning point, and it was.

“We should have had a steal on that pass,” Easton Valley coach Dan Beck said. “We had him dead out front right where we wanted it, and we should have known better.

“It was a huge basket,” Beck said. “We had him 30 feet from the basket, and knew where he was going with the ball.”

Meanwhile, on the opposing side, Keota (25-1) knew it saw an opening to pull ahead after the big shot.

“I got posterized on the dunk,” Greiner recalled. “They had all the momentum after the dunk, and coach told us that all it was is two points, so we took that to heart and hunkered down.

“I was just glad to get a shot off when I did, and I’ve been struggling the last two games ... it was awesome.”

Greiner had a game-high 21 points.

After that basket, shots didn’t fall for the River Hawks. They just six points in the final frame, while Keota opened the fourth with an 8-0 run.

“We’ve been doing that the last three or so games where we’ve just stopped teams in the fourth quarter, but that’s just guts and desire from our kids,” Keota coach Dan Stout said.

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