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The Substate finals are set in Class 4A after a wild Friday night where #2 Waukee was upset by Ankeny, Johnston scored 5 points in the final 4 seconds to upend Ames and Newton went on the road to upset Dowling Catholic. The winners of these games will advance to the 2017 State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. All games start at 7:00 Tuesday night unless noted.
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Sioux City East (20-2) vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (18-3) @ Tyson Event Center, Sioux City
Sioux City East took the season series, beating CBAL 65-60 on January 10th in Council Bluffs and at home 61-51 at home. 6’6 junior Rees Van leads the way for East, averaging 21 points per game while the guard court is lead by 3 players averaging double digit scoring per game. Aidan Vanderloo (16.9 PPG), Jailen Billings (12.9 PPG) & Trae Robinson (10.7 PPG). Troy Houghton (12.8 PPG) and Blake Elam (12.5 PPG, 49 3s) lead the attack for the Lynx.
The Pick: Sioux City East 66 Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln 59
Des Moines North (17-5) vs. Ankeny (11-12) @ Dallas Center-Grimes
Ankeny pulled the shocker of the tournament to this point, beating Waukee Friday night 75-64. The Hawks have an elite scorer in Drew Maschoff (20.6 PPG, 46 3s) to go along with sophomore sharp shooter Dillon Carlson. Des Moines North continues to roll after beating Des Moines East 99-69 in the semifinals. North has won 11 straight games, lead to sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure. Locure is averaging 26.2 points per game along with 6.8 assists per contest. Big man Jal Bijiek (15.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG) is an athletic dynamo that can get to the rim at any moment and has developed a nice outside shot.
The Pick: Des Moines North 77 Ankeny 63
Cedar Rapids Kennedy (17-5) vs. Cedar Falls (16-7) @ US Cellular Center 8:00 pm
AJ Green looks to lead Cedar Falls back to the state tournament after a big run a year ago. Green is averaging 22.2 points per game while hitting 72 3s (44.7%) and 92.8% from the free throw line. He’s joined by Isaiah Johnson (11 PPG) & Ben Gerdes (10.9 PPG). Kennedy counters with Drake Brewster, a 6’6 senior (13.9 PPG) & Derick Diggins (13 PPG). Cedar Falls won the match up earlier this year between these 2 teams, 61-53 in CF back in January.
The Pick: Cedar Falls 70 Kennedy 64
Dubuque Senior (19-3) vs. Dubuque Hempstead (17-5) @ Epworth, Western Dubuque
Senior won both games between these 2 teams by double digits. The Rams are efficient offensively and all of the regulars have shown the ability to hit the 3. 6’5 sophomore Noah Carter leads with 18.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds a game and is hitting 48.5% from downtown. Carter Stevens (14.5 PPG) & Louis Psihoyos (12.9 PPG) can also fill it up for Senior. Hempstead will look to pull the upset with the Daux boys, Connor (13.5 PPG) & Lucas (13.4 PPG).
The Pick: Senior 59 Hempstead 55
Iowa City West (19-3) vs. Muscatine (15-6) @ US Cellular Center 6:30 pm
It will be a battle of future Hawkeyes in the early game at US Cellular Tuesday night. Connor & Patrick McCaffery for Iowa City West against Muscatines’ Joe Wieskamp. Connor McCaffery leads the Trojans in points (19.8 PPG) and rebounds (102) and is 2nd in assists (81) and steals (40). Wieskamp leads the state in scoring, pumping in 30.5 poits per game on 56.5% shooting, including 41.9% from 3. Wieskamp also leads the Muskies in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He’ll have to have another dynamite game to give Muscatine the shot at the upset.
The Pick: Iowa City West 82 Muscatine 59
Bettendorf (17-5) vs. North Scott (16-6) at Davenport West
These 2 teams split in the regular season with both teams winning at home. North Scott is lead by Air Force commit Bailey Basala. The 6’3 senior averages 18 points per game along with hitting 61 3s. Bettendorf has depth and has 7 players that average over 6 points per game. They can hurt you in a number of ways.
The Pick: North Scott 64 Bettendorf 61
Newton (18-5) vs. Johnston (18-5) @ Des Moines Roosevelt
It’s the 4th seeded Cardinals from Newton against #3 seed Johnston. Both teams went on the road to pick up upset wins Friday Night. Both teams like to shoot the 3 ball, with Newton ranking 2nd in 4A with 192 made triples, while Johnston has connected on 160, good for 7th in 4A. Johnston is balanced with Camden Vander Zwaag (11.1 PPG), Jaden Kephart (10.4 PPG), Grant Kramer (10.1 PPG), Dawson Jones (9.5 PPG) & Jeran Proctor (7.7 PPG). Newton has 2 players averaging over 20 points per game with Connor Gholson & Garrett Sturtz.
The Pick: Johnston 62 Newton 56
West Des Moines Valley (18-4) vs. Des Moines Hoover (17-5) @ Ankeny Centennial
The reigning champions in Class 4A, Valley, looks to get back to state in one of the best match ups as they face Courtney Henderson’s Hoover squad. Both teams play a physical brand of basketball. This one may be first to 30 wins the game. Valley welcomed back all state center Quinton Curry towards the end of the season after an ACL tear that he sustained in June. Curry is averaging 10.9 points per game on 69% shooting since his return. 6’8 Senior Charley Crowley along with 6’7 Blake Brinkmeyer off the bench gives Valley a ton of weapons inside to go along with shooters Austin Hinkle, Reese Skinner, Nate Dennis and Carter Frey. Hoover looks first to get it inside Douglas Wilson. Many consider Wilson the best rebounder in the state, but will have to work against a host of Valley big men. Hoover won game 1 way back in the 2nd game of the season. Both teams look much different today than they did then.
The Pick: Hoover 38 Valley 33
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