There were two championship thrillers Friday night at the Boys state basketball tournament. In class 2-A, Jack Brownlee poured in 36-points, including 13 in the final 3 minutes and 12-seconds as Fort Dodge St.Edmond erased a late nine point deficit to down Pella Christian 64-61. Brownlee’s acrobatic three-point play with 43-seconds left gave the Gaels the lead.The loss was the third straight in the title game for Pella Christian and coach Larry Hessing.In class 1-A, Andy Kosky’s free throw with a second remaining in double overtime lifted Newell-Fonda to a second straight championship with a 58-57 win over Boyden-Hull. Kosky says he was thinking of Justin Lyman’s buzzer beater last year that won the state title.Kosky says he was confused when he grabbed a missed shot and the whistled sounded just before the buzzer. He thought he had committed a foul.The loss prevented Boyden-Hull and retiring coach Paul Walton from earning a first title. Walton said it was an emotional lockeroom after the game. He says some of the players had suffered through hard times in turning the program around. In the the consolation round games Friday, in class 1-A, Lynnville-Sully held off a second half rally by Bellevue Marquette for a 56-53 victory. Lynnville-Sully coach Glenn Fiihr said it was not difficult to get his team ready to play as they didn’t want to go out with a loss. Bellevue Marquette coach Jim Squires said his team was sluggish at the outset.In class 2-A, Derek Weber had 28-points, including four dunks, as Dike-New Hartford downed Rock Valley 64-56.
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