The boys’ state basketball tournament is underway in Des Moines. George-Little Rock coach Ben Gerleman said his team did not mind being the eighth seed as they downed top-seeded Treynor 49-39.
Treynor opened the game in a zone defense and Gerleman said the Mustangs were not expecting that. He says they expected them to play all man-to-man and says it’s a credit to his team that they forced them to do something they don’t normally do.
It was a struggle on offense the entire game for Treynor. The Cardinals made only 14 of 44 shots in the game. Treynor coach Jerry Christiansen says they had trouble with George-Little Rock’s size inside. The loss was the first for the Cardinals who finish 25-1.
WACO’s first appearance in the state tournament was a success. The sixth rated Warriors got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Ryan Shelman to down number five Rockwell City-Lytton 47-40 in a class 1A quarterfinal.
Shelman says they’ve never been to the tournament and it took a while to adjust to the surroundings. He says they’re not used to the size of the court and having so many people at the game.
WACO coach Bob Hilmers says the Warriors were not satisfied with just making it to the state tournament. Brad Diersen led Rockwell City-Lytton with 14 points. The Wildcats end the season with a record of 23-2.