Aplington-Parkersburg Falls In State Semifinals
Aplington-Parkerburg will bring some hardware home from the Iowa High School boys state basketball tournament, but it won't be the coveted championship trophy.
The top-ranked Falcons had their state title hopes dashed by Treynor (23-3) in the Class-2A semifinals. Aplington-Parkersburg fell to the Cardinals, 74-70, in overtime Thursday afternoon (March 12, 2015).
The Falcons (25-2) forced the extra five-minute period with a buzzer-beating field goal at the end of regulation time. Jake Schipper fed the ball deep in the lane to Nick Ellis, who turned and shot over his defender. The field goal tied the score at the score at 60-all.
Treynor, though, was too strong for Aplington-Parkersburg in overtime. Matt Deitchler's only 3-pointer of the game with 2:41 remaining, put the Cardinals ahead for good at 65-62. They secured the win at the line, hitting four free throws in the final 10 seconds after the Falcons narrowed the deficit to 71-70.
The biggest difference in the game was Treynor's strength on the boards. The Cardinals finished the contest with nearly twice as many rebounds as Aplington-Parkersburg (42-23). As a result, the Cardinals were able to get a number of close-range shots. They owned a 34-16 edge in points in the paints.
Ross Cooper tallied a game-high 18 points to lead the Falcons, while teammate Nick Waller added 17. Cade Alberts chipped in 12 points and Ellis ended the day with 11.
So now, Aplington-Parkersburg hopes to return home with the third-place trophy. The Falcons will face Pella Christian (17-8) in the consolation championship game at 11:45 a.m. on Friday (March 13). Pella Christian fell to Iowa City Regina (22-4) in Thursday's other 2A semifinal game, 55-33.