The Boyden Hull Comets and the Sioux Center Warriors are Boys State Basketball Tournament bound following Substate wins Saturday night at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City.
The Comets are in the Class 1A State Tournament following a 51-43 win over the Panthers of Kingsley Pierson while Sioux Center advanced with a 62-51 win over Western Christian.
In the first game of the night the Comets took a 19-13 lead behind a 12 point quarter from Bryce Moss. At halftime the lead was 32-23. Kingsley Pierson went on an 8-0 run to start the second half to take the lead and went ahead 39-37 on a three pointer from Colin Henrich. Henrich scored 11 of his game high 22 points in the third quarter. At the end of the third it was all tied up at 39-39. The fourth quarter belonged to the Comets as they outscored Kingsley Pierson 12-4 in the final eight minutes. Brandt Van Roekel led the way with 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Boyden Hull was led by Moss with 20 points followed by Van Roekel with 18. Henrich had a game high 22 points as the only Panther in double figures.
With the win Boyden Hull improves to 23-2 on the season while Kingsley Pierson ends the season at 20-5.
In the Class 2A Substate game that followed Sioux Center led at all the breaks as they opened a 12-9 first quarter lead and were up by 10 at halftime 31-21. Freshman Steven Kragt hit his only field goal of the night as time expired in the first half. Western stormed back outscoring the Warriors 11-3 in the third quarter to get back to within 34-32 to start the fourth quarter. The game stayed close until the final minutes when Western was forced to put Sioux Center at the free throw line. The Warriors went 13-of-21 at the line in the final eight minutes as they outscored the Wolfpack 28-19 in the fourth quarter to make the final margin 62-51 and move on to the State 2A Boys Tournament.
Sioux Center had three players in double figures led by 18 points from TJ Buyert. Andrew O’Donnell added 17 and Micah Lassen pumped in 13 points.
Western Christian had three players in double figures as well. Mading Thok hit for a team high 17 points. Michael Den Herder hit for a dozen and Brady Bootsma pumped in 10 points.
With the win Sioux Center improves to 18-6 for the season while the Wolfpack end the year at 16-8.
Boyden Hull at 23-2 is the 3 seed in the 1A State Tournament and will open play Monday afternoon March 5th at 2pm against 6 seed Iowa Mennonite who comes to Des Moines with a 22-4 record.
Sioux Center at 18-6 is the 8 seed in the 2A field and will open play Monday evening March 5th at 6:35 as they meet top seed MFL MAR-MAC who enters the Tournament at 23-1.