Warriors stopped in the first round at State

Clint ColeSports Editor
Warriors stopped in the first round at State

The Warriors’ trip to the Boys’ Basketball State Tournament didn’t last long and they are still winless in seven State Tournament appearances. The Waukee boys’ basketball team lost to North Scott, Eldridge in the first round on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 63-54.

The Warriors struggled at the beginning of each half, but bounced back in the second and third quarters to keep the game close. They were down 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, 23-17 at halftime and 41-31 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors slowly climbed closer to the Lancers and with 3:52 to go, Anthony Nelson made a basket and drew a foul and brought the Warriors to within one point, 46-47 after the successful free throw.

On the next Waukee possession after a North Scott basket, the Warriors’ leading scorer, Michael Jacobson, was called for a charge and fouled out of the game with 3:27 to go.

With the deficit cut to just one point, Waukee coach Justin Ohl thought momentum might be on their side.

“I thought, finally, we got the momentum behind us a little bit,” said Ohl. “We just could never quite get over the hump. When you get down like that… When you fight and claw to get back, it takes a lot out of you. We just could never quite close it.”

Jacobson had 19 points and seven rebounds when he fouled out.

With Jacobson fouled out of the game, Ohl wanted his players to “go down swinging” in the final minutes.

“I thought our guys were trying to save themselves,” said Ohl. “I’m like ‘we maybe have eight minutes left. Let’s just lay it all on the line right here.”

The Warriors didn’t go away just yet, even without their leading scorer though as Parker Howe hit a 3-pointer with 2:28 to go to bring the Warriors back within two points, 53-51. After a steal by Adam Rose, Nelson was fouled with 2:14 to go and had a chance to tied the game at the free-throw line but missed both shots and the Lancers began to pull away.

Nelson finished with a double-double for the Warriors with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Trevor Allen, a senior, didn’t have any points but pulled down five rebounds for the Warriors.

Cortez Seales of North Scott led the game with 23 points while pulling down five rebounds and dishing our four assists. Marion Stewart scored 20 points and tied for a team-high six rebounds.

The Warriors finish this season with a record of 18-6.