DES MOINES — There was no quit in Carter Cuvelier and his Aplington-Parkersburg teammates Wednesday night in the Class 2A state basketball semifinals.
Cuvelier scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half to bring the Falcons back from near impossible odds against a sharp-shooting Treynor squad, but it wasn’t enough. Top-seeded Treynor secured a 75-66 win over Aplington-Parkersburg in a rematch of a 2015 state semifinal the Cardinals won en route to the school’s most recent championship.
“I thought we lost our poise for a little bit and then we got it back, but they (AP) just keep coming at you,” Treynor coach Scott Rucker said.
Treynor (26-0) had five different players combine to knock down 12 3-pointers against an Aplington-Parkersburg team (24-2) that aggressively trapped throughout this game.
Finishing just three 3-pointers shy of Maurice-Orange City’s single-game team state record that has stood since 1990, Jack Stogdill led the Cardinals’ charge with makes on all four of his 3-point attempts as part of a 20-point game. Dillon Faubel hit three treys and added 21 points.
The key swing came after Cuvelier picked up a third foul at the 5-minute, 32-second mark of the second quarter.
Treynor closed the first half on an 18-5 run with five 3-pointers during that stretch to take a 38-25 lead into intermission. The Cardinals’ advantage grew to 18 points with 5:24 left in the third quarter before Cuvelier capitalized on defensive stops with a relentless response.
The Falcons’ junior forward pulled his team within 10 on a traditional three-point play followed by a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter. He later hit a pair of free throws and delivered a lengthy fastbreak bounce pass to Junior Bodden to make it a four-point game with 5:19 remaining.
After Cuvelier cut the deficit to a one-possession margin, 67-64, at the free throw line with 2:22 remaining, a wild sequence flipped momentum back Treynor’s direction. A-P’s Alec Oberhauser tripped off a steal, no foul was called, and Faubel converted a layup on the other end. Faubel hit 7 of 8 free throws from there to seal the win.
“He’s such a competitor, doesn’t want to lose, and he’ll do whatever he has to do for his teammates,” A-P coach Aaron Thomas said, assessing Cuvelier’s second half heroics. “We talked about being aggressive, trying to attack them.
“We got to the free throw line and the clock stopped, made our free throws to give ourselves a chance, just not enough time. A basket here a stop there, finish a layup on a steal and not fall or whatever that was and who knows?”
Exhausted after pouring everything he had into that comeback effort, Cuvelier spoke with pride in the resolve his team demonstrated to compete until the final horn.
“I was confident,” Cuvelier said. “Teammates did a great job of getting me the ball, coach did a great job drawing up plays.
“We played extremely hard. We’re proud of how we finished that game. We could have folded and ended up getting beat by a lot more than what we did. We never give up.”
In addition to Cuvelier’s big game, Oberhauser finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Aplington-Parkersburg’s season will end 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the consolation game against Sheldon.
“This group has put in a lot of time and effort,” Thomas said. “Our goal was to play Friday (in the title game) not Thursday. But I am confident our guys will come back tomorrow and compete. I’m super proud of them and their heart.”
Treynor 75, Aplington-Parkersburg 66
APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG (24-1) — Aaron Price 4-8 0-0 10, Coby Hoff 0-3 0-0 0, Carter Cuvelier 8-19 13-15 30 Grant Truax 0-1 3-5 3, Alec Oberhauser 7-13 0-0 16, Dylan Ellis 0-5 0-1 0, Sam Bachman 1-1 0-1 2, Junior Bodden 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 22-52 17-24 66.
TREYNOR (25-0) — Dillon Faubel 6-13 6-8 21, Jack Stogdill 7-8 2-4 20, Jon Schwarte 4-6 1-3 9, Luke Clausen 4-12 4-5 14, Jerry Jorgensen 2-5 0-0 6, Seth Young 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Tiarks 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 25-49 13-20 75.
Aplington-Park. 15 10 23 18 — 66
Treynor 10 28 22 15 — 75
3-point goals — A-P 5-18 (Price 2-4, Hoff 0-3, Cuvelier 1-5, Oberhauser 2-4, Ellis 0-2), Treynor 12-25 (Faubel 3-6, Stogdill 4-4, Clausen 2-9, Jorgenson 2-5, Tiarks 1-1). Rebounds — A-P 32 (Hoff 8), Treynor 33 (Clausen 8). Assists — A-P 11 (Oberhauser 4), Treynor 18 (Faubel, Clausen 5). Turnovers — A-P 12 (Oberhauser 5), Treynor 14 (Faubel 6). Blocks — A-P 0, Treynor 7 (Schwarte 3). Steals — A-P 8 (Oberhauser 4), Treynor 5 (five at 1). Total fouls — A-P 20, Treynor 22. Fouled out — none.