Subscribe for 33¢ / day
aplington-parkersburg logo

DENVER — It’s supposed to be hard to defeat a team three times in the same season.

Fifth-ranked Aplington-Parkersburg was up to the task Wednesday night as the Falcons whipped Dike-New Hartford 78-46 in a Class 2A district championship game.

If anything, A-P (22-1) was even better the third time around as it made sure the Wolverines (15-8) weren’t able to pull off the upset.

Dike-New Hartford jumped in front early, but only briefly as the Falcons’ Alec Oberhauser sparked his team with a trio of 3-point buckets for a 9-7 lead that was just the beginning.

“This was a big game for us, being a rival and all, and I think we were just a little nervous to start,” junior forward Carter Cuvelier said. “We came in pretty confident and once we got going, with Alec hitting the 3s, I mean he was hot from there. We just started moving the ball better and began playing our way.”

“I don’t think it was as much us getting settled down as much as us just getting it going,” Falcons coach Aaron Thomas said. “Once we got the tempo up the way we wanted, it just snowballed from there. We got the lead and made them go man and that was to our advantage.”

Aplington-Parkersburg took a 36-17 lead into halftime.

“When they had the open shots from out there and took them, they were hitting them,” said Dike-New Hartford coach Greg Moore. “We got off to that good start, but we kind of went passive from there and their defensive pressure took us out of our offense. We began to hurry our shots and they just were not going in.”

Dike-New Hartford got 20 points from Cade Fuller and 12 from Colton Harberts, but it wasn’t enough.

“I think we did a decent job of getting out on their shooters and making it difficult for them to shoot,” Thomas said. “We attacked more and we held Fuller down in the second half.”

Fuller rimmed in 15 points during the first 16 minutes.

Cuvelier finished with a game-high 22 points for A-P, with Grant Truax popping in 18 and Oberhauser 17 points.

The Falcons now face Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (20-4) in Saturday’s substate final in Charles City.

“They are very big and physical,” Thomas said. “We are going to have to play our best ball, which we should be playing at this point anyway.”

Apl.-P’burg 78, Dike-N.H. 46

APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG (22-1) — Carter Cuvelier 10 2-3 22, Grant Truax 7 0-1 18, Alec Oberhauser 6 2-2 17, Dylan Ellis 2 1-1 6, Aaron Price 1 0-0 2, Coby Hoff 0 0-2 0, Junior Bodden 4 0-2 8, Sam Bachman 1 0-0 2, Everett Eggleston 0 0-0 0, Braden Good 0 0-0 0, Andrew Haan 0 0-0 0, Jacob Abbas 1 0-0 3, Joe Schipper 0 0-0 0, Riley Oberhauser 0 0-0 0, Christian Olson 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 5-11 78.

DIKE-NEW HARTFORD (15-8) — Colton Harberts 4 4-5 12, Cade Fuller 8 1-3 20, Tim Koop 2 0-0 5, Isaac Jorgensen 3 0-0 7, Ryan Moore 0 0-0 0, Dane Fuller 0 0-0 0, Owen Goos 1 0-0 2, Jake Landphair 0 0-0 0, Mason Dietrick 0 0-0 0, Ely Sohn 0 0-0 0, Drew Sonnenberg 0 0-0 0, Parker Kiewiet 0 0-0 0, Derek Kinney 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-8 46.

Apl.-Park. 17 19 24 18 — 78

Dike-N.H. 9 8 16 13 — 46

3-point goals — A-P 9 (A. Oberhauser 3, Truax 4, Ellis, Abbas), D-NH 5 (C. Fuller 3, Jorgensen, Koop). Total fouls — A-P 7, D-NH 11. Fouled out—none.

1
0
0
0
0

Load comments