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WATERLOO — Steve McGraw wanted more fire from his Waterloo East Trojans.

He had the ideal igniter — Isaiah Wade.

Wade led a fourth-quarter run that finally allowed East to wrap up a 75-55 victory over Marshalltown Monday night in the second half of a Class 4A Substate 3 doubleheader at Fred J. Miller Gymnasium.

In the opener, Waterloo West just couldn’t hang on after holding a lead for much of the night as the Wahawks dropped a 56-51 overtime decision to Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

So the Cougars (11-11) move on to play Cedar Falls Friday night in the substate semifinal round, while East (12-11) takes on Linn-Mar.

“(The Lions) really shoot the ball well,” said McGraw, looking ahead. “We’re going to have to do something to neutralize that and shoot it better ourselves. But it’s going to be a tough place to play. We’re going to have to be ready.”

According to McGraw, the Trojans didn’t exactly look ready against a Marshalltown team that had won three of 21 games entering postseason play. The Bobcats, playing a 2-3 zone, challenged East to shoot from the perimeter and made it difficult to get the ball inside to Wade.

Marshalltown made enough shots to stay close, even though the Trojans built a pair of 13-point leads in the third quarter.

“I didn’t think we played well right from the start,” said McGraw. “It was kind of a nonchalant effort. When you give a team — and I don’t care who you’re playing — that kind of momentum, you give them a chance.”

The Bobcats appeared to have that chance when they cut the gap to 52-46 with 6:56 to go in the fourth quarter. By then, McGraw had made his displeasure with the effort very, very clear.

“I said something in the huddle between the third and fourth quarter that didn’t sit well with a couple of them, and that woke them up,” said the East coach.

Apparently, Wade was listening.

Following a layup and a missed free throw by Raheem Nickelson, Wade grabbed a rebound and scored on a putback. A few possessions later, he got another offensive board and hit another close range basket.

At the defensive end, the senior blocked a Bobcat shot, and that play set up Martekas Matlock for a fast break layup.

Following a short rest, Wade returned and pumped in one more putback. That gave East a 62-49 lead at the 4:26 mark, and the Trojans pulled away from there.

“I was just thinking domination,” said Wade, who finished with 19 points. “I mean, we were having a bad game and it kind of made me mad, and the coach (McGraw) said we were going to lose. It just turned my energy up.”

Said McGraw, “When Wade’s in there and plays well, we’ve got a chance against anybody.”

Nickelson led East with 20 points, among them a half-dozen in the final eight minutes. Mosiah Sanders had 12 in a reserve role and the bench played a key part in the late Trojan rally, said McGraw.

“(Marshalltown) didn’t play a lot of kids an I’m quite sure our bench wore them down,” said the East coach. “I think they got tired, in my opinion. And maybe we got a little more serious about the game.”

KENNEDY 56, WEST 51 — Wahawk head coach Cliff Berinobis didn’t like the disparity in the free throw totals. Kennedy hit 19 of 25, while West attempted only 14, hitting 12. On the other hand, Berinobis offered no complaints about how hard his team played Monday.

“All in all, I’m proud of our kids,” said Berinobis after the Wahawks fell to 6-16 for the year. “If they gave me that effort all the time, who knows where we would have been? Everybody knows that if you play hard every single day you get better in practice and everything else. But they gave it their all, no doubt about it.”

West never led by more than six points as Kennedy stayed with the Wahawks. Each side had a chance to win it in regulation time, but West couldn’t convert a one-and-one at the line and the Cougars misfired on a 3-point try.

So, with the game tied at 47, it was on to overtime. That’s when Derrick Diggins, who burned West’s defense from the perimeter for much of the night, swished a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:58 left in OT. From there, the Cougars went 6-for-10 at the foul line to protect their lead. The Wahawks managed just one of their five second-half field goals in overtime — a putback by Amel Kuljuhovic.

Gabe Pepin came off the bench to lead West with 17 points. Kuljuhovic added 11, but Kennedy made it hard for West to get the ball to its big man.

“They just weren’t going to let us throw it down there without double teams,” said Berinobis. “There was some scratching and clawing going on down there.”



CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY (11-11) -Drake Brewster 1-6 9-10 11, Derek Girling 0-4 0-0 0, Matthew Berst 3-7 2-4 9, Michael Bisenius 3-10 1-3 9, Adam Wall 1-3 0-0 2, Derrick Diggins 5-10 7-8 21 Shaun Beyer 2-4 0-0 4, Nicholas Duehr 0-1 0-0 0, Carter Krali 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-44 19-25 56.

WATERLOO WEST (6-16)—Javan Lanier 2-3 0-0 4, Jacory Spates 2-8 2-3 7, Demetrius Caddell 0-5 2-2 2, Cardondis Harris-Anderson 2-8 3-4 7, Amel Kuljuhovic 5-11 1-1 11, Gabe Pepin 5-12 4-4 17, Tyrese Nickelson 1-1 0-0 3, Tymaine Beaman 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Burt 0-0 0-0 0, Kalen Burt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 12-14 51

Kennedy 12 15 8 12 9—56

West 14 16 8 9 4—51

3-point goals—Kennedy 7 (Berst 1, Bisenius 2, Diggins 4), West 5 (Spates 1, Pepin 3, Nickelson 1). Total fouls—West 21, Kennedy 16. Fouled out—Caddell, Pepin.


MARSHALLTOWN (3-19)—Aaron Hauser 5-15 2-4 13, Sam Weatherman 1-5 1-2 4, Tony Smith 4-10 6-8 17, Luke Appel 5-10 0-1 10, Trevor Dolezal 0-1 0-0 0, Kyler Ladehoff 0-4 0-0 0, Jacob Smith 1-4 2-2 5, Sam Irwin 0-0 0-0 0, Micah Daniel 1-3 2-2 5, Drake Slifer 0-1 0-0 0, Dayton Slifer 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Sponsler 0-1 1-2 1, Alex Guido 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-56 14-21 55.

WATERLOO EAST (12-11)—Marquas Gafeney 1-6 2-2 4, Ja’Cee Clark 1-3 4-4 6, Raheem Nickelson 8-15 4-4 20, Martekas Matlock 3-9 0-0 6, Isaiah Wade 7-11 5-10 19, Averee Clark 2-9 0-0 5, Jordan Garrey 0-2 0-0 0, Mosiah Sanders 4-9 0-0 10, Tyus Phillips 1-3 0-0 2, Tyree Reed 0-1 0-0 0, Jovahn Holmes 0-0 0-0 0,Alijah Muhammad 0-1 0-0 0, Brody Berinobis 0-1 0-0 0, Dallas Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Joseph Putman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-73 15-21 75.

Marshalltown 15 11 15 14—55

East 15 18 19 23—75

3-point goals—Marshalltown 7 (Hauser 1, Weatherman 1, T. Smith 3, J. Smith 1, Daniel 1), East 4 (A. Clark 1, Sanders 2, Jones 1). Total fouls—East 16, Marshalltown 14. Fouled out—T. Smith.


Sports reporter for The Courier

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