Eight-seed Bishop Heelan (18-6) handed top-seed MOC-Floyd Valley (24-1) their first loss of the year, connecting on 5-of-7 free throws in the final two minutes to stave off the Dutchmen 35-33. MOC-Floyd Valley was 0-for-5 from the line in that same stretch. Neither team hit a field goal in the final five minutes, combining to shoot 31% from the floor on the night. Bishop Heelan squares off against…
Epworth (23-2) outscored Assumption 24-11 in the final quarter to pull away from the Knights (21-4) for a 58-46 win despite a game that featured seven ties and eight lead changes. TJ Lake poured in 26 points while going 9-for-11 from the free throw line as the Bobcats hit 21-of-30 from the line. Assumption hit six in just seven attempts from the charity stripe on the night.
Seven-seed Grinnell (21-4), who fell to Washington to end the regular season, continued their great postseason run in dramatic fashion, outscoring Waverly-Shell Rock (23-2) 26-15 in the final quarter to complete the comeback win 60-55. The Tigers trailed by 11 at the half and by 16 early in the third quarter before outscoring the Go-Hawks 42-21 the rest of the way. Four players scored in double figures for the Tigers, led by Jordan Ely’s 15. Grinnell took their first lead of the game at the 2:37 mark and took the lead for good on a three-point play with :57 left. Waverly-Shell Rock was 0-4 in the final minute from behind the arc as the Tigers pulled away going 5-of-6 from the line to seal the win. Grinnell will face the winner of the Mount Pleasant / ADM contest which tips at noon Wednesday. The third-seeded Panthers are the highest remaining seed left in class 3A.
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