State boys' basketball: Cedar Falls tops Sioux City North in 4-A

State boys' basketball: Cedar Falls tops Sioux City North in 4-A


State boys' basketball: Cedar Falls tops Sioux City North in 4-A


Accurate shooting at spacious Wells Fargo can sometimes pose a challenge for high school basketball teams.
No problem for the Cedar Falls boys, who displayed a torrid touch during a 57-46 victory against Sioux City North on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4-A tournament.
Kalehl Brown made 10 of his 14 shots and finished with a game-high 23 points. His team buried 22-of-34 field-goal attempts, nearly 65 percent. The Tigers took a conservative approach from the 3-point arc, making 3-of-6 attempts.
“We wanted to make a statement and come out with high energy,” said Brown, a senior.

Photos: Cedar Falls vs. Sioux City North

The Tigers also had to play a little defense, too, especially on Daniel Tillo. The sophomore brought in a 22.9-point scoring average but found it difficult to get loose and take uncontested shots. He finished with 14 points and was North’s only double-digit scorer.
“They didn’t let me get open at all,” said Tillo, who had six points at halftime. “I just didn’t get open shots.”
The Tigers used a variety of defensive tactics against Tillo.
“We knew he was a good shooter,” Brown said. “He is only a sophomore and his going to be a great player. We were trying to limit his touches and everyone bought into it.”
Keeon Johnson added 13 points while Iowa football recruit Isaac Boettger scored 10 for Cedar Falls.
Cedar Falls held a 27-18 halftime lead and increased the advantage to 39-25 with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter. North clawed back, forcing a 45-45 tie with 3:21 to go in the game. But the Tigers sealed the verdict with a 12-1 run.
“I thought we had them when we came back,” Tillo said. “We’ll be back next year.”
Cedar Falls (20-4) meets Bettendorf (24-0) in Friday’s 1:30 p.m. semifinal. North finishes with a 21-3 record.

CEDAR FALLS (57) — Kale. Brown 10-14 3-7 23, Kalu. Brown 2-4 1-2 5, Boettger 5-7 0-0 10, Harvey 1-1 1-2 3, Johnson 3-5 5-8 13, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0, Deines 0-1 0-1 0, Bardal 1-2 0-0 3, Braun 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-34 10-20.
SIOUX CITY NORTH (46) — Elizalde 3-10 2-4 9, Dean 2-10 3-6 9, Najdawi 2-5 0-0 4, Bennett 0-5 0-0 0, Tillo 6-14 0-1 14, Scarlett 3-4 1-2 9, Neustrom 0-4 0-2 0, Bald 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 16-53 7-17.
Cedar Falls 12 15 12 18 — 57
S.C. North 12 6 13 15 — 46

3-point goals–Cedar Falls 3-6 (Johnson 2-3, Bardal 1-2, Kalu. Brown 10-1), Sioux City North 7-19 (Tillo 2-8, Dean 2-4, Scarlett 2-3, Elizalde 1-4). Rebounds–Cedar Falls 33 (Kalu. Brown 10), Sioux City North 27 (Tillo 8). Assists–Cedar Falls 18 (Kalu. Brown 9), Sioux City North 8 (Scarlett 3). Fouls–Cedar Falls 17, Sioux City North 16.


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