State boys' basketball: Dubuque Senior overwhelms Roosevelt

State boys' basketball: Dubuque Senior overwhelms Roosevelt

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State boys' basketball: Dubuque Senior overwhelms Roosevelt

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Dubuque Senior had too much.
Too much size, too much rebounding, and too much experience added up to knocking off Class 4-A state boys’ basketball qualifying surprise Des Moines Roosevelt 58-41 on Wednesday night.
“You just can’t simulate their size and their physicality, and that got the better of us tonight,” Roosevelt coach Chris McMahon said. “It was definitely one of the more physical games we played all year.”
In the Roughriders’ first state appearance since 1982, they shot just 28 percent from the field and were beaten on the glass 45-29 by Dubuque Senior.
Junior Kyle Haber led the third-seeded Rams (23-1) with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
“I think we started playing some Senior basketball,” Ram senior Josh Weeber said. “We want to be physical and get the ball inside.”
The final count was flattering to the underdogs, who scored 19 of their points in the fourth quarter. Roosevelt started the game just 2-for-14 shooting and was doubled up on the scoreboard in the third quarter.
“I thought we were a little tight early and did some things we haven’t been doing down the stretch,” McMahon said.
Sophomore point guard Jordan Johnson tried to spark the Rider offense with 14 points, making four of the team’s 12 field goals. It was a tough task with Dubuque Senior’s tremendously long lineup that played in last year’s state tournament.
“I just couldn’t get my team involved, because they played really good defense,” Johnson said. “We couldn’t get anything inside. They really packed it in.”
Senior forward Chris Bennett had eight points and 10 rebounds for Roosevelt, struggling to find his place among the big bodies.
“We’ve been told all week that the refs were going to let us play, and they were definitely one of the more physical teams we’ve play,” Bennett said. “We’re prepped in practice for rebounding, but there’s only so much you can do come gametime.”
Dubuque Senior led the game from start to finish, getting the margin as high as 25 points. Wave after wave of the state tournament tallest lineup kept attacking the glass and causing Roosevelt headaches.
“We knew the key to the game was to win the battle in the paint and we did that tonight,” Weeber said. “They’ve got some big boys inside and we got afer them.”
The two teams combined for just three made 3-pointers in the lowest-scoring game of the 4-A quarterfinal round.
“We tried to get our perimeters guys going and when we got in a hole, we knew we’d have to make outside shots,” McMahon said. “We’re not going to fool anybody that we’re one of the better 3-point shooting teams, but tonight it just didn’t happen.”
Despite struggling with the rout, a strong turnout from Roosevelt’s fan base at Wells Fargo Arena helped keep spirits from dipping too low.
“Throughout the game I was just thinking that I didn’t want it to be my last time playing,” Bennett said. “This is something that I’m going to look back on forever.”
Dubuque Senior will play Iowa City West in the 4-A semifinals at 3:15 p.m. on Friday.
Roosevelt is hoping the next visit to state doesn’t wait another 31 years.
“I was dreaming about this for so long,” Johnson said.
D.M. ROOSEVELT (41)–Johnson 4-9 5-6 14, Larsen 2-8 2-5 6, Burkhall 0-3 0-0 0, Bennett 2-10 4-4 8, Manuel 1-7 1-2 3, Newell 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Tullis 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell-Septer 0-0 0-0 0, Von Der Linde 0-1 0-0 0, Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, Wells 1-1 0-0 2, Carter 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 13-46 14-19.
DUBUQUE SENIOR (58)–Holdridge 1-4 4-8 7, Haber 7-11 6-7 20, Weeber 4-10 5-7 13, Bonifas 3-10 0-0 6, LeGrand 1-4 1-2 3, Hermsen 0-1 0-0 0, Noel 0-1 0-0 0, Reeves 0-0 2-2 2, Donnor 0-0 0-0 0, Gallery 1-2 1-2 4, Hammel 0-1 0-0 0, Bozek 0-4 1-2 1, McDonnell 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 18-51 20-32.
D.M. Roosevelt 7 7 8 19–41
Dubuque Senior 11 14 19 14–58

3-point goals–D.M. Roosevelt 1-11 (Johnson 1-2, Larsen 0-2, Bennett 0-3, Jones 0-1, Tullis 0-1, Von Der Linde 0-1, Sullivan 0-1), Dubuque Senior 2-12 (Holdridge 1-2, Haber 0-3, Weeber 0-1, Hermsen 0-1, Noel 0-1, Gallery 1-2, Bozek 0-2). Rebounds–D.M. Roosevelt 29 (Bennett 10), Dubuque Senior 44 (Bonifas 11) Assists–D.M. Roosevelt 5 (Johnson), Dubuque Senior 8 (Holdridge 3) Fouls–D.M. Roosevelt 23, Dubuque Senior 18.

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