Postseason play begins Monday for Iowa high school boys’ basketball in Class 4-A and 3-A.
First-round substate games in 4-A include 13 teams from the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. First-round district games in 3-A are set up as doubleheaders, with opening matchups at sites across the state tipping off at 6:30 p.m.
Southeast Polk and Urbandale are hosting 4-A doubleheaders, with games scheduled for 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Six CIML teams have first-round byes and open play in Friday’s substate semifinals, including Metro Conference champion Hoover, Central Iowa Conference co-champions Ames and Ankeny Centennial, plus Dowling Catholic, Valley and Waukee.
MONDAY’S CIML GAMES
Urbandale vs. Mason City
Where: Urbandale, 6:30 p.m.
About Urbandale (17-5): Hoover ended the fifth-ranked J-Hawks’ 10-game win streak on Thursday, but coach Brad Bjorkgren’s team has already far exceeded expectations. Senior guard Brody Egger scored 23 points in a 73-44 win at Mason City on Jan. 16.
About Mason City (5-16): The Mohawks have had 10 days to plan for Urbandale since smacking Fort Dodge in their regular season finale. Four players scored in double-digits in that win.
D.M. North vs. Fort Dodge
Where: Urbandale, 8 p.m.
About North (12-9): Who will dictate the tempo? The Polar Bears goaded Fort Dodge into a track meet in their early season victory, and snapped a three-game skid on Friday by getting Marshalltown to do the same thing.
About Fort Dodge (7-14): The young Dodgers have had 10 days to shake off three straight double-digit losses. With top junior scorers Kyle Beisch and Sam Kolacia, freshman guard Malcolm Clayton has increased his contribution in recent weeks.
Waterloo West vs. Marshalltown
Where: Cedar Falls, 6:30 p.m.
About Waterloo West (7-14): Playing one of the state’s toughest schedules, the Wahawks have stumbled to the finish line. Senior forward Lincoln Conrey still gives West a chance against anyone, averaging 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
About Marshalltown (2-19): The Bobcats could shoot their way to an upset if Austin Hauser and Tony Smith stay hot. The juniors had 25 and 26 points on Friday at North, combining to hit nine 3-pointers.
Burlington vs. Ottumwa
Where: Ottumwa, 7 p.m.
About Burlington (0-21): The only winless team in 4-A. Junior Isaac Oard leads an anemic offense with 8.4 points per game. The Greyhounds have three losses by single digits.
About Ottumwa (10-11): The 8-4 start feels long ago, especially after losing to Centennial on Friday by 48 points. It’s up to seniors Nic Young and Brok Hopwood to earn the first playoff win of their careers.
Ankeny vs. Newton
Where: Southeast Polk, 6:30 p.m.
About Ankeny (9-12): There’s a lot to like about how coach John Petersen’s team finished the regular season. Four straight wins, an upset of rival Centennial and great balance make the Hawks an intriguing playoff squad.
About Newton (9-12): Recent losses and overall record don’t tell the whole story. Senior Tyler Wood helped keep the Cardinals in a heap of close Little Hawkeye games, so playing in 4-A shouldn’t be a huge step up.
Southeast Polk vs. D.M. Lincoln
Where: Southeast Polk, 8 p.m.
About Southeast Polk (7-14): What did the Rams learn in two days? A scheduling quirk means a rematch of Friday’s 66-64 overtime win at Lincoln. Senior Cam Shannon had a team-high 20 points
About Lincoln (4-17): Coach Jay Bendixen’s team has to get back up and try again. Jelani Hughes had a season-high 20 points in Friday’s close loss to Southeast Polk, which was tied at 57 entering overtime.
Indianola vs. Johnston
Where: Indianola, 7 p.m.
About Indianola (10-11): Perimeter scoring is necessary as the Indians struggled offensively in a Jan. 27 loss to Johnston. Five senior starters will be fighting for their playoff lives.
About Johnston (8-13): Which Dragon team will show up? A deep run seems as likely as a quiet exit, but senior scorers Derek Jones and Regen Siems will have their say. Nick Neumann hit six 3-pointers in Johnston’s 55-49 win at Indianola.
D.M. Roosevelt vs. D.M. East
Where: Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
About Roosevelt (11-10): The Riders are due for a scoring swing. Tough outings last week against Ames and Waukee returned losses by a combined 63 points, but Roosevelt beat East by 30 and 14 points in a regular season sweep.
About East (2-19): Putting up a fight against suburban squads should help the Scarlets get over their early losses to Roosevelt. George Dantzler and Jon Harrington had 12 points each against Ankeny on Friday.
CIML REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
METRO Conf All
x-Hoover 12-0 19-1
North 8-4 12-9
Roosevelt 6-6 11-10
Indianola 6-6 10-11
Ottumwa 6-6 10-11
Lincoln 2-10 4-17
East 2-10 2-19
EASTERN Div Conf All
z-Waukee 5-1 8-3 16-5
y-Centennial 4-2 9-2 18-3
Ankeny 2-4 5-6 9-12
SE Polk 1-5 3-8 7-14
NORTHERN Div Conf All
yz-Ames 6-0 9-2 15-6
Fort Dodge 3-3 3-8 7-14
Mason City 2-4 1-10 5-16
Marshalltown 1-5 1-10 2-19
WESTERN Div Conf All
y-Urbandale 5-1 9-2 17-5
Valley 4-2 7-4 16-5
Dowling 2-4 7-4 14-7
Johnston 1-5 4-7 8-13
x-Metro Conference champion
y-Central Iowa Conference champion
z-CIC divisional champion
Ankeny 60, East 53
Centennial 75, Ottumwa 27
Dowling Catholic 43, Ames 38
North 80, Marshalltown 74 (OT)
Southeast Polk 66, Lincoln 64 (OT)
Waukee 81, Roosevelt 48
OTHER CENTRAL IOWA GAMES
Monday, Feb. 23
Class 3-A District First Round
Denison-Schleswig vs. ADM (Adel), at Carroll
Grinnell at Bondurant-Farrar
Perry vs. Boone, at Gilbert
Winterset at Carlisle
Greene County at Carroll
Chariton vs. Centerville, at Pella
Ballard at Gilbert
Norwalk vs. Knoxville, at Carlisle
Oskaloosa at Pella
Dallas Center-Grimes vs. Saydel, at Bondurant-Farrar
Nevada at Webster City
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Class 2-A District Final
Panorama vs. Interstate 35 (Truro), at Dallas Center-Grimes
PCM (Monroe) vs. Pella Christian, at Nevada
Woodward Academy vs. Roland-Story, at Dallas Center-Grimes
D.M. Christian at South Hardin, at Nevada
Class 1-A District Semifinal
Paton-Churdan vs. Adair-Casey, at Guthrie Center
Earlham vs. Bedford, Mount Ayr
Murray vs. Diagonal, at Mount Ayr
Nodaway Valley vs. Griswold, at Guthrie Center
Lynnville-Sully at Moulton-Udell
Colo-Nesco at Pleasantville
Grand View Christian vs. Van Meter, at Pleasantville