DES MOINES - Harlan didn't have to extend the game to beat Grinnell this time.
After a spirited, back-and-forth game for three quarters, Harlan pulled away to beat Grinnell 64-51 Tuesday night in the Class 3A state tournament.
Some of the players on the two teams had faced each other in football four months ago, when Harlan outlasted Grinnell 56-55 in four overtimes in the state semifinals.
"I remember where I was sitting and how the football game unfolded, and I thought this one was very similar up until the last two-and-a-half minutes," Grinnell coach Scott Sharp said. "We traded punches the entire game. They were just able to knock down shots and we didn't."
Harlan settled the outcome by outscoring Grinnell 18-5 in the fourth quarter, holding the Tigers to just one basket in the period.
"What a game," Harlan coach Mitch Osborn said. "Everybody knew each other so well."
Dominic Leinen led Harlan with 18 points. He also hurt Grinnell in the football game with a 54-yard touchdown run.
"Running out on the floor, I had the same feeling as I did then," Leinen said. "You just knew it was a big game and they were gunning for us."
Zach Daeges, an all-state baseball player, added 17 points for Harlan and Kyle Gross, who deflected an extra point attempt that would have sent the football game into a fifth overtime, scored 13.
The Cyclones shot 48.7 percent and held a 35-21 rebounding advantage, with Randy Bissen grabbing eight and Gross snagging seven.
Grinnell (20-5) shot only 20.8 percent in the second half after making 59 percent of its shots in the opening half.
"Harlan's defense was the difference in the game," Sharp said. "Their zone frustrated us and the kids away from the ball covered us well."
Osborne went to the zone in the second half in hopes of covering Grinnell's outside shooters a little better. It also frustrated 6-foot-7 Frank Hatlestad, who scored nine points in the first half but was scoreless in the second.