Number one-ranked Bishop Heelan jumped all over the Storm Lake boys from the tip Monday night and cruised to a 80-39 win in a 3A District contest at "The Pit."
SIOUX CITY - Number one-ranked Bishop Heelan jumped all over the Storm Lake boys from the tip Monday night and cruised to a 80-39 win in a 3A District contest at "The Pit."
It was a matchup of two shorthanded teams. Storm Lake played without senior Courtney Goodchild, out with a nagging knee injury, and Carsen Anderson, hobbled with a foot stress fracture. Heelan had only nine players, with one injury and four players out for disciplinary reasons.
The Crusaders raced away to a 17-0 lead, with Storm Lake not getting their first basket until the final 2:30 of the opening quarter. The Tornadoes put on a brief burst to end the quarter 26-8.
Three-pointer specialist Tanner Ferguson did much of the damage, hitting four straight Heelan treys in the early going en route to an 18-point first half
Heelan's size dominated again in the second quarter, the Crusaders reeling off the first 15 points before Michael McCabe hit a long jumper to end the drought - Storm Lake's only points of the quarter. Neither team could connect in the late going of the half, which ended 43-11.
SL's Bobby Brown buried a pair of long three-pointers in the third quarter, but Heelan's state champion football quarterback, 6'7" Zach McCabe gunned in 10 straight points within a minute, and 6'9", 260-pound future Iowa Hawkeye Brennan Cougill hammered home a two-handed dunk to build the lead to 60-16, before Heelan began to pull out its starters. Reserve guard Reed Buckstead added injury to insult hitting a three from deep in the corner at the buzzer to end the third at 67-22.
Heelan brought the starters out in the fourth quarter for a brief appearance and a cheer from the home crowd, before bringing in all the reserves they had suited up. The two teams then went over three minutes without a basket down the stretch, until Storm Lake's McCabe hit a difficult shot and was fouled. Nolan Cone added a three-pointer and a couple of free throws in the late going to cut the margin down to under 50.
JB Tut led Storm Lake with 9 points, Bobby Brown had six, Michael McCabe and Nolan Cone 5 each.
Storm Lake finishes the season 3-19. The boys' program bids farewell to seniors Taylor Anderson, Courtney Goodchild, Jon Hartje, and David Martinez.
Heelan is 19-2 - their only losses coming to Sioux City East and Omaha Creighton Prep. The top-ranked Crusaders go on to face LeMars Thursday night in Sioux City at 7PM.
The Bulldogs were winners over Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 59-50. The two squads did not mett in the regular season.