Fort Dodge senior Tysen Kershaw drives to the basket through the common season.
SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge boys basketball crew made a irritating common season nothing greater than a distant reminiscence on Monday, because the Dodgers took full benefit of wiping the slate clear on their 2019-20 marketing campaign with a 65-60 Class 4A substate quarterfinal victory over Sioux Metropolis West.
Senior Tysen Kershaw had 21 factors and 10 rebounds for the Dodgers, who embraced their second life after posting a 2-19 document towards a rugged CIML slate. Junior Dayson Clayton added 19, as Fort Dodge rallied within the closing three minutes from a six-point deficit to prevail.
“Towards the top of the 12 months, we saved speaking about how our document doesn’t matter when you get into the postseason,” mentioned Kershaw, a three-year starter and the squad’s main scorer. “So long as we saved enjoying collectively and stayed targeted, we knew something might occur.
“We’re enjoying like we now have nothing to lose for the primary time all 12 months, and we’re going to maintain this momentum going.”
The Dodgers jumped forward of the homestanding Wolverines (11-11) early, main 14-Eight on the finish of the primary quarter. It was nonetheless 25-24 FDSH at halftime, however West pulled forward within the third quarter and nonetheless maintained a two- and even three-possession benefit till Clayton knocked down a three-pointer to tug the guests again inside 55-52.
Kershaw swished a go-ahead bounce shot to make it 61-60 Dodgers with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Sophomore Monterius Altman-Abrams was then fouled after Brycen Bell grabbed a rebound on a Wolverine miss, and he calmly sank each free throw makes an attempt to make it 63-60.
Bell knocked down a pair on the charity stripe himself to finish it after West was known as for a foul on a transferring display screen with underneath 10 seconds remaining.
Altman-Abrams had all 9 of his factors within the closing interval. Bell contributed eight. The Dodgers struggled on the line till the closing moments, after they put West away with eight consecutive makes.
“It’s simply an enormous credit score to our guys that they saved battling, each on this sport — being down by six or seven for lots of the fourth quarter — and actually your entire season,” FDSH head coach Tom Daniel mentioned. “They actually deserved this as a reward. It’s been a irritating 12 months, however they by no means stopped enjoying arduous and by no means gave up on one another.
“We had a variety of completely different gamers step up and do what wanted to be accomplished. Tysen was aggressive and once more confirmed he generally is a game-changer defensively. Dayson hit some massive photographs. Two of our seniors, Brycen and Asle (Thorson), got here prepared and confirmed a way of urgency. And Monte comes off the bench with an excellent fourth quarter. This was form of a throwback, old-school, get-after-it kind ballgame, and our guys rallied round one another.”
Freshman Keavian Hayes had 19 factors to steer the Wolverines. However their main scorers, Marcus McCray and Chase Smith, have been held to 11 and 9, respectively.
“We have been faceguarding (Smith) and he didn’t get many open appears to be like (from the perimeter),” Daniel mentioned. “He had over 70 three-pointers through the common season (at a 52 % clip). We did job on (Kyrel) Hanks, too, who had solely (one triple after making 51 treys at 56 % this 12 months).
“The youngsters confirmed toughness. West was clearly heartbroken. It’s not simple to get a playoff win, particularly after an extended highway journey like this. We saved telling the crew that something can occur within the postseason. Data don’t matter now. Individuals don’t keep in mind what occurred in Sport Four or Sport 9 or Sport 15. They keep in mind the way you do within the event.”
The Dodgers now head to Ankeny on Friday to tackle the 16-5 Hawks in a substate semifinal. Ankeny defeated Fort Dodge through the common season, 57-43.
FORT DODGE 65, SIOUX CITY WEST 60
Fort Dodge — Tysen Kershaw Eight 5-Eight 21, Dayson Clayton 6 6-9 19, Monterius Altman-Abrams 2 Four-Four 9, Brycen Bell 2 2-2 Eight, Drake Callon 1 Three-5 5, Asle Thorson 1 Zero-Zero 2, Carson Peterson Zero 1-2 1, Jaheim Clayton Zero Zero-Zero Zero, D’Arien Calahan Zero Zero-Zero Zero. Totals: 20 21-30 65.
Sioux Metropolis West — Keavian Hayes 7 5-Eight 19, Kee’on Hutton 2 6-7 12, Marcus McCray Four Three-Three 11, Chase Smith Three Zero-Zero 9, Kyrel Hanks 2 2-2 7, Kennan Hegna 1 Zero-Zero 2. Totals: 19 16-20 60.
Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 14-Eight, 25-24; West led 43-37. Three-point targets: Fort Dodge Four (Bell 2, Altman-Abrams 1, Clayton 1); West 6 (Smith Three, Hutton 2, Hanks 1). Turnovers: West Eight, Fort Dodge 7.