(Denison) Bishop Heelan opened the game on an 11-2 run and never trailed on their way to a 70-64 substate final win over Harlan Monday night.
Heelan senior Paul Jacobsen torched the nets with four first half three-pointers while Harlan as a team made just one first half three pointer. Heelan held leads of 21-13 after one quarter and 31-25 at the half. Throughout the third and for much of the fourth quarter, Harlan trailed by a 6-10 point gap but would cut it to three points late in the game. Heelan though came up with an answer for every Harlan run. Jacobsen would finish 6-7 from from the floor in the game and added two free throws to lead Heelan with 20 points. Point guard Shane Graves, who fouled out late in the game, added 14 points to go along with six rebounds and ten assists. Graves penetration set up several open looks for his teammates and negated the effectiveness of Harlan's various zone defenses.
Zach Osborn scored 18 points and Trey Lansman pitched in 15 for the Cyclones whose season is now over with a 17-7 record. Heelan advances to their 6th straight tournament and will have a chance to become the first school in boys state history to win four straight state titles.