(Des Moines) The Harlan Cyclones improve to a perfect 9-0 in first round state tournament games under current head coach Mitch Osborn. The Cyclones most recent win came yesterday afternoon against #1 ranked Vinton-Shellsburg.
Vinton-Shellburg game in at 24-0 but the battle-tested Harlan Cylclones six losses were by a combined 24 points. In the end it was the team that had the tougher road to get to the state tourney that stayed in contention.
Harlan held Vinton-Shellsburg leading scorer Grant Sagan to just one field goal attempt in the first half on their way to a 27-26 halftime edge. A 10-0 Harlan run to start the third quarter not only gave the 8th seeded Cyclones a double-figures lead but it also gave them the confidence that they could knock off the #1 seed.
In the second half Harlan held Vinton-Shellsburg to just 24.1% field goal shooting to help build a 17 point lead. Any comeback hopes for Vinton-Shellsburg were wiped out by Harlan’s 18-25 free throw shooting. Adam Juhl hit 9/10 from the line and finished with 17 points. Trey Lansman contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Also scoring in double figures were Nathan Cave with 13 and Gabe Ferry with 11.
19-6 Harlan will play 21-4 MOC-Floyd Valley in the semi-finals. Harlan beat MOC-Floyd Valley in their last meeting which was for the 2006 state championship. This season's semi-final game will be played at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday.
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