(Des Moines) Harlan looked sharp in nearly all categories of the game in their 64-44 first round win over Humboldt Tuesday afternoon.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the win came from two players who combined for only two points and five shot attempts in the game. Nate Gettys and Eli Williams played great defense on Humboldt leading scorer Jackson Heinz. They face guarded him and held him over 13 points below his offensive average. Heinz managed just four points on 1-13 field goal shooting and 1-5 free throw shooting.
The Cyclones got off to a slow start and trailed 5-4 in the early going, but Will Lansman's offensive rebound and putback gave Harlan a 6-5 edge with 4:15 to go in the first quarter and the Cyclones never looked back. Trey Lansman made a case for an all-tourney nod with a dominant performance. The senior tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. He and fellow senior Adam Juhl contributed to a big 2nd quarter that saw the Cyclones more or less put the game away. Juhl scored 12 of his 15 points in the final five minutes of the first half. Trey Lansman had 11 of his 20 before the break as Harlan stretched the lead to double figures early in the 2nd quarter and led 34-15 by halftime.
The game was never in doubt in the 2nd half as Harlan claimed a 50-20 advantage midway through the third and never led by less than 20 the rest of the game. In addition to the big games from Trey Lansman and Adam Juhl, Nathan Cave tossed in 16 for a Harlan team that heads into the semi-finals with a 23-2 record and the #3 ranking in the state.
Harlan will play 21-4 and #1 ranked Dubuque Wahlert in the semi-finals on Thursday. We'll have the game on KSOM with the tip-off at 6:35pm.
Click here for the postgame comment from Harlan coach Mitch Obsorn
Click here for the postgame with senior Nate Gettys
Click here for the postgame with senior Adam Juhl
Click here for the postgame with senior Trey Lansman