Boys State Basketball: Lone Tree Falls In 1A Quarterfinal

By Jeff Johnson and John Campbell, Reporters

This game was televised live on KCRG 9.2, as every game of the boys state basketball tournament will be.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Lone Tree tugged on Superman's cape more than a few times Monday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. While Bryan Forbes provided a heroic display, it wasn't quite enough to knock off the defending Class 1A state champion.

"Not a good feeling," Forbes said after a 58-54 loss to Boyden-Hull in a Class 1A state tournament quarterfinal. "I guess, at the same time, not a lot of teams get this far, you know?"

Not a lot of players do what the 6-foot-3 guard did Monday. Dormant for three quarters, Forbes absolutely went off offensively in the fourth to give his team a chance to win a game in which it was the underdog coming in despite being a much higher seed (2 vs. 7).

Boyden-Hull (23-3), which hasn't lost to a 1A team this season, plays North Tama (26-1) in a 1A semifinal Thursday afternoon at 12:15.

"Boyden-Hull is a great defensive team," said Lone Tree Coach Tom Squiers. "They made us work for every point, every shot we took. From the first quarter on, offensively it was difficult. It's tough to knock off the defending champs."

An array of slashes to the hoop, drawn fouls and 3-point shots added to 20 points the final eight minutes for Forbes. He had 19 consecutive points for Lone Tree (25-2) at one point, the first 16 of a wild 26-point fourth quarter for the Lions.

He was unstoppable, which made his six first-half points and just four official field-goal attempts puzzling.

"I just needed to be more aggressive," said Forbes, who averaged nearly 24 points coming in. "The first three quarters, I was settling for 3-pointers. The fourth quarter, I just had to start attacking."

Boy, did he.

"It just took him awhile to get going," Squiers said. "I thought he came out tired. I really did. That's not normal for him."

"We thought we had him handled, but, obviously, not," said Boyden-Hull's Colin Bolkema. "He scored 29 points on us, so we did something wrong there."

Yet the Comets did enough offensively to advance. They trailed by three points at halftime but held Lone Tree to five third-quarter points to assume a 33-28 lead.

Guard Riley Francis, son of head coach Bill, had a huge trey that gave B-H the lead for good, 44-42, with 3:24 left. The Comets shot 61 percent in the second half, getting 16 points from Bolkema and 14 from Francis.

Dodson had 10 first-half points to keep Lone Tree afloat until Forbes came alive.

"Hard to go out like this," said Dodson, whose teams other loss was at the end of the regular season to undefeated semifinalist Danville. "I wish we could play a couple more games, but it didn't happen."
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