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Second-Half Surge Gives Dubuque Wahlert A Championship

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- It wasn't nearly as dominating a performance as their first two games here, but the Golden Eagles (23-4) were clearly the class of 3A in a 67-57 victory over DeWitt Central. A lot of people out there would love to have seen how they'd have done in the Class 4A tournament.

"I'm not going to say that," laughed Wahlert Coach Tom English, when told he should say Wahlert would have won it. "I think we would have fared pretty well. Iowa City West is in the 4A championship game, who we defeated earlier in the season. We won our division in what I think is the toughest conference in the state. So I think we would have fared well in 4A."

Wahlert didn't lose to a 3A team this season and beat 14 4A clubs. It has a 6-foot-7 sophomore in Cordell Pemsl who could be a high-Division I college player in a couple of years and who was way too much, especially in the second half, for gutty DeWitt Central (23-4).

The left-hander had 23 points and 10 rebounds, spurring a rally from a 32-28 halftime deficit with an array of interior hoops. His bucket with 1:49 left in the third quarter put Wahlert ahead for good, 44-42.

"We were playing bad defense, taking quick shots, weren't playing our game the way we did the first couple of games here," Pemsl said.

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