Boys State Basketball: Bettendorf Edges Cedar Falls; North Tama, MFL MarMac Finish 3rd

By Jeff Johnson and Josh Christensen, Reporters

Bettendorf's Kris Klabunde and Isaac Boettger of Cedar Falls try to keep a ball inbounds during a Class 4A semifinal at the 2013 State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, March 8, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

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These games were televised live on KCRG 9.2, as every game of the boys state basketball tournament will be.

DES MOINES, Iowa – You never want to accept defeat, but one area team probably did a little more Friday than the other one.

A 80-56 loss to Danville in the Class 1A state tournament consolation game finished North Tama’s most successful boys’ basketball season. This was the first time the Redhawks ever advanced to Des Moines, and they won their quarterfinal Monday afternoon against Ankeny Christian.

A pair of lopsided losses after that can’t diminish the accomplishments. North Tama ended with a 26-3 record.

“It’s been great for our school, great for us,” said North Tama’s Mitchell Boerm, who finished his career with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. “I think we deserved getting this far. It’s a great group of guys. I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else.”

“These are some of my best friends,” added North Tama’s Jacob Wrage. “Coming down here for the first time in school history has been just awesome.”

Danville (27-1) didn’t anticipate being in this game, after losing in the finals the previous two years. Its tremendous senior twin brother combination of Michael and Steven Soukup went out with 45 combined points and 27 combined rebounds.

In the 2A consi, MFL MarMac fell to Carroll Kuemper, 80-52. The Bulldogs have been to the state tournament five times under head coach Eric Dettbarn, placed third once and fourth three times.

That’s called having the consolation blues.

“We’ve been in the semifinals four time, and this is the fourth time we’re in the consolation game,” said Dettbarn. “I told the kids it doesn’t get any easier. It’s tough getting up in the morning to play again after being that close to being in that championship ballgame.”

Kuemper (18-9) simply overwhelmed MFL MarMac on the interior, posting an incredible 48-16 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs shot just 34 percent from the field to Kuemper’s 59.6.

Carter Snitker paced MFL MarMac with 16 points, with C.J. Mason adding 14. Chris Halbur had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Kuemper.

Here are the game boxscore and official play by play for both games:

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