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March 5, 2013

PC boys end season with state tourney loss to Orabs

DES MOINES — In a game that saw plenty of lead changes, Pella Christian failed to hold a lead in the last 13 minutes of its Class 2A first-round state tournament game against No. 9 Sheldon at Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday.

The Orabs kept the Eagles at bay for much of the second half en route to the 63-57 win.

The win puts the 23-3 Orabs into Thursday’s semifinal against Carroll Kuemper Catholic, a 61-54 winner over third-ranked Nodaway Valley. The Eagles close the season at 20-5.

The lead changed had 20 times and was tied six times, but Pella Christian’s last lead came at 34-33 with 5:05 left in the third quarter on a layup by Austin Ver Meer.

Sheldon tied the game at 34 on a free throw by Matt Dykstra when Chris Balste made 1 of 2 foul shots at the 3:52 mark to put the Orabs on top for good at 35-34.

Baskets by Balster and Dykstra along with a free throw from Tom Brown extended the lead to 40-34 with 1:30 left in the third and the Eagles could not recover.

Look for complete details on the game in Thursday’s Herald.

Sheldon 63, Pella Christian 57

PC    12    14    12    19    —    57

S    14    13    16    20    —    63

PELLA CHRISTIAN (57) — Riley Stursma 8-13 0-0 22, Blake Riggen 2-6 0-0 4, Jared Van Wyk 1-7 0-0 3, Austin Ver Meer 3-7 4-4 10, Coltin Collins 2-3 0-0 4, Sebastian Baugh 6-15 0-0 13, Justin Boot 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-51 5-6 57.

3-point goals — 8-23 (Stursma 6-10, Van Wyk 1-4, Baugh 1-7, Riggen 0-2). Rebounds —29 (Ver Meer 10, Collins 10, Stursma 3, Van Wyk 3, Riggen 1, Baugh 1). Steals — 5 (Baugh 2, Stursma 1, Riggen 1, Collins 1). Assists — 8 (Ver Meer 3, Baugh 3, Stursma 1, Riggen 1). Block  — 1 (Ver Meer. Total fouls —14. Turnovers —13.

SHELDON (63) — Nate Oostra 3-6 1-5 7, Chris Balster 8-10 5-6 21, Dallas Ennema 5-15 2-2 13 Matt Dykstra 4-4 1-2 10, James Gradert 4-7 3-4 11, Dylan Ennema 0-0 0-0 0, Tom Brown 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 24-42 13-21 63.

3-point goals — 2-4 (Da. Ennema 1-3, Dykstra 1-1). Rebounds — 23 (Gradert 6, Da. Ennema 4, Dykstra 4, Balster 3, Brown 3, Oostra 2). Steals — 8 (Oostra 4, Gradert 2, Brown 1, Da. Ennema 1). Assists —10 (Balster 4, Da. Ennema 4, Oostra 1, Dykstra 1) . Blocks — 7 (Da. Ennema 7). Total fouls — 7. Turnovers — 12.

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