Falcons battle back, come up short in semis

DES MOINES – Aplington-Parkersburg boys basketball came up a couple stops short of an astounding comeback in Wednesday's Class 2A state semifinal with Treynor.


Trailing by as many as 18 points three minutes into the third quarter, A-P got within three points, but the Cardinals' cushion was big enough to beat back a career-high from Carter Cuvelier, ending the Falcons' state championship game hopes in a 75-66 decision at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


A-P and Sheldon will play for third place at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. Treynor will play Cascade for the 2A title at 3:45 p.m. on Friday.


"We got out on shooters more in the second half and our effort was a lot better than in the first half," A-P senior Alec Oberhauser said. "We just couldn't get that last stop."


Oberhauser finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Cuvelier took over the game in the second half with 26 of his career-best 30 points, playing with three fouls through most of the second half and four fouls for the final six minutes of the game.


A-P went on a 16-7 run in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to cut Treynor's lead to 67-64, and got a steal from Oberhauser on the ensuing Treynor possession. However, Oberhauser and Treynor's Luke Clausen got their feet tangled up as Oberhauser tried to break for the basket, tripping up Oberhauser and eventually turning the ball back over to the Cardinals for a Dillon Faubel bucket.


The Falcons were 0 for 7 from the floor the rest of the way, outscored 8-2 before the final buzzer sounded.





The Falcons will try to match their best finish in A-P history, when they finished third in 1997 with an 81-71 victory over PCM. That Falcon team was led by Thomas, who was the all-tournament team co-captain that season.


"I'm proud of how we finished that game," Cuvelier said. "We could've folded, gotten beat by a lot more than we did. But we never gave up."


Oberhauser added: "We don't want our final game to be a loss. We want to come in, play hard and get the win."

A-P                   15 10 23 18—66

Treynor            10 28 22 15—75

   A-P–Aaron Price 4 0-0 10, Coby Hoff 0 0-0 0, Carter Cuvelier 8 13-15 30, Grant Truax 0 3-5 3, Alec Oberhauser 7 0-0 16, Dylan Ellis 0 0-1 0, Sam Bachman 1 0-1 2, Junior Bodden 2 1-2 5. Totals 22-52 17-24 66.

   Treynor–Dillon Faubel 6 6-8 21, Jack Stogdill 7 2-4 20, Luke Clausen 4 4-5 14, Jon Schwarte 4 1-3 9, Jerry Jorgenson 2 0-0 6, Jack Tiarks 2 0-0 5. Totals 25-49 13-20 75.

   3-pointers: AP 5-18 (Price 2, Oberhauser 2, Cuvelier); T 12-25 (Stogdill 4, Faubel 3, Clausen 2, Jorgenson 2, Tiarks). Rebounds: AP 32 (Hoff 8, Oberhauser 7, Bodden 5, Cuvelier 5, Price 2, Truax 2, Ellis 2, Team); T 33 (Clausen 8, Schwarte 7, Stogdill 6, Faubel 5, Tiarks 4). Assists: AP 11 (Oberhauser 4, Cuvelier 2, Hoff 2, Ellis 2, Truax); T 18 (Faubel 5, Clausen 5, Stogdill 4). Steals: AP 8 (Oberhauser 4, Cuvelier, Hoff, Price, Bodden); T 5. Blocks: AP 0, T 7 (Schwarte 3). Fouls:AP 20, T 22.


The full story will be in the Mar. 14 Eclipse.