Cold shooting dooms East boys in state opener

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) — Sioux City East shot just 29% and lost in the first round of the Iowa boys Class 4A state basketball tournament, 63-41, to Cedar Falls on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Black Raiders trailed just 13-10 after one quarter but were outscored 20-9 in the third quarter and were down 33-19 at the half. East missed all six of their three-point attempts in the first half and were 1-for-10 from behind the arc. Third-seeded Cedar Falls extended the lead to 21 points after three quarters.

Sayvion Armstrong was the only East player in double figures, with 17 points. Javonte Keck added eight points. Senior Aidan Vanderloo came into the game averaging over 23 points per game, but was held to four points on 2-for-12 shooting from the field.

“Our shots weren’t falling,” said Armstrong. “I guess their defense was very good. They’re strong so it’s harder to get by people that are athletic and bigger than you but our shots weren’t falling.”

“Making it to the state tournament is a huge deal and sometimes I think our kids might not understand how big it is, but it’s big,” said Head Coach Ras Vanderloo. “There’s a lot of kids that would love to be here that aren’t here. Didn’t end the way we wanted to but at the end of the day I’m happy as can be. Not happy with the outcome but happy with the season.”

Cedar Falls will play in the semifinals on Thursday on 6:30 pm. East finishes the season at 21-2.

Brad Pautsch

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