Bulldogs stay perfect, reach Iowa 4A title tilt


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Posted Online: March 08, 2013, 7:56 pm
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DES MOINES – When they needed him the most, Kendall Jacks stepped up for the Bettendorf High School boys basketball team on Friday.

In the first Class 4A state semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena, Jacks scored the final seven points of the game as the Bulldogs rallied for a 39-36 victory over Cedar Falls. In fact, Jacks scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Bulldogs.

The top-seeded and 25-0 Bulldogs will now play for their third state title tonight at 8, taking on No. 2 Iowa City West, which is also 25-0. The Trojans knocked off Dubuque Senior 52-36 in Friday's second semifinal.

In the low-scoring affair, Cedar Falls (20-5) took a 36-32 lead with 4:19 left when Kalehl Brown (game-high 16 points) finished a fast-break layup.

From there, it was all Bettendorf and Jacks. The 6-foot-3 junior converted an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the 'Dogs within 36-35 with 1:58 left. After a Cedar Falls turnover, he then scored on a nice curl to the basket on an out-of-bounds play, taking Cole Clearman's feed with :42 left.

CF's Brown then missed in the paint with :12 left and Jacks was fouled as he grabbed his eighth rebound. With :06 remaining, Jacks, rolled in both free throws and the Tigers' last-second trey to tie fell well short.

Clearman finished with 10 points for Bettendorf and Dylan Sortillo had seven. The 'Dogs, who shot just 37.8 percent from the field (14-37), had just six players score, with only three points coming from reserves.

This title-game appearance is just Bettendorf's fourth in school history. The 'Dogs beat Burlington 69-49 for the 1986 Class 3A crown and Marion Linn-Marr 81-60 for the 2005 Class 4A title. BHS dropped a 61-41 decision to Linn-Marr in the 2007 title tilt.





BASKETBALL
Iowa Class 4A state semifinals
Bettendorf 39, Cedar Falls 36
CEDAR FALS (20-5)
Boettger 3-9 2-3 3 5 8, Harvey 1-2 0-0 3 2 2, Johnson 1-1 2-2 2 1 4, Klhl.Brown 7-11 1-1 2 2 16, Klnd. Brown 3-7 0-0 0 3 6, Bardal 0-1 0-0 0 0 0, Deines 0-0 0-0 1 0 0. Team rebounds 3. Totals 15-31 5-6 11 16 36.
BETTENDORF (25-0)
Jacks 5-9 5-7 3 8 15, Klabunde 0-2 2-2 1 3 2, Baer 1-7, 0-0 1 1 2, Sortillo 3-3 0-0 0 2 7, Clearman 4-13 0-0 2 1 10, Tubbs 1-3 1-1 2 5 3, Buhman 0-0 0-0 1 0 0, Lintz 0-0 0-0 1 0 0. Team rebounds 2. Totals 14-37 8-10 11 22 39.
Cedar Falls 4 10 16 6--36
Bettendorf 11 6 12 10--39
3s: CF 1-7 (Klhl. Brown 1-2, Klnd. Brown 0-1, Bardal 0-1, Boettger 0-3); BHS 3-6 (Clearman 2-5, Sortillo 1-1). Assists: CF 8 (Klnd. Brown 3); BHS 3 (Clearman 2).
Turnovers: CF 8, BHS 5. Blocks: CF 3 (Klhl. Brown 3). Steals: CF 2 (Klhl. Brown, Johnson); BHS 5 (five with one each).







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