Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012

Late three-pointer stops Cedar’s title run

WAYNE  – Devin West lined up just behind the arc on the left key of the Rice Arena floor and calmly waited for the play to develop.
A teammate then dished him the ball and he fired it at the basket, swishing it through the hoop to give Pierce a 41-39 upset win over Cedar Catholic in the MidStates semifinals.The loss drops Cedar to 12-3 on the year, while Pierce improved to 10-6.

“On the last play of the game, we were trying to foul to make them reset and get a timeout.  The strategy backfired on us a little because the ref didn’t call the foul.  I think our kids were expecting the whistle and let up just a little, West got open in the corner and the rest is history,” Cedar Coach Matt Steffen said.
Defense dominated the contest from the outset as neither team was willing to give the other squad a good look at the basket.
Pierce forced the Trojans to make three turnovers before  Cedar was finally able to get on the board with a Kyle Klug drive up the lane with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
Cedar missed its next two shots at the basket and clanged a pair of freethrows off the glass before James Kaiser drilled an eight-foot jumper to give Cedar a 4-4 tie with Pierce with just over three minutes left in the frame.
West and Kaiser then traded treys, knotting the score at 7-7. Zach Steffen then hit a jumper and Kaiser collected a steal, but was fouled on the layup. He then sank both charity shots to  give the Trojans an 11-7 lead with :11 left. Pierce regained the lead just ahead of the buzzer, though, when Eddie Francois hauled in a pass under the basket and lobbed it in for the buzzer-beater to give the Jays a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Kyle Klug opened the second quarter with a three-point bomb, but that proved to be the biggest play of the frame as defense again dominated, as the two teams were only able to put in eight points apiece.
“Pierce is always tough on defense and points are difficult to come by against them,” Coach Steffen said.
Trevor Hamilton and Logan Weinandt baskets gave Cedar a 4-0 run to open the second half. The two teams then traded baskets evenly.
The Trojans tried to break it open from the perimeter, but their long-distance shooting was off the mark as they missed five three-point attempts in the frame. For the night, Cedar was just 3-12 from long distance, while Pierce made good on 7-18.
“I think we got Pierce’s best shot and they shot the deep ball better than they normally do,” Steffen said.
Cedar had its chances to claim the win in the final minutes but couldn’t connect on its charity shots.
“We just didn’t make enough free throws to win the game,” Steffen said.  “The fact that we shot 14 free throws compared to none for them tells me we were the more aggressive team, we just couldn’t overcome the eight 3 pointers they made.”

Pierce    12          8      8    13 – 41
Cedar    11          8      9    11 – 39

Cedar      Pierce
FG    15-33        17-35
FT    6-14        0-0
3PT    3-12        7-18
Reb    23            19
TOs    11            12
Fouls     8            12

Cedar – James Kaiser, 10; Zach Steffen, 7; Kyle Klug, 7; Logan Weinandt, 5; Trevor Hamilton, 4; Logan Feilmeier, 4; Matt Leise, 2. Pierce – Connor Reed, 14; Devin West, 9; Lane Rohrich, 6; Bronson Stonacek,  6; Eddie Francois, 4; Brandon Freeman, 2.
Cedar –  Logan Feilmeier, 5; Logan Weinandt, 4; Kyle Klug, 4; Zach Steffen, 4; Trevor Hamilton, 2; James Kaiser, 2; Grant Howell, 2. Pierce – Connor Reed, 4; Brandon Freeman, 4;  Bronson Stonacek, 3.
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 3; James Kaiser, 2; Logan Weinandt, 1; Kyle Klug, 2. Pierce – Lane Rohrich, 4; Austin Koolmoose, 2; Connor Reed, 1; Brandon Freeman, 1; Eddie Francoris, 1.
Cedar – Zach Steffen, 2; James Kaiser, 2; Logan Feilmeier, 1; Logan Weinandt, 1; Kyle Klug, 1. Pierce – Bronson Stonacek, 2; Lane Rohrich, 1.

Cedar had little trouble disposing of Battle Creek in the tourney opener, winning 69-46.

Cedar    23        9    23    14    — 69
Battle Creek    10        17    7    12 — 46

Cedar      Battle Creek
FG    28-50        19-43
FT    9-16        5-8
3PT    4-9        3-12
Reb    23            24
TOs    21            20
Fouls    13            13

Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 22; Kyle Klug, 15; James Kaiser, 8;  Logan Feilmeier, 6; Grant Howell, 6; Trevor Hamilton, 5; Zach Steffen, 3; Josh Anderson, 2; Mathew Leise, 2.
Cedar – Trevor Hamilton, 6; Logan Weinandt, 5; Grant Howell, 5; Zach Steffen, 4; Mathew Leise, 3; Kyle Klug, 2; Taylor Kathol, 2; James Kaiser, 1; Logan Feilmeier, 1.
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 3; Zach Steffen, 3; Kyle Klug, 3; Trevor Hamilton, 1; Taylor Kathol, 1.
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 3; Trevor Hamilton, 2; Kyle Klug, 2; James Kaiser, 1; Zach Steffen, 1; Logan Weinandt, 1; Grant Howell, 1.

Cedar got off to a slow start in Monday’s third-place game against West Point GA.
West Point built a 14-11 first quarter lead and led 26-19 late in the second quarter. Cedar Coach Matt Steffen called a time-out to regroup and the Trojans finished out the second quarter with an 11-0 run to stake themselves to a 30-26 first-half lead.
”We came out and weren’t real motivated,” Coach Steffen said. “That time-out kind of got them motivated.”
The two teams traded baskets to open the second half, but Cedar then took control,  outscoring West Point 19-2 to close out the frame.
Cedar coasted in the fourth quarter as Steffen cleared his bench.
Cedar            11    19    24    9 – 63
WP            14    12    7    4 — 37

Cedar – James Kaiser, 15; Zach Steffen, 11; Trevor Hamilton, 11; Logan Weinandt, 10; Kyle Klug,  8;  Pat Wieseler, 4; Grant Howell, 2; Logan Feilmeier, 2. WPGA – Anthony Guenther, 10; Johnny Guenther, 7; Jacob Bracht, 7.