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Dutch put on shooting display in cruising past Tigers

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Few basketball strategists could have come up with the right plan to guard MOC-Floyd Valley in Monday’s Class 3-A Substate 1 final.

The fourth-ranked Dutch showcased a dominant and efficient effort on both sides of the ball in an 81-29 landslide victory over unranked Carroll.

On offense, the Dutch shot 61 percent from the field (29 of 47) and made 15 of 20 3-pointers (75 percent). They also assisted on 23 of their 29 made field goals.

Defensively, MOC-Floyd Valley limited the Tigers to 10 second-half points. The Tigers entered with 219 3-pointers — the state’s best in 3-A — but they failed to get their perimeter offense going, converting 3 of 26 shots from beyond the arc.

“They stroked it extremely well,” Carroll coach Chris Molinsky said. “They put on a clinic, both offensively and defensively. They did everything right. There wasn’t much we could do to counter them.”

It was a thorough display of dominance from the Dutch, who will be making their eighth state appearance and fifth in the last six years.

MOC-Floyd Valley earns the No. 4 seed at next week’s 3-A state tournament and will face fifth-seeded Dubuque-Wahlert (19-5) March 8 at 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Although MOC-Floyd Valley could do little wrong from the perimeter Monday, that hadn’t been the case in recent weeks.

“We hadn’t been shooting well at all from the 3-point line, so it was big because they were going to try to take away the paint, and hitting the 3s certainly opened things up,” MOC-Floyd Valley coach Loren De Jong said.

The MOC-Floyd Valley offense also featured plenty of balance. Christian Korver led three Dutch players in double figures with 16 points, Levi Jansen added 15 on 4-of-4 shooting, and Tate Arends finished with 12 on 4-of-4 shooting. Justin Te Grotenhuis (nine points) and Karsten Marker and Brady Schutt (eight each) also enjoyed productive games.

“We’ve got guys that play basketball and have a good IQ,” De Jong said. “They know and understand the game pretty well.

“Because we have multiple shooters, we were able to do that kind of thing. It also helps when we’ve got some things going in transition.”

The Dutch built a solid 36-19 advantage at the half, but they broke the game open to start the third with a 14-0 run. They outscored Carroll 47-10 in the last 17:39 of the game.

“We knew they were physical and very active,” Molinsky said. “We were trying to take away some things without helping a whole bunch and giving up easy looks. We were trying to guard them 1-on-1, and they were able to get off the dribble on us. We were helping, and they were kicking out and getting set-shot 3s. Guys like them can shoot that at a high percentage.”

Dayton Ross paced the Tigers with 15 points, and Kolby Molinsky had seven. No other Carroll player finished with more than two.

It was a sour ending to what was turning into a promising postseason. After a tough start to the season, the Tigers (9-15) earned a convincing victory over Greene County in their district opener before upsetting No. 5 Harlan in last week’s district finals to earn their way to Monday’s substate round.

Seniors Andrew Boell, Ben Tidgren, Matthew Pauk, Chris Onken and Tanner White played their final prep games.

“We can’t hang our heads,” Molinsky said. “Beating Harlan was monumental for us after the slow start we had to the year. The last couple weeks, we played pretty decently. For us, we walk out of here with our heads high, proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

MOC-Floyd Valley (21-3).....15 21 26 19—81

Carroll (9-15)............................ 7 12 6 4—29

MFV: Justin Te Grotenhuis 3-3 0-0 9, Karsten Marker 3-10 2-2 8, Jaaron Paugh 2-2 0-0 4, Levi Jansen 4-4 4-4 15, Christian Korver 5-11 2-2 16, Brady Schutt 4-4 0-2 8, Bryce Bomgaars 2-4 0-0 4, Dillon Carlson 1-3 0-0 3, Tate Arends 4-4 0-0 12, Nathaniel Gohman 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell Keady 0-0 0-0 0, Trenton De Haan 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-47 8-10 81.

C: Kolby Molinsky 2-10 2-2 7, Dayton Ross 6-11 1-2 15, Matthew Pauk 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner White 0-6 0-0 0, Austin Schirck 0-1 1-2 1, Cooper Ross 0-4 0-0 0, Chris Onken 1-4 0-0 2, Zach Promes 1-2 0-0 2, Ben Tidgren 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Jeschke 0-2 0-0 0, Soren Jensen 1-2 0-0 2, Peyton Raymond 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Mohr 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-44 4-6 29.

3-point goals: MFV 15-20 (Arends 4-4, Korver 4-7, Te. Grotenhuis 3-3, Jansen 3-3, Carlson 1-3), C 3-26 (Ross 2-4, Molinsky 1-6, Pauk 0-1, Jensen 0-1, Ross 0-3, Onken 0-3, Promes 0-1, Jeschke 0-2, White 0-4, Mohr 0-1). Rebounds: MFV 34 (Schutt 7), C 19 (Ross 5). Assists: MFV 23 (Jansen 6). Steals: MFV 6 (Jansen 3), C 2 (Molinsky, Ross). Blocks: MFV 1 (Jansen), C 1 (Schirck). Turnovers: MFV 8, C 11.

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