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Iowa Western wins in semifinals

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Down another man, the Iowa Western men’s basketball team on Wednesday found timely production deep in its bench.

Of the Reivers who have seen court time this season, Alex Peacock entered with the ninth-best scoring average (5.6) and Andre Harris had the 12th-best (3.2).

That duo scored all of Iowa Western’s points during a 16-2 burst that turned a 46-all contest into a 62-48 lead with 8:50 remaining. The second-seeded Reivers went on to post a 76-57 Region XI semifinal victory over third-seeded Southeastern at Kanesville Arena.

“I thought the bench was the key part of it,’’ Iowa Western coach Jim Morris said. “If you look out there, three of those guys that played a lot of that (run) don’t start for us. Peacock shot it well, and Andre Harris was really good.’’

The victory sends No. 15 Iowa Western (25-5) to No. 6 Indian Hills (28-3) for Saturday’s 7 p.m. Region XI championship game. The winner will get to host the district title game on March 3 for the automatic berth to the juco national tournament March 14-19 in Hutchinson, Kansas. If it doesn’t earn the automatic berth, the Reivers would have a chance at an at-large berth to nationals, depending on the outcomes of other games.

Iowa Western is still in contention for that automatic berth because of an inspired second-half effort in the absence of leading scorer Andre Wallace (13.4). The Reivers have also been without Iowa State commitment Donovan Jackson, who broke his wrist in mid-January.

Wallace, a 6-foot sophomore from Minneapolis, fell ill Tuesday and didn’t dress. Collin Weaver was among those picking up the slack. The 6-3 sophomore out of Glendale, Ariz., scored a game-high 18 points, hitting 7 of 13 from the field. He showed supreme confidence in all aspects of his game.

“Sometimes you just get in a rhythm, you just get in a flow and you can’t be stopped,’’ Weaver said. “That’s the way it feels.’’

Said Morris: “He always plays with a tremendous amount of energy, but he was really ready to go tonight.’’

Donte Williams’ 3 pulled Southeastern (21-10) even at 46 with 13:10 to play, capping a 7-0 run. But then Harris, a 6-3 freshman out of Sioux City East, and Peacock, a 6-5 freshman from Bloomington, Ill., took over. They both hit a pair of 3-pointers during the 16-2 spurt, with Harris adding a floater and Peacock a tip-in.

Southeastern failed to get closer than 10 the rest of the way. The Blackhawks, who were without leading scorer and rebounder Sam McDaniel for an undisclosed reason, finished 2 of 16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range and shot 32 percent on all field goals.

Isaiah Walton added 14 for the winners and Marquel Beasley had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Iowa Western snapped Indian Hills’ 21-game win streak 88-79 at Ottumwa on Feb. 13. Wallace scored a game-high 28 in the win.

“The way we came out, I think that we kind of shook them,’’ Weaver said. “They’ll be ready to play and we’ll be ready to play.’’

It was back to practice for at least two more days for Morris, who announced prior to the season that this will be his last. He’s led the program for 21 years and been in coaching for 39. Morris knows he has at least one more game with his team, but this is the time of year to get greedy.

“Hopefully more than that,’’ he said.

Southeastern (21-10) .......................................... 31 26 – 57

Iowa Western (25-5) ........................................... 38 38 – 76

S: Isiah Graves 4-13 2-2 11, Treyvond Massenburg 1-5 0-0 2, Anthony Goss 4-11 1-3 9, Briheam Anthony 3-13 2-2 8, Don Henderson 2-6 1-2 5, Chris Myers 1-4 0-0 2, Maceo Baston 2-7 0-0 4, Keegan Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Donte Williams 2-6 0-0 5, Rob Harris 5-7 1-2 11, Leonardo Oliveira 0-1 0-0 0, Carl Lane 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-75 7-11 57.

IW: Donovan Walker 1-8 2-2 4, Isaiah Walton 5-12 2-2 14, Marquel Beasley 4-6 2-2 10, Collin Weaver 7-13 2-2 18, Thik Bol 4-8 1-2 9, Mitch Moran 0-0 0-0 0, Andre Harris 4-6 0-0 11, Alex Peacock 3-3 0-0 8, Dominique Bell 0-0 0-0 0, Keondre’ Byers 0-1 0-0 0, De’Quon Lake 1-2 0-0 2, Moussa Diomande 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-59 9-10 76.

3-point goals: S 2-16 (Graves 1-3, Williams 1-4, Goss 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Baston 0-1, Moore 0-1, Oliveira 0-1, Anthony 0-4), IW 9-19 (Harris 3-5, Peacock 2-2, Walton 2-4, Weaver 2-5, Byers 0-1, Walker 0-2). Total fouls: S 13, IW 14. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. Rebounds: S 40 (Massenburg 8), IW 44 (Lake 9). Assists: S 5 (Anthony 3), IW 14 (Walker 4). Steals: S 7 (Goss 4), IW 1 (Weaver). Blocks: S 2 (Massenburg, Goss), IW 8 (Beasley 3). Turnovers: S 6, IW 13.

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