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Posted February 24, 2014
Xavier does the expected, puts away Vinton-Shellsburg early

CEDAR RAPIDS – Ten seconds, and this one was over.

That’s not an exaggeration. Adam McDermott hit a shot, stole the inbounds pass and made a layup.

Ten seconds in, and Cedar Rapids Xavier led, 4-0. Any thought about the Saints overlooking a team everyone knew they were superior to was gone.

Zero chance at an upset.

“That got us off to a great start,” McDermott said after a 64-32 doubling of Vinton-Shellsburg in a Class 3A district semifinal Monday night at Ron Thillen Gymnasium. “We wanted to push the tempo and play great defense. Focus more on the defensive end.”

Coach Ryan Luehrsmann didn’t give his team an opportunity to overlook its opponent, which is why it employed a full-court press from the get go. It wasn’t always pretty for the Saints (14-8), but it was more than enough to move on to a district final Thursday night at Linn-Mar against Marion.

Vinton-Shellsburg ended its season 6-15. The Vikings had 21 turnovers and shot just 30 percent from the field, including going 1 of 13 from distance.

“We didn’t pay attention to (the records) at all,” said Xavier’s Calvin Winker. “We just focused. We knew we had to go out and get the win. Focus on the next play every time. Have our defense ready. We came to play.”

Winker and McDermott again provided the 1-2 offensive punch for Xavier, finishing with 18 and 15 points, respectively. It was a blast watching them get out on the fast break and finish.

But other guys played well, too. Specifically senior guard Andrew Bisenius, who hit a trio of treys in an 11-point night.

“It was because of my teammates,” he said. “They’re all very talented, and (defenses) focus on them. That’s why I had the open shot tonight.”

Bisenius agreed that his team had the focus it needed. Xavier, of course, played a 4A-heavy schedule in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

“We just had to compete against ourselves,” he said. “We wanted to do what we were capable of doing.”

Nolan Sagan finished a fine senior season with 15 points for Vinton-Shellsburg, which graduated almost every significant member from last season’s state tournament qualifier.

Speaking of qualifying for the state tournament, Xavier needs two more wins to do so.

“The coaches have told us to take it one game at a time, and that’s what we’re going to do,” promised McDermott.

AT C.R. XAVIER

VINTON-SHELLSBURG (32): Grant Sagan 5-9 5-7 15, Tanner Spies 1-4 2-2 4, Derek Dinderman 3-5 0-0- 6, Austin Bohnsack 1-4 0-0 3, Chase Overton 1-5 0-0 2, Wyatt Meyer 0-4 0-0 0, Griffin Williams 0-2 0-1 0, Dylan Rippel 0-2 0-0 0, Luke Moen 0-3 0-0 0, Ben Hyland 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Freeman 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 12-40 7-12 32.

C.R. XAVIER (64): Calvin Winker 5-8 6-7 18, Matt Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, Adam McDermott 6-13 3-4 15, Mitchell Burger 2-4 1-2 6, Andrew Bisenius 4-8 0-0 11, Frank Hill 1-5 0-0 2, Connor Ramlo 2-4 0-0 4, Joe Welch 1-3 0-0 2, Matt Downey 1-3 0-0 2, Michael Biermann 0-0 0-0 0, A.J. Brems 1-3 0-0 2, Blake Klosterman 0-1 0-0 0, John Peters 0-0 2-2 2, Noah Clasen 0-1 0-0 0, Louie Hasley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 12-15 64.

Halftime – Xavier 35, Vinton-Shellsburg 18. 3-point goals – Vinton-Shellsburg 1-13 (Dinderman 0-2, Bohnsack 1-2, Overton 0-3, Meyer 0-4, Rippel 0-1, Hyland 0-1), Xavier 4-24 (Winker 0-1, McDermott 0-5, Burger 1-2, Bisenius 3-5, Hill 0-3, Welch 0-1, Downey 0-2, Brems 0-2, Klosterman 0-1, Clasen 0-1, Hasley 0-1). Rebounds – Vinton-Shellsburg 30 (Sagan 9), Xavier 31 (McDermott 6). Total fouls – Vinton-Shellsburg 9, Xavier 16. Fouled out – None. Turnovers – Vinton-Shellsburg 21, Xavier 4.

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