4A semifinal: Linn-Mar vs. Bettendorf

We’re on track to begin on time, at 3:15 p.m.

The winner plays Harrison Barnes and No. 1 Ames in the championship game at 8:05 p.m. Saturday.

Barnes scored 23 points and Doug McDermott added 11 as Ames handled Johnston, 52-39.

I see the IHSSN, for the second year in a row, is not televising the semis.  This is one place to keep up, especially if you’re outside the signal range of KGYM (1600-AM).

2:50 p.m. — Tip minus 25 minutes. Starters for Bettendorf (21-3): Murray, Bergman, Nedelcoff, Dexter, VanDeest. Starters for Linn-Mar (22-2): Paige, Crawford, Roth, M. Bohannon, Z. Bohannon.

2:51 p.m. — Linn-Mar beat the Bulldogs 53-44 in the first weekend of the season. Here’s my story from the Dec. 6 game.

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MARION — Zach Bohannon’s first 3-pointer was a momentum-shifter. His second was a dagger.
Bohannon accumulated 17 points and nine rebounds as Linn-Mar claimed its second Mississippi Athletic Conference victim in two days, defeating Bettendorf, 53-44, in boys’ basketball last night at Linn-Mar High School.
“It’s a great start for us,” said Lions Coach Chris Robertson. “We’ve beaten two good teams, including one on the road.”
Linn-Mar (2-0) beat Davenport Central on Friday.
“There’s always work to be done,” Bohannon said. “We’re still nowhere close to where we want to be.”
Bettendorf (1-1) cut an 11-point deficit to 34-30 in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Bohannon received a pass near midcourt, then dribbled, faked and swished a 25-footer at the buzzer to restore the lead to seven.
“That shot was huge, for momentum as much as anything,” Robertson said.
Bohannon said, “I wanted the ball in my hands. The guys trusted me and gave me the ball, I threw something up and I guess I got kind of lucky.”
The Lions converted a five-point possession from two youngsters to open the fourth-quarter scoring — sophomore Matt Bohann on nailed a 3-pointer while the Bulldogs committed a foul away from the ball, then freshman Marcus Paige hit a 15-footer to make it 42-30.
Zach Bohannon hit another trey to give the Lions their biggest lead, 49-34, with 3:20 to go.
Nate Hutcheson and Matt Bohannon added 10 points apiece for the Lions. Paige scored eight, all in the second half.
A night after getting beat by Central on the glass, Linn-Mar worked to a 34-23 rebounding advantage.
“That was the No. 1 key for us,” Zach Bohannon said. “We got on the boards early and stuck with it.”
Linn-Mar opens Mississippi Valley Conference play Friday at Dubuque Senior.

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3:13 p.m. — Intros. Nate Hutcheson got the loudest ovation of the Linn-Mar non-starters. He’s in a great sweatsuit.

3:16 p.m. — Z Bohannon makes steal off loose ball after tip. Layup. LM 2-0.

3:18 p.m. — Van Deest inside. 2-2.

3:19 p.m. — Murray baseline jumper. Bett 4-2.

3:20 p.m. — Dexter on give and go; Paige on a drive. 6-4 Bett.

3:21 p.m. — Nedelcoff 2 FTs. 8-4. 4 Bett players have scored.

3:21 p.m. — Paige drive. 8-6 Bett.

3:21 p.m. — Van Deest inside, then Paige 3. 10-9. Dexter scores, then Roth on a drive. 12-11.

3:23 p.m. — Crawford left corner 13-12 LM. Dexter putback gives Bett the lead back. Timeout LM. 1:41 1s

3:25 p.m. — Z. Bohannon inside. LM 15-14, end of 1.

3:27 p.m. — Chuck Schoffner’s sharing his trail mix.

3:28 p.m. — Roth inside. LM 17-14 … biggest lead of game.

3:29 p.m. — Benton jumper, 19-14.

3:30 p.m. — Van Deest scores, then Henton for LM. 21-16.

3:30 p.m. — Tonneson score and foul. Miss FT. 21-18.

3:31 p.m. — Bergman gets Bett within 1. More trail mix. Nedelcoff for 3. Bett 23-21. Putback for Henton. 23-23.

3:34 p.m. — Timeout on the floor. 23-23, 3:42 2nd.

3:36 p.m. — Dexter drives the lane and slams it. 25-23 Bett.

3:37 p.m. — Z Bohannon FTs. Good, Good. 25-25.

3:38 p.m. — Dexter 3 fouls.

3:39 p.m. — Murray 2 straight baskets, acrobatic lefty drive, then steal and layup. Roth FTs: No good. Good. Bett 29-26.

3:41 p.m. — Half. Bett 29-26. Bulldogs shooting 54 pct from the field, LM 46 pct. Dexter leads all scorers with 8. Lots of guys with 6.

3:52 p.m. — Ready to resume.

3:53 p.m. — Lob to Dexter, for the bucket. 31-26.

3:54 p.m. — Z Bohannon on spin. Van Deest counters. Paige from the baseline.  33-30.

3:55 p.m. — Van Deest FTs: Good. Good. 35-30.

3:56 p.m. — Z Bohannon score and foul 35-33.

3:59 p.m. — Dexter FTs. No good. Good. 36-33.

4:00 p.m. — Roth from Z Bohannon. 36-35 Bett.

4:02 p.m. — M Bohannon on drive, give LM the lead 37-36. Van Deest charge, his 3rd. LM crowd gets loud. Timeout Bett.

4:03 p.m. — Paige on a nice move down low. Murray gets caught in the air, throws it  up and in. 39-38.

4:06 p.m. — Z Bohannon putback 41-38 LM.

4:07 p.m. — Van Deest inside. 41-40.

4:08 p.m. — Nedelcoff 3 at horn. Bett 43-41. 8 miuntes to go.

4:10 p.m. — Van Deest 2 FTs. 45-41.

4:11 p.m. — Paige 2 FTS. 45-43. 7:35 left.

4:12 p.m. — Paige steal, dish to Z Bohannon. 45-all.

4:13 p.m. — Bergman FTs: Good. No. Jump to LM. Bett 46-45.

4:14 p.m. — 4 fouls on Murray. Henton FT: No. Foul on Z Bohannon (4th). Van Deest FT: No.

4:16 p.m. — Henton FTs: Good. No. 46-46.

4:16 p.m. — Van Deest FT: No.

4:17 p.m. — Timeout LM (30). 5:45 to go. 46-46.

4:18 p.m. — Weird charging call on Z Bohannon. He’ll sit.

4:19 p.m. — Van Deest baseline drive. Van Deest score and foul. 51-46. 3:56 left.

4:21 p.m. — Paige FTs: 2-2. 51-48. Bergman in transition, 53-48.

4:22 p.m. — M Bohannon FTs: 2-2. 53-50.

4:25 p.m. — Sawyer FTs: 2-2. 55-50. 3:01 left.

4:26 p.m. — Paige for 3 55-53. “He’s a freshman.” He has 17. 2:50 left.

4:28 p.m. — Van Deest FTs: 2-2. 57-53. 2:08.

4:29 p.m. — Paige score and foul. And one. 57-56.

4:30 p.m. — Tonneson FT: Back rim. Front rim. 0-2.

4:31 p.m. — Paige FTs: Swish. Swish. 58-57 LM. 1:23 left.

4:32 p.m. — Posts get a steal. Time LM, 0:53.7 left.

4:34 p.m. — Murray fouls out. M Bohannon 2 FTs: Good. Good. 60-57.

4:35 p.m. — Van Deest inside. 60-59. Steal, then miss. Henton FTs: Good. No. 61-59, 0:23. Time, Bett, 0:16.

4:38 p.m. — Roth 5 fouls. Van Deest FTs: Good. No. Henton rebound.

4:39 p.m. — Henton FTs. Yes, yes. 63-60 … Tonneson misses long 3. LM wins 63-60.

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