A near-flawless second half sparked Cedar Rapids Xavier to a victory over Mount Pleasant in the Class 3A quarterfinals of the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament Tuesday afternoon (March 7, 2017).

The Saints (14-11) turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 59-44 victory by making 14 of 18 shots over the final 16 minutes of play. The win moved the defending state champions into the semifinals for the third-straight year.

Xavier trailed 21-13 at the 6-minute, nine-second mark of the second quarter. The Saints outscored Mount Pleasant 9-2 the rest of the half, cutting the deficit to 23-22 at intermission.

The defending champs took control of the game in the third quarter. Xavier started the period with a 16-6 run and owned a 38-29 advantage at the 3:03 mark. The Saints coasted from there, taking a 45-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

Three starters scored in double-figures for Xavier, which was led by Max Techau's game-high 20 points. Brady Sartorius tallied 19 points for Mount Pleasant (22-3).

The Saints next play top-seeded Waverly-Shell Rock in the semifinals at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday (March 9). The Go-Hawks beat Xavier, 76-54, during the regular-season.



Mount Pleasant vs Xavier, Cedar Rapids
03/07/17 3:45pm at IOWA BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT - 3A QUARTER

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VISITORS: Mount Pleasant 22-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Mulford, Colin...... *  0-2    0-2    0-0    0  3  3   0   0  0  0  0  0  24
10 Sartorius, Brady.... *  7-17   1-5    4-4    0  0  0   0  19  0  1  0  0  32
12 Magnani, Jordan..... *  3-9    0-2    2-2    0  1  1   2   8  1  5  0  1  31
24 Kohorst, Kieran..... *  2-5    0-0    2-2    3  3  6   4   6  2  2  0  0  30
44 O'Connor, Tom....... *  4-7    0-0    2-3    1  9 10   1  10  0  1  1  0  23
01 Johnson, Tucker.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   1
02 Kelly, Payton.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
04 Kohorst, Keegan.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
05 Ashton, Maison......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
14 McGhghy, Brody......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
20 Ita, Jonathan.......    0-2    0-1    0-0    2  1  3   2   0  0  0  0  0  15
23 Zeglen, Rhett.......    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   0   1  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   16-43   1-10  11-13   8 17 25   9  44  3  9  1  2 160

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-23 34.8%   2nd Half:  8-20 40.0%   Game: 37.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  0-4   0.0%   Game: 10.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-7  85.7%   2nd Half:  5-6  83.3%   Game: 84.6%    1


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HOME TEAM: Xavier, Cedar Rapids 14-11
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Mims, Matthew....... *  6-10   0-2    5-5    0  1  1   0  17  6  0  0  2  31
11 Butkhowski, Nolan... *  1-5    1-4    1-2    0  7  7   0   4  7  0  0  0  31
14 Joens, Jackson...... *  4-6    1-2    1-2    1  3  4   2  10  0  0  0  0  28
22 Schulte, Quinn...... *  2-4    1-1    0-0    1  1  2   2   5  3  1  0  0  31
32 Techau, Max......... *  9-14   0-1    2-2    0  7  7   3  20  0  3  2  0  28
04 Lux, Gabe...........    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  0  0  0  0   5
20 Dempewolf, Spencer..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
23 Bartels, Aaron......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
24 Hines, Jacob........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
30 Moeder, Kyle........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
33 Johnson, Max........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  0  0  0   1
34 Schulte, Bryce......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   23-41   4-11   9-11   2 20 22   9  59 16  4  2  2 160

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-23 39.1%   2nd Half: 14-18 77.8%   Game: 56.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-8  25.0%   2nd Half:  2-3  66.7%   Game: 36.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 81.8%    1


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Officials: Cory Burkle, Joseph Gatto, Rollie Wiebers
Technical fouls: Mount Pleasant-None. Xavier, Cedar Rapids-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd  3rd  4th   Total
Mount Pleasant................   18    5   12    9  -   44
Xavier, Cedar Rapids..........   13    9   23   14  -   59

Points in the paint-MTPLEA 20,XAVIER 28. Points off turnovers-MTPLEA 3,XAVIER 12.
2nd chance points-MTPLEA 7,XAVIER 2. Fast break points-MTPLEA 0,XAVIER 4.
Bench points-MTPLEA 1,XAVIER 3. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-5 times.
Last FG-MTPLEA 4th-02:05, XAVIER 4th-02:14.
Largest lead-MTPLEA by 8 2nd-06:09, XAVIER by 18 4th-01:14.