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Trojans cruise to substate final

CR Prairie no problem; West wins, 63-21
Devontae Lane put in two points early in the second period Feb. 28 at home against Cedar Rapids Prairie. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– The Little Hawks of City High will get a third shot at their crosstown rivals, the Trojans of West High, for the right to compete in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
The teams will meet Tuesday, March 4, in Cedar Rapids thanks to City disposing of Newton 64-50, while West wiped out Cedar Rapids Prairie 63-21 Friday, Feb. 28, in substate semifinal games. The Trojans have defeated the Little Hawks twice this season, 70-34 and 73-41.
Likewise, the Trojans schooled the Prairie Hawks in the art and science of basketball 87-40 back in January.
The education continued Friday as West led from the start, never trailed and never looked back. Wyatt Lohaus opened up for the Trojans with a 3-point shot followed by field goals from Chike Ukah, David DiLeo and Nick Gallagher coupled with a pair of free throws from Connor McCaffery for a 15-7 lead. Lohaus passed to brother Tanner, who scored to make it 19-11 while McCaffery scored at the buzzer for a 21-11 West High lead after one period of play.
Devontae Lane came in as West coach Steve Bergman began rotating off the bench early and went up for two points. Wali Parks, Wyatt Lohaus and McCaffery poured in the shots to build the lead to 30-11. Ukah, Adam Klein and McCaffery continued the rampage giving West a 39-12 lead at the half.
When play resumed, Ukah struck again with a field goal, DiLeo dropped in a pair from the charity stripe and Gallagher hit two-point gold for a 45-12 lead with just over five minutes left in the period. Ukah went to the line for two shots, made them, and triggered the continuous clock for the 35-point mercy rule. A Wyatt Lohaus basket made it 49-14, a DiLeo dunk nudged the Trojans to 51-14 while a Wali Park free throw finished the period with West comfortably ahead, 52-16.
The Trojans combined a balanced offense with points coming from both ends of the bench, with probably their best defensive effort thus far, limiting Prairie to only five points in the quarter.
Gallagher hit the Trojans’ second 3-pointer of the night to open the final eight minutes and soon after wholesale substitutions ensued for West. The final six minutes belonged to Marquise Yarbrough, Harley Shear, Malik Williams, Alex Henderson and Nick Spiess. Yarbrough, Shear and Spiess scored to round out the game.
Ukah led West with 14 points as the Trojans, with a dozen players scoring, improved to 19-3. The Prairie Hawks retired from the 2013-2014 season at 6-17.

From the scoring table:
Ukah led the Trojans with 14 points, McCaffery and DiLeo had eight points each, Wyatt Lohaus and Gallagher scored seven points apiece, Tanner Lohaus had a four-point night, as did Yarbrough. Parks put in three points while Klein, Lane, Spiess and Shear had two points each.
DiLeo and Ukah both had six rebounds, Wyatt Lohaus led in assists with seven on the night.