Cyclone men hold on against Wapsie Valley 57-51
By Sean Kiefer
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After a Denver ladies’ win in a prelude to the men’s basketball game, the Wapsie Valley Warriors were hoping to turn their night around with a win. It seemed this game would be in favor of Denver, and it followed the trend at first.

However, as the tension and hype rose in the Cyclone Center gym, so did the play on the court. Both teams were playing with an aggressive passion to beat their rival, but, in the end, Denver survived a late Warrior comeback and won 57-51.

To start the game, the Warriors and Cyclones kept similar paces and stayed neck and neck with each other. Isaac Besh led the Cyclones in scoring during the first quarter and helped keep the Cyclones ahead. The Warriors used their height, mostly Kiks Rosengarten, to score in the paint in the first quarter.

Into the second quarter, the Cyclones picked up momentum with Bryce Phelps, who started to find his groove in the game. As the quarter progressed, the Cyclones lead would increase from 2 to 11 by the end of the first half.

The second half kicked off with Denver keeping their same lead over the Warriors. Sophomores Caylor Hoffer, Connor Sheridan, and Mitchell Devries would all help the Cyclones keep themselves ahead of the Warriors. By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Cyclones were up 9 and in a good position heading into the final quarter.

To start the 4th quarter, Wapsie got off to a hot start with Blayde Bellis leading the way with several baskets. As the quarter progressed, the Cyclones lead gradually got smaller with Gunner Meyer adding some height help for the Warriors.

With less than 2 minutes to go, the Warriors were down 4, and about to catch the Cyclones. However, Bryce Phelps would clutch up and score the much-needed responses to Wapsie to seal their win over their rival 57-51.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone varsity boys’ basketball Head Coach Kyle Matthias, he said: “I know we gave up a lot tonight, but there were some tough shots and I was proud of our guys keeping their composure.”

He added, “We stagnated in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but we stayed steady and didn’t turn the ball over a whole lot.”
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