Denver boys drop two tough conference basketball games
The Denver boy’s basketball team started their three-game stretch hosting Dike at home on Feb. 9. Their first match-up was physical and this one proved to be the same.

The Cyclones took the early lead at the end of the first with an eight-point lead. Dike battled back, outscoring Denver 21-14 in the second thus giving the Cyclones a one-point lead at half time.

The score went back and forth, and the game was tied going into the fourth quarter. Caylor Hoffer led the Cyclones in scoring, hitting valuable 3-pointers when needed along with Kyler Matthias. With the Cyclones down by 2 going into the final seconds of the game, a missed scoring opportunity by the Cyclones gave Dike the ball. In the end, Dike claimed victory with a score of 69-65.

Hoffer led the Cyclones with 20 points followed by Matthias with 14. Scoring contributions were also made by Will Curtis – 10, Isaac Besh – 8, Bryce Phelps – 7, Hunter Shollenbarger – 4, and Mitchell DeVries – 2.

The Cyclones took to the road on Wednesday night to Aplington-Parkersburg. This was a rescheduled game due to weather. Denver, hoping to rebound from the previous night’s loss, fell behind early being outscored in the first. The Cyclones made adjustments in the second bringing in off-the-bench assistance from Mitchell DeVries, Hunter Shollenbarger, and Ethan Schoville. They were able to outscore the Falcons by one in the second going into halftime down by 3.

The Falcons took control of the game in the third outscoring the Cyclones and maintained their lead throughout the rest of the game. AP won 64-56.

Isaac Besh led the Cyclones with 18 followed by Kyler Matthias with 14. Scoring contributions were also made by Bryce Phelps – 12, Caylor Hoffer – 6, DeVries – 3, Shollenbarger – 2, and Will Curtis – 1.

Boys end regular season with a win

The Denver boys’ basketball team ended their regular season on the road to Jesup. The snowy weather did not stop the Cyclones from taking control of the game early. After losses the previous nights, Denver looked to regroup and bring home the final conference game of the season.

The Cyclone starters were on fire and led at half by 11. They extended the lead to 22 at the end of the third. They continued their dominance into the fourth as the starters retired for the night with four minutes remaining. The Cyclones ended their three-game stretch with a 68-46 victory.

Denver ended their regular season 17-5.

The Cyclones start post-season play on Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Cyclone Center against the first-round winner of Union/Sumner-Fredericksburg. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the IHSAA website.
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