March 05, 2021

Big fourth quarter propels PCM boys to district win over W-G

Mustangs hit free throws in home victory over Hawks

MONROE — PCM’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t pull away from Woodward-Granger in the Class 2A District 12 semifinals until the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

The Mustangs trailed by two at halftime and the game was tied after three quarters but a big fourth quarter pushed the home team to a 42-29 postseason victory.

PCM won the game despite shooting just 36 percent from the floor and making only 3-of-21 from 3-point range. The Mustangs were 9-of-13 from the foul line.

Carson VandeLune and Andrew Mitchell both scored in double-figures to lead the Mustangs (11-10) and Durant Van Dyke grabbed 14 rebounds.

VandeLune had 12 points and three rebounds, Mitchell tallied 10 points and four boards and Van Dyke scored six points to go with his big night on the glass.

Gatlin Boell added nine points and August Stock scored three points.

Woodward-Granger (9-14) shot 27 percent from the floor, made 3-of-19 from 3-point range and hit 4-of-9 from the foul line. Brody Nardini led the Hawks with 10 points and seven boards.

PCM will play third-ranked Des Moines Christian (19-2) in the 2A District 12 final at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Pleasantville.

The Lions and Mustangs have played several common opponents. Des Moines Christian swept Earlham (66-41 and 57-52), downed Pella Christian (44-41), defeated Pella (77-71) and beat Nevada (64-55).

Des Moines Christian also downed Woodward-Granger 67-35.