The PCM Mustangs handed Pella Christian a loss for the second time this season on Monday night. In the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament, #1 PCM got all they could handle in the first half from #8 Pella Christian as heard on 92.1 FM KRLS.
The Eagles jumped out to an early six point lead behind a pair of threes from Curtis Rozenboom. Pella Christian would lead, or at least hold a tie until PCM’s Andrew McCarthy, who was subbed in for a foul-troubled Scott Bruxvoort, hit a jump shot with 3 seconds left in the half. McCarthy scored 6 key-points in 7 minutes as Bruxvoort was on the pine. PCM would take their first lead of the game heading into the locker room at 27-26.
Chase Carlson, Curtis Rozenboom and Kyle Nikkel played a big part in the Eagles strong first half.
PCM’s Scott Bruxvoort had the first 8 field goals in the second half, putting his team ahead, as it turned out to be, for good. The Mustangs outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the 3rd quarter.
PCM’s lead grew to as much as 19 during the 4th quarter, as Josh Fosenburg and Dillon Bruxvoort got into the scoring action. In the end, the whole was too big for Pella Christian and PCM saw their undefeated record stay intact as they went on to win 63-51.
Chase Carlson had a team-high 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds for the Eagles. Kyle Nikkel pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds and scored a dozen while blocking 4 shots. Curtis Rozenboom also had 12 in the form of 4 three-pointers. Sam Tvedt had 6 points and Alex Branderhorst had 4.
PCM’s Scott Bruxvoort had a game-high 29 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Fosenburg added 14 and 7. Andrew McCarthy scored 7 points in just 7 minutes, Dillon Bruxvoort notched 6 points, Sean O’Connor had 3, Hutch Burns and Nate Vande Wall each had 2.
With the win, PCM heads to the semi-finals to play Western Christian on Thursday at 2 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. Western Christian put a late run together of their own against Treynor earlier in the night. Once down 26-21, Western ended the game on a 25-0 run.
You can hear PCM and Western Christian on 92.1 FM KRLS Thursday with the pregame at 1:40PM. Eric Grillaert and Wynne Veenstra will have the call.
Pella Christian ends their season with a record of 20-6.