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Canistota falls to Timber Lake

Canistota's Scott Jolley (24) attacks the basket against Timber Lake's Jackson Harrison on Saturday at the Class B state tournament at Wachs Arena. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

ABERDEEN—Canistota couldn't shake off a slow start on Saturday.

The Hawks dropped the consolation game against Timber Lake 64-52 on Saturday at the Class B state tournament at Wachs Arena.

Canistota trailed the entire game against the Panthers, who shot 51 percent from the field in the first half to spur a 33-25 halftime lead.

"They were ready to play," Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. "I don't want to say we were flat because I want to give them credit. Because they deserve credit. I thought they had a much better start to the basketball game."

Behind Brayden PayPay's 28 points, Timber Lake kept the Hawks at bay in the second half and worked with a double digit lead.

"We made light of the fact that we only scored 12 points in the first two halves that we played here," Timber Lake coach Cody Lawrence said. "So to come out and get a few more points in the first half was kind of nice."

Both teams were showing the effects of playing their third game in three days.

"Even their free throws were falling out and our shots were falling short and I thought there were a lot of kids on the floor in the fourth quarter that were running on fumes," Jolley said.

Canistota's Trey Ortman hit a 3-pointer to cut Timber Lake's lead to 58-48 with 4 minutes and 54 seconds left. The score was stuck on 58-48 for three minutes as both teams struggled to hit shots during the stretch.

"I kept looking up at the scoreboard and I was expecting a change," Canistota senior Scott Jolley said. "It just wasn't falling for us and we were playing hard on defense, got some turnovers and we just didn't capitalize like we needed to."

Connor Carlson netted 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Tyce Ortman added 10 points for the Hawks.

It was an evenly-matched contest, as both teams had a back to the basket post player, with 6-foot-3 Carlson battling 6-foot-3 Tucker Kraft down low.

"We assumed we would be able to play them straight up man where the last couple games we've had to do a lot more doubling," Lawrence said. "(Saturday) we tried not to double as much. Because we know how good their shooters were on the outside, but Carlson had a heck of a game on us and we should have doubled down quicker on him."

PayPay nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 11 total for the tournament. Tucker Kraft scored 14 points. Jackson Harrison added 11 for Timber Lake.

"Kraft had a big game," Pat Jolley said. "Of course Langford played zone against him (on Friday). I thought we did a pretty good job. Connor had his hands in his face and he hit some nice turn around shots on the baseline. He showed me some things (Saturday). He had a nice game and it didn't surprise me some of the shots PayPay was hitting. I expected that."

The Panthers, who had the best finish in school history and will return everybody, finished the season 20-4.

The Hawks finish their season 21-5 and will graduate Jolley, Carlson, Jordan Lee, Carson Roshone and Joe Nugteren.

"We've come a long ways and this group is growing and we've had young guys that have stepped up," Scott Jolley said. "It's really something we should be proud of."

Timber Lake 64, Canistota 52

Timber Lake (20-4): Taylor Goldade 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker Kraft 7-13 0-0 14, Brayden PayPay 10-19 4-8 28, Jackson Harrison 4-7 0-0 11, Beau DuBray 0-2 0-0 0, Hunter Schrempp 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Kraft 4-7 0-2 9, Trey Bollinger 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 26-51 4-11 64.

Canistota (21-5): Trey Ortman 3-13 0-1 7, Tyce Ortman 3-4 4-6 10, Jordan Lee 4-12 0-0 9, Chase Merrill 0-1 0-0 0, Carson Roshone 0-0 0-0 0, Scott Jolley 0-3 2-4 2, Jared Tieszen 1-4 0-0 2, Connor Carlson 10-18 2-2 22. Totals 21-55 8-13 52.

TL 19 35 49 64

C 14 25 39 52

3-pt FG:Timber Lake 8-19 (PayPay 4-10, Harrison 3-6, DuBray 0-1, Kraft 1-1, Bollinger 0-1), Canistota 2-14 (Ortman 1-7, Lee 1-3, Merrill 0-1, Jolley 0-2, Carlson 0-1). Rebounds: Timber Lake 31 (Kraft 9), Canistota 33 (Carlson 14). Fouls Timber Lake 15, Canistota 18. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Timber Lake 10 (Kraft 4), Canistota 13 (Jolley 7). Steals: Timber Lake 10 (PayPay 3, Kraft 3), Canistota 8 (Ortman 4). Blocked shots: Timber Lake 1 (Kraft 1), Canistota 1 (Ortman 1). Turnovers: Timber Lake 19, Canistota 20.