Xavier beats Sergeant Bluff-Luton for 3A title

DES MOINES (AP) — Matthew Mims scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket with less than a minute to play, and Cedar Rapids Xavier beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54-49 Saturday night to win its second straight Class 3A state championship.

Mims' driving layup with 42 seconds remaining brought the final lead change in a well-played back-and-forth game between two teams toughened by facing many larger schools during the season.

Nolan Butkowski and Max Techau each scored 12 points for Xavier (16-11), which twice led by five points before Sergeant Bluff-Luton rallied. Jackson Joens scored 11 for the Saints, including three early 3-pointers.

Jackson Wright led Sergeant Bluff-Luton (17-10) with 19 points. Chris Kroll scored 13 and Keegan Savary 10.

Iowa City West rolls to Class 4A title

DES MOINES — Behind a roster full of talented players, Iowa City West rolled to the Class 4A state championship with a 64-50 win over West Des Moines Valley Saturday night inside Wells Fargo Arena.

Connor McCaffery led all scorers with 19 points, which included a 9-for-9 performance at the free-throw line, and added eight rebounds. Devontae Lane added 13 points and Patrick McCaffery finished with 12.

Quinton Curry scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Valley, Austin Hinkle scored 13 and knocked down three 3-pointers, and Charley Crowley added seven points.

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