2020 Semifinal: Dimond gets Lauwers to title game with record third team

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

The Lynx were incredibly impressive on both ends of the floor, using a suffocating defense and lights-out shooting to punch their ticket to the title game with a 66-40 win over West in the semifinals.

Dimond built a 32-point lead before calling off the dogs in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Moses played like a top dog, pumping in 23 points to go with five assists and three steals.

The Class 4A player-of-the-year candidate knocked down three 3-pointers – matching the entire West squad.

Moses came out fast and scored 10 of his team’s first 21 points as the Lynx took a 21-5 lead early in the second quarter.

Dimond’s Isaiah Grant just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Dezmond Bland scored 12 points and Zach Jenkins grabbed 10 rebounds.

Dimond coach Brad Lauwers will return to the Classic championship game for the third time in his career. He won the title with Heritage Christian in 2006 and led West to the 2011 final.

Now he’s back with the Lynx, looking to join Chuck White as the only Alaska coach to win the Classic with two teams.

His team led 57-25 after three quarters, allowing him to empty his bench. As a result, 10 different Dimond players scored. The Lynx also hit 16-of-20 free throws.

Willie Zamora’s 3-pointer pulled West within 29-14 in the second quarter. But things only got worse after that for the Eagles, who had their streak snapped of three straight title game appearances.

Blake Muehlenkamp (9 points, 6 rebounds), Omar Adegbola (9 points) and Zamora (7 points) combined to go 11-of-14 from the foul line.

No other West player made it to the free-throw line.

Dimond 16 22 19 9 – 66
West 5 9 11 15 – 40
Dimond – Ivanoff 7, Carle 5, Moses 23, Bland 12, Bobbitt 3, Hines 0, Tibbetts 0, Casey 1, Jenkins 4, Grant 13, Hadjukovich 0, Lena 2, Dobbins 0, Hamey 5.
West – Zamora 7, Jackson 0, Muehlenkamp 9, Sahr 2, Fick 0, Nou 2, Pickett 3, Rankin 2, Wilson 0, Adegbola 9, Faitele 0, Snow 6.

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