Last-second lob lifts Mustangs

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • East Marshall teammates Eli Anderson (22) and Dru Boliver celebrate after the Mustang boys’ basketball topped PCM in Thursday’s Class 2A District 11 semifinal in Urbandale. The Mustangs won 50-48 on a last-second shot to advance to Tuesday’s district final against Des Moines Christian.

URBANDALE — East Marshall knew not to overlook its opponent in Thursday’s Class 2A District 11 semifinal, and PCM threw everything it had at the Mustangs.

Tyler DeBondt sent an alley-oop pass to Zaine Leedom, who laid the basketball in the cylinder with 1.8 seconds remaining, and East Marshall came out with 50-48 win at Des Moines Christian School. PCM called timeout to set up a play, which had to be reset and tried three times as the game clock started prematurely, but the Hail Mary attempt didn’t come close.

“We knew PCM was way better than their record suggested,” East Marshall coach Adam Bauder said. “To a casual fan probably thinks 11-11, probably not that great. I’ve watched them a couple times on tape on and in person. They play a tough schedule and a tough conference, so we knew they were going to be good. We also knew they were going to fight us because they play really, really hard.

“It was a clash of two similar teams, just hard-nosed battling each other.”

Dru Boliver led all scorers with 18 points on six 3-pointers in a game neither team led by more than eight. Zane Johnson added 15 for East Marshall (16-5). Leedom finished with 11 and Eli Anderson chipped in six.


Reed Worth and Jackson Thomas led PCM (11-12) with 11 points each.

East Marshall advances to Tuesday’s district final against Des Moines Christian (18-4) in Ankeny.

PCM took a 46-42 with 1:23 to play when the ball ended up in the hands of Worth after Leedom blocked an initial shot, and his putback jumper fell.

Boliver drained a 3 with 1:04 remaining, and then DeBondt collected a steal and got a timeout with 56.9 left. Johnson made a trey coming out of the stoppage, giving East Marshall a 48-46 lead with about 40 seconds to play.

Andrew Van Ryswyk then tied it 48-all with 21.3 remaining before East Marshall’s last-second heroics.


“Our coaching staff is a collection of really smart dudes,” Bauder said of going with the play call of the game-winning shot. “I can’t take credit for even probably half of the calls we make. I’m listening to them. I’m trying to think myself. I’m listening to suggestions. One of the three assistants said, ‘Let’s run this.’ I said, ‘Yup, let’s run it.'”

East Marshall built an eight-point lead at 37-29 with 3:26 left in the third. PCM responded with an 11-2 run that spanned 2:37 into the fourth quarter to reclaimed the lead at 40-39. A DeBondt 3 gave the lead back to East Marshall before PCM went on a 6-0 run to take its four-point advantage.

PCM came out the gates fast with six points in the game’s first 1:49 for a 6-0 lead and an East Marshall timeout. EM came back with a 12-5 run to take its first lead of the game late in the first. The lead was exchanged or the game was tied six times from the end of the first through halftime. Neither team held an advantage of more than two through the second until PCM took a 22-19 halftime lead.

East Marshall 50, PCM 48

At Urbandale


PCM (11-12) — Elijah Sperfslage 2 0-0 4, Mark Bruxvoort 2 1-2 5, Reed Worth 5 0-1 11, Jackson Thomas 4 0-0 11, Andrew Van Ryswyk 4 1-2 10, Dayton Boell 0 0-0 0, Noah Lanphier 0 0-0 0, Derek Brown 2 2-2 7, Nick Dredge 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 19 4-8 48.

EAST MARSHALL (16-5) — Zaine Leedom 3 5-5 11, Dru Boliver 6 0-0 18, Zane Johnson 6 2-6 15, Eli Anderson 2 0-0 6, Tyler DeBondt 0 0-0 0, Logan Nicholson 0 0-0 0, Zach Finders 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 17 7-11 50.

PCM 14 8 12 14 — 48

E. MARSHALL 12 7 20 11 — 50

3-Point Goals–PCM 6 (Thomas 3, Worth, Van Ryswyk, Brown); EM 9 (Boliver 6, Anderson 2, Johnson). Total Fouls–PCM 10, EM 14. Fouled Out–None.