BOYS BASKETBALL: Cissna Park wins Super-Sectional handily, advances to State
NORMAL — Although it was a super-sectional, only one team was truly superior.
Cissna Park dominated from start to finish inside and outside and took Yorkville Christian to the woodshed with a resounding 76-46 victory on Tuesday at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.
The win gives Cissna Park its first super-sectional plaque and state appearance since 2003.
“I couldn’t be more proud of, and for, our seniors,” Cissna Park coach Kevin Long said. “We came in as a very [confident] team, and it just keeps growing. We huddled down here this past summer and said we’d be back in March for some hardware. Message sent and message delivered; we’re off to Peoria.”
The Timberwolves trailed one time in this game, when it was just 2-0.
After that, they shot out on a 7-0 run and didn’t look back.
Julian Stadeli made sure Yorkville didn’t come within an arm’s length again, as he put on a first-quarter show.
He ran the floor masterfully and got back on defense swiftly. The senior forward was a terror for Yorkville Christian as he finished the quarter with four blocked shots on top of four points and three rebounds.
“He always shows up and plays great defense,” Christian Stadeli said of his older brother. “He was crashing the boards and working really hard early. He played great.”
While Julian Stadeli was throwing a block party on the defensive side, Ian Rogers and Bailey Sluis were on fire from deep.
Sluis already buried a triple, which gave the Timberwolves a 5-2 lead.
Rogers came off the bench, and that’s when the fun truly began.
He wasted no time letting it fly as Brian Fehr found him on the outside to bury the trifecta. It was lather, rinse and repeat on the next possession, as Christian Stadeli found him for back-to-back triples.
“I just wanted to come in and hit some shots to help put the game up,” Rogers said. “We wanted to get the ball into the post, and with the way Christian played tonight, he allowed us to get open easily.”
Not to be outdone, Sluis capped a 20-2 run with a 3-pointer that put the Timberwolves ahead 20-4 with 1:17 left in the first.
“Honestly, looking into the crowd and seeing everyone supporting us got me pumped up,” Sluis said. “Once we got on that run, we just had to keep playing defense and not give them any space to get a shot off.”
In total, the Timberwolves buried nine 3-pointers on the evening, compared to just three from the Mustangs.
“When we’re knocking down shots on the perimeter along with the [Stadeli] twins on the inside, we’re pretty tough to stop,” Long said.
Too strong inside
Despite leading by 20 points going into the fourth, the Timberwolves didn’t exactly have a great third-quarter showing.
They finished just 4 of 12 from the field, committed three turnovers and were outscored 18-13.
“It got sloppy, but it’s hard to maintain that type of performance we had in the first half for four complete quarters,” Long said.
Yorkville managed to cut the deficit to less than 20 points, but that didn’t last long, and Christian Stadeli made sure of it.
He essentially took over the game and put the final nail in Yorkville Christian’s season by going on a personal 8-2 run.
In total, he was too much for the Mustangs to handle, as he finished 14 of 21 from the floor, and notched a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
“We just want to attack [Yorkville Christian] inside. They were sort of tall but a little skinny, so I knew we had the advantage,” Christian Stadeli said. “I missed some shots I should have made, which was frustrating, but we crashed the offensive boards and converted some second-chance points.”
After Christian Stadeli, Brian Fehr posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Sluis and Rogers added nine points each.
The Timberwolves finished 28 of 55 from the floor, 9 of 17 from distance and 11 of 15 at the free-throw line.
The Mustangs finished just 17 of 46 from the floor, 3 of 17 from distance and 9 of 16 at the free-throw line.
Cissna Park advances to Friday and squares up against (Moweaqua) Central A&M, which defeated Sesser 79-69.
“We have to limit turnovers,” Rogers said. “There are times we can be a little loose and fumble the ball. We have to focus on keeping the ball and executing.”