It was business as usual for the Pella Little Dutch.
The #2 seed in the Class 3A Boys’ Basketball State Tournament dominated #7 seed Perry en route to a 94-54 victory to move into the state semifinals Tuesday night.
The game had blowout written all over it early, as Pella raced out to a 27-14 lead after the first quarter. After a fairly even second quarter, Pella really pushed down the throttle. The Dutch outscored Perry 25-5 in the third to trigger the running-clock, something rarely seen at the state tournament. They would coast to the 40-point win.
As usual, Pella had an extremely balanced offensive attack, led by Donovan Holterhaus off the bench, who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Van Wyk had 17, Payson Vande Lune had 16, and Will Warner had 10 to join Holterhaus in double figures.
There were several eye-popping stats for the Dutch in the game. The most impressive may be points in the paint. Pella had 70 points inside, and held Perry to only 20. The Dutch also assisted on 26 of their 39 made field goals in the game. They forced 27 Bluejay turnovers and capitalized with a 33-2 margin in points off mistakes.
Pella also shot 59% from the field in the game and only needed to attempt 10 three pointers in the contest, making four. If there was one weakness in the game, it was free throw shooting, as Pella went 12-24 from the line.
Pella now moves on to face #6 seed Cedar Rapids Xavier on Thursday in the Class 3A Semifinals. Xavier pulled off an upset against Iowa-commit Ryan Kriener and the #3 seed Spirit Lake. They come into the contest at 17-8, but have played one of the toughest schedules in the state. Pella enters at 23-1.
That game will be in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Thursday, with the tip-off scheduled at 8:15 PM. You can hear live reports from the game on 104.9 FM KBOE and 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN.