WAVERLY — Cameron Quick knew rebounding would be his biggest contribution in Wahoo's game against Bishop Neumann.
The 6-foot-3 senior made the most of his scoring opportunities, chipping in 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds to help lift top-ranked Wahoo to a 70-64 victory over cross-town rival Bishop Neumann on Thursday in the C1-3 subdistrict final. Neumann beat Wahoo in the state championship game last year and has won three of the past four state C-1 titles.
The Warriors (23-2) advance to Monday's district final against Logan View for a trip to state. Wahoo is tops in Class C-1's wild-card standings, so the Warriors have unofficially clinched a spot in the state tourney regardless of the outcome of the district final.
"Rebounding is big in every game. Being one of the bigger kids on the floor, I had to take control to help my team," said Quick. "Rebounding could have been what won us that game."
Specifically on the offensive end. Quick scored seven of his points on put-backs and Winston Cook scored eight of his 13 points on offensive boards.
"That's Cam. He's just a tough hard-nosed athletic kid who plays really hard," said Wahoo coach Kevin Scheef. "When he's going and getting rebounds, he's really tough to get checked out.
"We felt like we had three bigs to their one, so we needed to capitalize on that and I thought we did."
Cook, a 6-foot-4 junior, led Wahoo with 10 rebounds and 6-4 senior Sam Shanahan added seven for a 31-22 rebounding advantage.
"Coach Scheef went with a bigger lineup but they still have two really good shooters," said Cavaliers coach Mike Weiss. "Their offensive rebounding really got us. That was the difference in the second half. They just had bigger bodies in there and got us on the boards."
Neumann jumped to a 22-14 lead in the first quarter, hitting 6-of-7 from three-point range. Wahoo trimmed the margin to 29-25 at halftime and took its first lead since early in the game on a put-back by Quick for a 40-38 advantage. The game was tied twice and the lead changed hands four more times before Quick's layup off an assist from Dylan Egr put Wahoo on top 59-57 and the Warriors never trailed after that.
"Dylan beat a guy off the dribble and they moved over to help and just didn't have the back-side help," said Quick. "I was right there for the easy dish and bucket."
Weiss said his team did what it needed to do.
"We were tied with what is the best team in the state In the last four minutes. And they are the best team," Weiss said. "Hopefully, they finish with a great run and get the state title and the town of Wahoo gets a lot more notoriety like we have Recently."
Neumann beat Wahoo for titles in 2017 and 2014 and also won in 2016. Wahoo won the 2013 championship and was also runnerup in 2012.