MONROE — Host PCM used a decided scoring advantage in the final eight minutes to pull away from Woodward-Granger, 42-29, in their boys Class 2A Substate 6 game Thursday.
W-G (9-14) trailed by just a basket — down, 18-16 — at the half, but a low-scoring third quarter went in favor of the Hawks, tying the game at only 22-all entering the fourth quarter.
PCM (11-10) took control of the contest at that point, outscoring their guests, 20-7, to race off with the victory, sending them into a Tuesday semifinal with Des Moines Christian (19-2).
Both teams were completely off the mark from beyond the 3-point arc, with Hawks sinking just 3-of-19 and the Mustangs only 3-of-21 from far outside.
Brody Nardini had 10 points to lead W-G, with Coby Peters adding six points. Four points from Dylan Backe, three from Carter Moran and two apiece from Worth Henry, Walker Deputy, and Trevor Simmons completed the Hawk scoring list.
Nardini had seven rebounds, with Deputy and Peters grabbing five caroms apiece while Backe distributed three assists.
Carson Vandelune (12) and Andrew Mitchell (10) led PCM.
Backe, Deputy, Henry, Peters, Simmons, and Dan Hamell all had their high school basketball careers end with the setback.