Cascade shot 3 of 35 from the floor in the first half and went 11 of 25 after the break, but could not close the gap.
“It was horrible, I don’t really know what to say. We struggled all day hitting shots,” Helmick said.
Gaddis hit with five seconds to go against Oldenburg to secure the trip to the finals after Cascade got the ball back with 22 seconds left and a chance to win the contest.
Cascade’s boys played a tight first game against Lake Station right up to the third quarter and that’s when coach Chris Dubois said his team did something he couldn’t explain.
“We got down in the third quarter and we quit. We didn’t have the pride, the passion, the heart to even try to get back and that was really disappointing,” DuBois said. “We didn’t show up the first game, weren’t trying, weren’t going hard, we weren’t ready to play.”
Cascade tied the game at 21-21 early in the third and Lake Station went on a run, pulling away from Cascade for good.
Hayden Suter led the Cadets with 13 points and teammate Schuyler Hart tallied 10 as the team regrouped for a meeting with Hagerstown in the consolation game.
After trailing 20-13 in the first quarter, Hagerstown went on a 10-0 run and took a 44-26 lead at the half. However, DuBois was pleased with how his team responded as opposed to the game against Lake Station.
“In the second game we had those things I mentioned (we were lacking) earlier,” he said. “Everybody kept trying and didn’t give up. It just got away from us.”
Colton Jones kept Cascade alive in the second quarter, scoring 10 of the Cadets’ 13 points. ones would go on to lead Cascade with 19 points and seven rebounds. Suter would finish the night with 12 points.