ELDRIDGE — The North Scott boys basketball team has the motto of passing up a good shot for a great shot.
That was on display during the third quarter of Friday night's Class 4A substate semifinal against Clinton at The Pit. The Lancers shot a blistering 8-for-11 from the field in the third quarter to open up a close game and eventually claim a 56-34 victory.
North Scott (19-3) advances to face Dubuque Senior on Tuesday night in the substate final. The game is at Clinton High School starting at 7 p.m.
The Lancers buried six 3-pointers in the first half, including four by Corvon Seales, to help build a 26-16 lead at halftime. But Clinton was starting to find its footing behind an inside game from Ricky Clay, who scored six points in the second quarter to keep the River Kings (3-20) within striking distance.
But behind some great inside play from Tytan Anderson, the Lancers found open looks almost the entire third quarter. Anderson found Cortaviaus Seales for a 3-pointer to open the third quarter. Anderson then scored on a pair of inside shots himself to push the lead to 33-16, forcing Clinton coach Chris Powers to call timeout.
But the Lancers and Anderson kept going. Anderson assisted on another 3-pointer, this time to Sam Kilburg, and then scored on another basket himself to make it 38-20. Anderson's fourth assist of the quarter came when his pass to Cortaviaus Seales near the lane ended in Seales burying an 8-foot jumper.
Seales' basket gave the hosts an insurmountable lead at 40-20 with 2 minutes, 50 seconds left in the third quarter.
For the game, Anderson finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and those four assists. Corvon Seales had a game-high 16 points for the winners, and Carson Rollinger pitched in another nine points for North Scott.
"We are always trying to look for an extra pass to find someone who is more open," Anderson said. "Everyone is on the same page, moving the ball well."
Anderson, who was double-teamed when he received the ball down low, did not take long to find open shooters, especially on the perimeter. North Scott coach Shamus Budde said the sophomore is really starting to play strong at the right time of the season.
"Ty opens up a lot of things for us," Budde said. "It has taken Ty a little while to get used to the speed of the varsity game, but he is really getting used to it and getting comfortable with it. You can tell in our practices and when he rolling on the boards and getting things going inside-out, our shooting percentages go up, and that's what happened."
While North Scott was lighting things up in the third quarter, the River Kings struggled, making only three of their 10 shot attempts in the third quarter. Six turnovers in the third also compounded the problem for Powers' team.
"We talked about the first three minutes of the third quarter was going to make or break the game, and (North Scott) came out on fire and kind of put things away," Powers said. "They are a good team and they did what they had to do."
Clay and DeVonte McGee led Clinton with eight points each while Brennen Lemke added another six points. Jared Simpson finished with a game-high eight rebounds for the visitors.
Despite its record, Powers said his team was playing its best basketball at the right time of year.
"I like the way our kids battled all season, and I thought our guys played their best ball in February," he said. "They played tough, and Monday was great for us (an upset of Davenport West), and they gave their best. I hate to see the seniors go, but we have a good group to build on."