The next time Patrick McCaffery and Joe Wieskamp share a basketball court, they'll do so as teammates on the Iowa Hawkeyes, though that won't happen until November 2019. On Tuesday night, though, McCaffery and Wieskamp met at Wells Fargo Arena as opponents, as McCaffery's top-seeded Iowa City West team took on Wieskamp's eighth-seeded Muscatine team in a quarterfinal game of the 4A state basketball tournament. Despite a tremendous effort from Wieskamp, West prevailed, 62-50.
The game pitted probably the state's best player in Wieskamp (and the only reason that statement even needs a qualifier is because of the presence of 5-star Class of 2020 recruit Xavier Foster at Oskaloosa) against the state's best team, the defending 4A champion Trojans. West is down to just one McCaffery with Connor McCaffery now at Iowa (where he endured the freshman year from hell; usually the fabled "freshman 15" returns to the weight you gain during your first year at college -- for Connor it might refer to the number of days he's spent in a hospital during this injury and illness-plagued year), but Patrick McCaffery still leads a very balanced -- and very good -- team. That balance proved to be too much for Muscatine in this game.
West led 12-8 after the first quarter and 29-19 at halftime, but a big third quarter (Muscatine outscored West 18-9, led by 11 points from Wieskamp) made it a nailbiter after three quarters: 38-37 West. It didn't stay close, though -- West opened the final quarter on an 11-1 run and held off Muscatine from there. Three-point shooting and free throws were killers for the Muskies; West hit 7/12 (58%) from deep, while Muscatine went 0/11 beyond the arc. West also made 17/20 free throw attempts, while Muscatine was just 6/8 at the line.
Wieskamp didn't disappoint in his final game for Muscatine -- he went off for 29 points on 13/24 shooting and 11 rebounds. He finished his career with 2,376 points, most-ever in 4A and sixth-most all-time in Iowa high school hoops. He had an incredible high school career -- one of the best ever, as The Des Moines Register's Matthew Bain captured in this excellent piece. On the other side, Patrick McCaffery led a balanced scoring attack from West -- four Trojans finished in double figures, highlighted by McCaffery's 17 points on 5/10 shooting. He also had nine rebounds and four assists. Evan Fitz added 14 points on 5/6 shooting, while Dante Eldridge had 12 points on 3/7 shooting and Hakeem Odunsi had 11 points on 3/8 shooting. The Trojans were simply too deep and too talented for Wieskamp's incredible one-man show to overcome.
You can see highlights for Wieskamp and McCaffery below:
And some highlights from Wieskamp's 36 point, 14 rebound effort in Muscatine's state tournament berth-clinching performance here:
McCaffery's quest for a second-straight state title with West continues on Thursday with a game against Waukee in the state semifinals (6:30 PM CT). Up next for Wieskamp? Rest -- and then preparation for his Iowa debut next fall. We can't wait to watch you in black and gold, Joe.