Kuhter’s 19 points leads STC to win in NICL Showdown

WAVERLY – Backed by big first and third quarters, the South Tama County boys’ basketball team got a narrow win over Jesup at the NICL Showdown at Wartburg College on Saturday.

Sam Kuhter scored 19 points to lead two Trojans in double-figures as South Tama won 61-58.

The Trojans led 19-9 after one quarter and then took a 30-29 lead into halftime. South Tama then outscored Jesup 18-8 in the third to regain a big lead and hung on in the fourth quarter.

Grant Koch had 10 points for the Trojans, who improved to 5-7 following the win. Clay Waterbury and Jose Fonseca each had eight apiece in the win.

Chase Schaufenbual had 14 points to lead Jesup, while Conner Andrews added 12 and Brody Vogel finished with 10.

South Tama will next play Tuesday at home against North Iowa Cedar League leader West Marshall.

West Marshall 33, Jesup 30

WAVERLY – Duncan Ferch had 16 points to lead West Marshall to its 12th win of the season Saturday during the NICL Showdown at Wartburg College on Saturday.

The Trojans led the low-scoring affair throughout, leading by four at the end of the first quarter and at halftime.

Christian Vis added seven points and Tyler O’donnell had six in the win. West Marshall is now 12-2 on the season.

Brayden Neuendorf led Denver with 11 points, while Brenden Matthias and McCoy Matthias had seven and six points, respectively.

The Trojans next play at rival South Tama County on Tuesday before traveling to BCLUW on Friday.

Roland-Story 50, Colo-NESCO 40

COLO – The Colo-NESCO boys basketball team held a lead at halftime but couldn’t sustain it and lost to Roland-Story on Saturday.

The Royals led 28-25 at halftime but got outscored 16-7 in the third and 9-5 in the fourth.

It was the second straight loss for the Royals after they had won five straight. Colo-NESCO is now 9-6 on the season.

Brandyn Niemeyer had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the way for the Royals, who next host Ankeny Christian Academy on Monday night. No other Royal was in double-figures but Jake Webb grabbed seven boards and J.T. Adams finished with four points and three assists.

Ryan Skarr finished with 17 points, while Zach Hovick had nine for Roland-Story, which improves to 8-4 after the win. It was the fourth win in five games.

Wapsie-Valley 60, East Marshall 45

WAVERLY – Nick Gaul had 23 points as Wapsie Valley rolled to a win over East Marshall at the NICL Shootout at Wartburg College.

Wapsie-Valley led 15-9 after one quarter and then took a 30-18 lead at halftime before maintaining a doubl-digit advantage in the second half.

Ben Terrones had 15 points to lead the Mustangs, who dropped to 2-10 on the season. Walker Steward also had 11, while Nate DeBondt added nine in the loss.

Mitchell Boevers had 14 and Jason Schneider pitched in 10 for the winners.

East Marshall next plays at Grundy Center on Tuesday.

GMG 59, Valley Lutheran 37

CEDAR FALLS – Chad Plaehn had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wolverines cruised to an easy win over Valley Lutheran on Saturday.

Austin Vaughn and Brock Fisher each had 11 points in the win as GMG improved to 6-6 overall.

Blake Warren also had six points and 10 boards in the victory.

GMG trailed by one after one quarter but grabbed a lead by halftime. Then the Wolverines outscored Valley Lutheran 23-8 in the third quarter to win going away.

John Stone led Valley Lutheran with 15 points.

GMG will next play at home against Don-Bosco on Tuesday night.