BOYS BASKETBALL: West Marshall outlasts STC in double OT

TAMA – South Tama’s buzzer-beater missed its mark and West Marshall survived a double-overtime scare for a 72-71 win in Tuesday’s NICL West Division thriller.

The win extended West Marshall’s conference streak to 43 straight games, but not before Duncan Ferch’s 3-pointer beat the buzzer at the end of regulation to force overtime.

South Tama’s Clay Waterbury sunk a free throw to tie the score at the end of the first overtime period, but STC’s good fortune ran out when a potential tying 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime rattled out. The host Trojans (5-8, 4-6) got the rebound and a putback bucket to account for the final margin.

Ferch finished with a career-best 37 points to go with 10 steals and five rebounds as West Marshall (13-2, 10-0) won its seventh straight. Matt Van Metre added 13 points and five boards, while Christian Vis scored eight points. Jake Pszanka had five points, seven steals and four assists.

Jose Fonseca scored a career-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds for South Tama, while Sam Kuhter had 19 points and nine boards. Grant Koch came up with 10 points and Waterbury finished with seven for STC.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 45, BCLUW 18

REINBECK – The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team snapped back from its first non-conference loss by beating BCLUW 45-18 in Tuesday’s NICL West Division matchup.

Zach Pierce led the Rebels with 14 points, while Jacob Smoldt had nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Camden Kickbush added eight points as Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-2, 9-1) won despite its second-lowest scoring output of the season.

The reason was defense as G-R held the Comets to just 18 points, which included a scoreless stretch of 13 minutes spanning the first and second quarters.

Conner Ubben, Wyatt Gunderson and Grant Frazer each scored six points for BCLUW (3-9, 2-8).

Grundy Center 54, East Marshall 41

GRUNDY CENTER – Grundy Center outscored East Marshall 39-17 in the second half to overtake the Mustangs, 54-41, for an NICL West win.

The Spartans (4-10, 3-7) split the season series by winning for the fourth time in their last five games, avenging a 70-52 loss in their first meeting. Brady Hook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead Grundy Center in the comeback win.

Jordan Clapp had 10 points, Elliot Eggleston added nine, while Ryon Appel, Dylan Lyman and Riley Wells contributed six points apiece. Appel and Wells both tallied seven rebounds for the Spartans.

Mitch Berry scored a career-high 16 points to lead East Marshall (2-11, 2-8). Ben Terrones and Nate DeBondt both scored six points. Zack Johnson added five points and five rebounds.

GMG 56, Don Bosco 53

GARWIN – Three players scored in double figures as GMG rallied to defeat Don Bosco 56-63 in Iowa Star Conference action.

The host Wolverines (7-6, 6-4) outscored Don Bosco 19-14 in the final quarter to overtake the Dons for the win. Luke Petty led GMG with 14 points, while Chad Plaehn had 10 points and Blake Warren tallied 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Travis Havel scored a season-high 22 points for Don Bosco (7-5, 7-4). Ben Rottinghaus added 12.

GMG takes a three-game win streak into Friday’s home game against Meskwaki.