BOYS HOOPS: Second-half surge delivers opening win for Rebels

REINBECK – Four players scored in double figures and a third-quarter surge sent Gladbrook-Reinbeck past South Hardin, 63-49, in Friday’s NICL West Division boys’ basketball opener.

Cameron Clark led the Rebels (1-0, 1-0) with 15 points, while Camden Kickbush tallied 13 points in the win. Zach Pierce had 10 points and nine rebounds, Luke Holman hit two 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, and Joe Smoldt added nine points, five boards and a team-high four assists in his varsity debut.

The two teams were tied up at 24-all at the half before Gladbrook-Reinbeck got going with a 22-14 advantage in the third. South Hardin’s Sam Shindelar made a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to keep the Tigers (0-1, 0-1) in striking distance, but the Rebels eventually pulled away.

Eric Mulder led South Hardin with 20 points and Shindelar finished with 16, making four 3-pointers. Andrew Wiechmann chipped in with five points.

Grundy Center 62, AGWSR 53

GRUNDY CENTER – Jack Stumberg scored a career-high 16 points as the Grundy Center boys handed AGWSR its first loss, 62-53, in Friday’s NICL West Division opener.

Lane Bangasser and Brady Hook added 13 points apiece, Jordan Stoner had nine points and Jordan Clapp seven for the Spartans (1-1, 1-0), who led by 13 points at the half. Hook led the way with six rebounds, while Stoner and Clapp had five boards apiece.

AGWSR cut into the deficit with a 13-7 third-quarter advantage but could not complete the comeback. Grundy Center shot 84 percent (21-for-25) from the free-throw line to keep the Cougars (2-1, 0-1) at bay.

Sully Hofmeister led AGWSR with 13 points, Nathan Karsjens added 12 and Evan Janssen had nine more. Derek Schipper pulled down seven rebounds and Hofmeister had six for the Cougars, who host East Marshall on Tuesday.

Grundy Center goes to BCLUW on Tuesday night.

West Marshall 63, South Tama 36

TAMA – Matt Van Metre, Reggie Gradwell and Trenton Keislar scored 13 points apiece to lead West Marshall to victory in its NICL West Division opener, routing South Tama 63-36. The visiting Trojans led 31-13 at the half.

Elijah Streeter chipped in eight points for West Marshall (2-1, 1-0), which plays today at North Polk.

South Tama’s top scorer was Darius Lasley, who netted 16 points. Dalton Doyle contributed seven. STC goes on the road Monday for a non-conference tilt with Vinton-Shellsburg.

Don Bosco 64, North Tama 58

TRAER – Connor Weber’s game-high 21 points propelled Don Bosco to a 64-58 victory over North Tama in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference showdown.

Travis Havel added 19 points for the Dons (2-0, 2-0), who jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the first quarter and clung to it the rest of the way.

North Tama got 18 points from Paul Kaufmann. Ben Panfil had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Taylor Dinsdale tallied 14 points, 11 boards and five assists, and Logan Zobel added 10 points. Those four players accounted for all the Redhawks’ scoring.

North Tama (1-2, 0-2), however, missed two free throws with less than a minute remaining that would have put it in front, and a 3-pointer to tie down the stretch was off the mark.

The Redhawks go to Meskwaki Settlement for Tuesday’s Iowa Star contest.