BOYS HOOPS: GMG improves to 4-1 after victory over South Hardin

GARWIN Making the most of its trips to the line, the GMG boys basketball team held off South Hardin 70-60 in non-conference action Saturday.

The Wolverines (4-1) connected on 16-of-24 attempts at the stripe in the fourth quarter and finished 28-of-37 for the game. Luke Petty led the charge with 21 points and five rebounds, while Brock Fisher amassed 20 points and six boards for GMG’s fourth straight win.

GMG held a five-point advantage after eight minutes but clung to two-point leads at the end of the second (26-24) and third (42-40) quarters. Austin Vaughn tallied 11 points, Bridger Claassen added 10 points and Chad Plaehn had six.

Eric Mulder paced the Tigers (1-3) with 24 points and Glendon Mesch added 10. Jon Weber scored eight, Andrew Wiechmann had seven and David Shindelar six.

Both teams return to action Tuesday. The Tigers host Grundy Center in a NICL West Division contest, while the Wolverines travel to battle Iowa Star Conference foe North Tama.

West Marshall 64, Colo-NESCO 46

COLO West Marshall rebounded from an overtime loss with a commanding victory over the Royals here Saturday.

Reggie Gradwell matched his career-best with 16 points and Duncan Ferch added 13 as the Trojans (5-2) earned a 15-6 scoring advantage in the third quarter to break open a 46-31 cushion. West Marshall led 16-10 after the first and 30-25 at the break with Matt Van Metre contributing 11 points. Trenton Keislar had 10 and Nick Juel tallied eight. Gradwell and Juel each converted a pair of 3-pointers in the win.

Garret Tiarks led Colo-NESCO (3-3) with 13 points and Tanner Clatt had nine. Brady Stoeffler tacked on eight points, while Grant Tiarks (6) and Cole Ozbun (4) also contributed.

West Marshall returns to NICL West Division play against BCLUW at home Tuesday. The Royals try to end their two-game slide at Meskwaki Settlement in the Iowa Star Conference that same night.

BGM 53, East Marshall 43

BROOKLYN Pulling within six in each of the final two quarters, East Marshall couldn’t get over the hump in a loss to BGM here Saturday.

Shifting their defensive focus to Kyle Gritsch in the second quarter, the Mustangs (0-4) were burned from the outside by Bryan Kriegel and Kaiden Fiebelkorn as the Bears stretched their 12-10 edge to 34-18 at halftime.

Austin Briney led East Marshall with a career-high 22 points as the Mustangs outscored BGM (4-0) by a 12-7 margin in the third. East Marshall was within range of its first victory but never got closer than six in the second half.

“We had an opportunity to win,” said East Marshall coach Cole Anderson. “It was a step in the right direction.”

Gritsch led the Bears with 18 points and Fiebelkorn had 13. Zack Johnson and Dru Boliver each scored six for the Mustangs and Nate DeBondt had four.

East Marshall hosts South Tama County in a NICL West Division showdown Tuesday.