BOYS HOOPS: West Marshall puts away visiting Trojans

STATE CENTER – Three players scored in double figures and West Marshall slowly pulled away from South Tama for a 71-54 win to start the second half of its NICL West Division boys basketball schedule on Tuesday night.

The host Trojans (12-2, 7-1) collected their eighth straight win overall, even with 1,000-point scorer Duncan Ferch limited to just five points on the night. Reggie Gradwell led the way with a game-high 23 points, Elijah Streeter had 15 more and Trenton Keislar tallied 12 points and eight rebounds for West Marshall.

Matt Van Metre chipped in eight points and six boards, and Gradwell also had six rebounds. Streeter and Gradwell both made three 3-pointers.

Darius Lasley scored 18 points to pace South Tama. Grant Koch chimed in with 15 points and Ian Slagle had 11 for the visitors. STC (1-8, 1-5) hosts AGWSR in a make-up game Thursday night and visits Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Friday.

West Marshall hosts South Hardin in league play Friday.

BCLUW 52, East Marshall 43

CONRAD – BCLUW jumped out to an early lead that East Marshall nearly erased, but the Mustangs could get no closer than two points in the final quarter of the Comets’ 52-43 victory.

Host BCLUW (4-5, 2-4) claimed its second NICL West Division win over East Marshall in as many meetings this season. Lane Caster led the Comets with 14 points, Ben Neff had 13 and Conner Ubben 12.

East Marshall (0-11, 0-7) got 14 points apiece from Nate DeBondt and Dru Boliver, while Ryan Puumala added eight points.

North Tama 83, Clarksville 48

TRAER – Taylor Dinsdale scored a career-high 22 points to go with nine assists, leading North Tama to an 83-48 rout of Clarksville in Iowa Star Conference play.

Paul Kaufmann added 17 points and six rebounds, and Logan Zobel scored 11 points for the Redhawks (3-6, 2-6). Brian Zobel contributed nine points and Ben Panfil added eight more as North Tama jumped out to a 26-4 first-quarter lead.

Carter Kelm scored a team-leading 18 points for Clarksville (0-11, 0-7).

Tripoli 56, GMG 55

GARWIN – Austin Newbrough scored the go-ahead basket with 4 seconds left, lifting Tripoli past GMG, 56-55, in an Iowa Star Conference showdown Tuesday night.

Tripoli (5-3, 5-2) trailed throughout the contest before rallying with a 20-13 advantage in the fourth quarter. GMG’s buzzer-beater came up empty at the final horn.

Nick Shinstine finished with 18 points to lead the Panthers, while Newbrough ended with 16. Patric Benson added 11 points.

Luke Petty led three Wolverines (6-4, 3-4) in double figures, going 9-for-10 at the free-throw line en route to 17 points. Chad Plaehn added 13 points and Brock Fisher had 11 points and a team-high five rebounds in the loss.