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Royal boys tie for HOIC South Division title

GARWIN – The Colo-Nesco boys’ basketball team secured a first-place tie in the Iowa Star Conference South Division with a competitive 68-65 victory over GMG at Garwin Saturday.

The Royals jumped out to a 28-21 lead at the half. Through three quarters, Colo-Nesco managed to increase its lead to 11 points.

But in the fourth quarter the pace picked up. The teams combined for 56 points over the final eight minutes and Colo-Nesco did just enough to withstand GMG’s 32-point fourth quarter outburst to finish 13-3 in the ISC and improve to 15-5 overall.

The victory gave Colo-Nesco some payback after suffering a 55-49 loss to GMG at home in December.

Cole Ozbun paced Colo-Nesco with 21 points. Tanner Clatt hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points; Brady Stoeffler drained three from behind the arc, netting 13 points and Christian Reischauer came through with 10 points.

Chad Plaehn hit all four GMG 3-pointers to finish with 18 points for the Wolverines. Bridger Claussen also scored 18 points, Brock Fisher tacked on 12 and Luke Petty finished with 10 for GMG.

Colo-Nesco 68, GMG 65

C-N 13 15 16 24 – 68

GMG 9 12 12 32 – 65

Colo-Nesco (68) – Cole Ozbun 7-11 7-12 21, Brady Stoeffler 4-6 2-4 13, Garret Tiarks 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Clatt 6-15 2-3 18, Casy Angell 1-2 0-2 2, Christian Reischauer 3-8 4-5 10, Grant Tiarks 2-4 0-2 4. Totals: 23-47 15-28 68. 3-point field goals (7): Clatt 4, Stoeffler 3.

GMG (65) – Chad Plaehn 7-12 0-1 18, Luke Petty 5-8 0-0 10, Austin Vaughn 0-1 3-4 3, Bryce Newcomb 2-7 0-0 4, Jacob Burt 0-1 0-0 0, Brock Fisher 4-11 4-5 12, Bridger Claussen 7-14 4-7 18, Matt Carion 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-54 11-17 65. 3-point field goals (4): Plaehn 4.

COLO – A monster second half enabled Colo-Nesco to get past Meskwaki, 68-58, in a battle between the top two teams in the Iowa Star Conference South Division Friday at Colo.

The Royals trailed 29-22 at the half. But they emerged from the locker room a totally different team, netting 23 points in each of the final two quarters.

Colo-Nesco outscored Meskwaki 23-11 in the third quarter and outlasted the Warriors in the fourth quarter to secure the big road victory.

Accurate shooting made the difference for Colo-Nesco. The Royals shot 52 percent from the field (26 of 50) and held Meskwaki to 34-percent shooting, which allowed them to overcome the Warriors’ 65-50 edge in field goal attempts.

Colo-Nesco also outrebounded Meskwaki, 35-27.

Cole Ozbun led a balanced Royal attack with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Tanner Clatt added 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Brady Stoeffler and Grant Tiarks chipped in 10 points apiece and Christian Reischauer netted nine points for the Royals. Stoeffler added six assists and four rebounds, Tiarks pulled down eight boards and came away with two assists and one steal and Reischauer delivered six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.

Royce Timberwolf put up 12 points and four assists to lead Meskwaki. Allis Tahahwah tacked on 11 points and five steals and Darrion Murray delivered 10 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.

Colo-Nesco 68, Meskwaki 58

M 12 17 11 18 – 58

C-N 8 14 23 23 – 68

Meskwaki (58) – Demarce Keahna 2-5 0-0 5, Royce Timberwolf 3-8 6-9 12, Terrell Grant 2-11 0-4 5, Drake Keahna 0-1 0-0 0, Allis Tahahwah 4-15 2-4 11, Tyus Grant 0-1 0-0 0, Eammon Tahahwah 2-7 1-2 6, Darrion Murray 5-9 0-0 10, Wade Brown 4-8 3-4 9. Totals: 22-65 10-22 58. 3-point field goals (4): De. Keahna, Grant, A. Tahahwah, E. Tahahwah. Rebounds (27): Murray 8. Assists (9): Timberwolf 4. Steals 910): A. Tahahwah 5. Blocks: None.

Colo-Nesco (68) – Cole Ozbun 7-10 2-2 16, Brady Stoeffler 2-8 5-6 10, Garret Tiarks 2-2 0-0 4, Tanner Clatt 4-13 4-6 15, Casy Angell 2-4 0-0 4, Christian Reischauer 4-6 1-4 9, Zach Jamison 0-1 0-0 0, Grant Tiarks 5-6 0-4 10. Totals: 26-50 12-22 68. 3-point field goals (4): Clatt 3, Stoeffler. Rebounds (35): Gr. Tiarks 8. Assists (21): Stoeffler 6. Steals (9): Reischauer 3. Blocks (2): Ozbun, Reischauer.

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