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Colo-Nesco freshman Garret Tiarks rips a rebound away from Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Joey Nissen during the first half of the Royals’ non-conference game with the Raiders Saturday in Maxwell. Colo-Nesco ended up losing a hard-fought 57-52 battle. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco freshman Garret Tiarks rips a rebound away from Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Joey Nissen during the first half of the Royals’ non-conference game with the Raiders Saturday in Maxwell. Colo-Nesco ended up losing a hard-fought 57-52 battle. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco guard Brady Stoeffler dribbles by CMB’s Tommy McDonald during the Royals’ game with the Raiders Saturday. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco guard Brady Stoeffler dribbles by CMB’s Tommy McDonald during the Royals’ game with the Raiders Saturday. Photo by Joe Randleman

MAXWELL – The Colo-Nesco boys’ basketball team wasn’t able to finish the job against Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a non-conference game Saturday in Maxwell.

Colo-Nesco had come back from a five-point deficit to take a 48-43 lead in the fourth quarter. But CMB outscored the Royals 14-4 over the final five minutes to hand them their first loss, 57-52.

After Austin Moorman hit a 3-pointer to give CMB a 37-32 lead with four minutes, five seconds left in the third quarter, Colo-Nesco went on a 7-0 run to move in front. Grant Tiarks scored two baskets, Christian Reischauer put up one bucket and Cole Ozbun hit 1 of 2 free throws to give Colo-Nesco a 39-37 advantage.

Brady Stover canned a 3-pointer to briefly regain the lead for CMB, but Tiarks answered with another bucket to put the Royals back on top. Ozbun and Tanner Clatt combined to hit 5 of 6 free throws, pushing Colo-Nesco’s lead to 46-40 with 6:42 to go in the fourth quarter.

Tommy McDonald drilled a big 3-pointer for CMB to cut Colo-Nesco’s lead in half, but Reischauer responded with a hoop to give the Royals’ a five-point cushion.

Then things went south for Colo-Nesco.

The Royal offense hit a dry spell and big baskets from McDonald, Zach Samson, Bryce Kemp and Seth Balke enabled CMB to surge ahead, 52-48, with just 2:26 remaining. Ozbun ended Colo-Nesco’s drought with a basket to get the Royals within 52-50, but that’s as close as they’d get.

Austin Moorman hit 5 of 8 free throws in the final 50 seconds to ice the game for the Raiders as Colo-Nesco only put up two points in that time span.

“They’re a little more experienced than us,” Colo-Nesco head coach Pat Wynja said. “It kind of showed down the stretch.”

Colo-Nesco fell to 2-1 with the loss and CMB picked up its first victory to improve to 1-2. The Royals did well at the line – hitting 20 of 27 free throws – and they outrebounded the bigger, more athletic Raiders 28-27.

Colo-Nesco also finished with just six turnovers. But the Royals only made 15 field goals to CMB’s 25 and they had just two 3-pointers against the Raiders’ seven.

“The kids battled,” Wynja said. “We’re definitely outsized so we’ve got to want it more and we did well rebounding tonight.”

Wynja said he has been pleased with how his young team has performed at the start of the season.

“The whole thing is a process,” Wynja said. “We see the potential and the kids know what they need to work on. They want to get better.”

Reischauer hit 9 of 10 free throws and added three field goals to score a game-high 15 points against CMB. He also pulled down six rebounds and had two assists and two steals.

Ozbun stepped up as well, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tiarks tallied eight points, one assist and one steal, Clatt hit both Royal 3-pointers to end up with seven points, Casey Angell pulled down seven rebounds and Grant Tiarks chipped in two points and one steal.

Moorman led CMB with 13 points and he added four assists. Samson tacked on 12 points and nine rebounds, Galloway ended up with 11 points and Balke scored nine for the Raiders.

CMB 57, Colo-Nesco 52

C-N 9 16 15 12 – 52

CMB 6 17 21 13 – 57

Colo-Nesco (52) – Casey Angell 0-3 0-2 0, Tanner Clatt 2-5 1-2 7, Taylor Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Ozbun 4-9 6-8 14, Christian Reischauer 3-8 9-10 15, Brady Stoeffler 2-4 2-2 6, Garret Tiarks 0-2 2-3 2, Grant Tiarks 4-8 0-0 8. Totals: 15-40 20-27 52. 3-point field goals (2): Clatt 2. Rebounds (28): Ozbun 7. Assists (9): Ozbun 4. Steals (8): Ozbun 2, Reischauer 2. Blocks: None.

CMB (57) – Austin Moorman 3-8 5-8 13, Tommy Galloway 4-6 0-0 11, Zach Samson 5-6 2-2 12, Seth Balke 4-9 1-1 9, Bryce Kemp 3-5 0-1 6, Joey Nissen 0-5 0-0 0, Colin Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Gunderson 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Stover 2-4 0-0 6, Patrick Girard 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 21-44 8-14 57. 3-point field goals (7): Galloway 3, Stover 2, Moorman 2. Rebounds (27): Samson 9. Assists (11): Moorman 4. Steals (8): Samson 2, Balke 2. Blocks (1): Kemp.

WATERLOO – Colo-Nesco improved to 2-0 in the Iowa Star Conference to start the season after winning a 38-24 defensive battle with Waterloo Christian Friday in Waterloo.

The Royals prevailed thanks to a dominant second half. Leading by one point at the break, Colo-Nesco held Waterloo Christian to just seven points over the final two quarters to pull away.

Waterloo Christian shot just 29 percent from the field and made only 1 of 14 3-pointers against Colo-Nesco’s stout defense. The Royals also had a 12-6 edge in free-throw attempts, making seven to the Regents’ three.

Tanner Clatt had a big night shooting the ball and Cole Ozbun and Christian Reischauer had solid all-around games for Colo-Nesco.

Clatt hit 3 of 4 3-pointers, 5 of 6 field goals and both of his free-throw attempts to net a game-high 15 points. Ozbun finished with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal and Reischauer had eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Grant Tiarks paced Colo-Nesco on the boards with 10 rebounds and he also scored two points. Brady Stoeffler came up with four points, four rebounds and two steals for the Royals.

Timothy Doering had six points and five rebounds, Levi Smith put up five points and eight boards and Alan Mazzarella contributed four points and 10 rebounds for Waterloo Christian.

Colo-Nesco 38, Waterloo Christian 24

C-N 11 7 10 10 – 38

WC 10 7 2 5 – 24

Colo-Nesco (38) – Casey Angell 0-2 0-0 0, Tanner Clatt 5-6 2-2 15, Taylor Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Jamison 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Montgomery 0-1 0-0 0, Cole Ozbun 4-12 1-2 9, Christian Reischauer 2-9 4-6 8, Brady Stoeffler 2-8 0-2 4, Grant Tiarks 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 14-43 7-12 38. 3-point field goals (3): Clatt 3. Rebounds (31): Tiarks 10. Assists (10): Ozbun 3, Reischauer 3. Steals (8): Reischauer 2, Stoeffler 2. Blocks: None.

Waterloo Christian (24) – Timothy Doering 3-11 0-0 6, Matt Miller 2-3 1-1 5, Alan Mazzarella 2-7 0-0 4, Levi Smith 1-8 2-4 5, Andrew Wiele 1-2 0-1 2, Zach Goedken 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Goedken 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 10-34 3-6 24. 3-point field goals (1): Smith. Rebounds (31): Mazzarella 10. Assists (3): Doering 2. Steals (6): Miller 2, Smith 2. Blocks (2): Smith, Wiele.

COLO – Colo-Nesco started strong and held on late for a 55-53 season-opening victory over Iowa Star Conference rival North Tama Dec. 3 in Colo.

The Royals used a big first quarter to take a 35-23 lead at the half. They were held to five points in the third quarter, but North Tama was only able to shave three points off Colo-Nesco’s lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final period North Tama got hot offensively and put 22 points on the board. Colo-Nesco did just enough to withstand the Redhawk barrage, scoring 15 points over the final eight minutes to hold off the defending ISC champions.

Colo-Nesco made 22 field goals to North Tama’s 16 and eight 3-pointers to the Redhawks’ six. That helped the Royals overcome a huge disparity at the foul line as they only went 3 of 5 from the line compared to North Tama’s 15 of 19 showing.

Brady Stoeffler and Christian Reischauer both netted 16 points to lead a balanced Colo-Nesco attack. Stoeffler also had three assists, three rebounds and two steals and Reischauer finished with four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

Cole Ozbun also scored in double figures with 13 points and he added five rebounds and one assist. Tanner Clatt had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals, Casey Angell scored two points and Grant Tiarks contributed six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Royals.

Paul Kaufmann scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead North Tama. Logan Zobel hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, Taylor Dinsdale put up eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals and Ben Panfil added seven points and 13 rebounds for the Redhawks.

Colo-Nesco 55, North Tama 53

NT 5 18 8 22 – 53

C-N 16 19 5 15 – 55

North Tama (53) – Taylor Dinsdale 4-12 0-0 8, Paul Kaufmann 4-12 7-8 17, Dylan Clausen 1-5 2-2 4, Brian Zobel 1-3 0-0 2, Ben Panfil 1-1 5-6 7, Logan Zobel 5-10 1-3 15. Totals: 16-43 15-19 53. 3-point field goals (6): L. Zobel 4, Kaufmann 2. Rebounds (32): Panfil 13. Assists (13): Dinsdale 6. Steals (5): Dinsdale 3. Blocks: None.

Colo-Nesco (55) – Casey Angell 1-1 0-0 2, Tanner Clatt 3-11 0-1 8, Zach Jamison 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Montgomery 0-1 0-0 0, Cole Ozbun 6-9 0-0 13, Christian Reischauer 6-12 2-2 16, Brady Stoeffler 6-9 1-1 16, Garret Tiarks 0-4 0-0 0, Grant Tiarks 0-6 0-1 0. Totals: 22-54 3-5 55. 3-point field goals (8): Stoeffler 3, Reischauer 2, Clatt 2, Ozbun. Rebounds (33): Clatt 10. Assists (12): Reischauer 4. Steals (8): Clatt 2, Stoeffler 2, Gr. Tiarks 2. Blocks (1): Reischauer.

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