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Bomber boys tame ADM Tigers

ADEL – Free throws and rebounding proved the key ingredients for the Ballard boys’ basketball team in its 66-59 Raccoon River Conference victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn Dec. 20 at Adel.

The Bombers attempted a whopping 42 foul shots on the night, making 25. That provided them with a huge advantage at the line as ADM was only 5 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Ballard also owned the glass. Both teams had 11 offensive rebounds, but the Bombers dominated the defensive glass to finish with a 43-28 rebounding advantage.

The second quarter was the turning point of the game. Ballard outscored ADM by a 19-9 margin in the period to take a 34-24 lead at the half.

The Bombers upped their advantage to 12 points after three quarters and then held on, despite an 18-point ADM fourth quarter, to improve to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the RRC.

Mason Jensen hit 10 of 14 free throws and finished with a game-high 18 points to lead Ballard. Jensen also had four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Mason Edwards posted a double-double with 10 points and impressive 16 rebounds and Kolby Jensen added eight points and six assists for the Bombers. Jaden Moody provided a big spark off the bench as he hit 3 of 6 3-pointers and netted 17 points.

Logan Essy and Jackson VerWoert each had 17 points for ADM. Essy also finished with four rebounds and assists apiece and VerWoert chipped in five rebounds and two assists.

Ballard 66, ADM 59

B 15 19 19 13 – 66

ADM 15 9 17 18 – 59

Ballard (66) – Kolby Jensen 2-8 3-4 8, Nathan Carlin 1-3 1-2 4, Jacob Nethers 1-1 0-0 3, Jaden Moody 5-9 4-7 17, Tanner Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Jensen 4-7 10-14 18, Mason Edwards 3-7 4-10 10, Chase Seibert 0-3 0-0 0, Nick Hartman 2-6 2-4 6. Totals: 18-44 25-42 66. 3-point field goals (5): Moody 3, Carlin, Nethers. Rebounds (43): Edwards 16. Assists (10): K. Jensen 6. Steals (5): Carlin 2. Blocks (3): Nethers, Moody, M. Jensen.

ADM (59) – Logan Essy 7-17 1-4 17, Jackson VerWoert 7-9 0-0 17, Joe Sloss 0-7 2-4 2, Jonny Reel 2-7 0-0 5, Robbie Sloss 2-10 1-3 5, Jake Sloss 2-6 1-1 5, Kyle Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Kornstad 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah McCartney 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Hardy 4-5 0-0 8. Totals: 24-62 5-12 59. 3-point field goals (6): VerWoert 3, Essy 2, Reel. Rebounds (28): VerWoert 5, Jo. Sloss 5, Hardy 5. Assists (17): Essy 4. Steals (2): Essy, VerWoert. Blocks: None.

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