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CMB whips Rams, Cubs

JEFFERSON – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ basketball team used an efficient offensive attack to roll past Greene County by a 64-46 score Friday in Jefferson.

The Raiders shot 51 percent from the field, 55 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the line to pick up their third-straight victory and improve to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

CMB did most of its damage in the first half. The Raiders led by seven after one quarter and a 20-point second quarter increased their advantage to 37-20 at the half.

Seth Balke was the hottest shooter for CMB on the night. Balke scored a game-high 20 points after making 6 of 8 field goals, 3 of 4 3-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws and he also pulled down eight rebounds.

Zach Samson posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Tommy Galloway had 12 points and two steals; Bryce Kemp finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks and Austin Moorman had eight points and four assists for the Raiders.

Greene County shot just 36 percent from the line and made only 8 of 18 free throws. The Rams also struggled on the boards as CMB held a 31-13 rebounding advantage.

Trey Tucker, Riah Nelson and Mitchell Gorsutch each scored eight points for Greene County in the loss. Nelson also had five rebounds and Tucker dished out three assists.

CMB 64, Greene County 46

CMB 17 20 10 17 – 64

GC 10 10 11 15 – 46

CMB (64) – Austin Moorman 3-7 1-2 8, Tommy Galloway 5-8 0-0 12, Zach Samson 6-9 1-1 13, Seth Balke 6-8 5-6 20, Bryce Kemp 4-8 2-3 10, Jake Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Nissen 0-0 0-0 0, Colin Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Gunderson 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Stover 0-4 1-1 1, Mark Deutsch 0-0 0-0 0, Brad Ritter 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Girard 0-2 1-1 1. Totals: 23-45 12-15 64. 3-point field goals (6): Balke 3, Galloway 2, Moorman. Rebounds (31): Samson 12. Assists (12): Moorman 4. Steals (4): Galloway 2. Blocks (6): Kemp 5.

Greene County (46) – Landon Braun 2-9 0-0 5, Trey Tucker 3-6 1-4 8, Tyler Beger 2-4 0-0 6, Reid Lamoureaux 1-4 0-0 2, Max Neese 2-5 0-1 4, Riah Nelson 2-7 4-7 8, Will Meinecke 1-2 0-0 2, Mitchell Gorsutch 3-7 0-0 8, Sico Boateng 0-1 3-4 3, Wesley Tipton 0-0 0-2 0, Conner Wilkens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-45 8-18 46. 3-point field goals (6): Beger 2, Gorsutch 2, Braun, Tucker. Rebounds (13): Nelson 5. Assists (10): Tucker 3. Steals (10): Meinecke 3. Blocks: None.

NEVADA – A dominant stretch over the second and third quarters helped Collins-Maxwell-Baxter easily dispose of Nevada Dec. 10 at the Nevada High School Field House, as the Raiders prevailed by a 52-36 score for their first Heart of Iowa Conference victory.

CMB fell behind 8-2 to start the game, but thanks to a brilliant defensive effort, the Raiders forged ahead by a 26-15 score at the half.

The momentum continued to go CMB’s way in the third quarter. The Raiders used a 9-0 run to go up by 18, and by the end of the quarter, they held their biggest lead at 42-22 to wrap up the game early.

“I thought our defense was really good most of the game,” CMB head coach Scott Brummel said. “I thought our zone was probably the difference in the game.”

The Raiders held Nevada to just nine field goals and 25-percent shooting from the field. CMB also dominated the boards – nearly doubling Nevada’s rebounding effort with 34 rebounds to the Cubs’ 18.

The victory was CMB’s second in a row after a 0-2 start. Brummel – in his first year as head coach at CMB – said it is nice to see his players find some success as the program has struggled for several years to put wins on the board.

“It’s good for these guys to feel what it’s like to finish games,” Brummel said. “We finished last Saturday (against Colo-Nesco) and we finished tonight. I think that’s good for the guys to see what that feels like as we go forward.”

Bryce Kemp led CMB with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

“I played a little more aggressive and I didn’t feel like they were on me tight in the man (defense),” Kemp said. “But if my teammates didn’t get me the ball, I wouldn’t have had the game I had.”

After opening the season with losses to Saydel and Gilbert Kemp said things are starting to come around for his team.

“We’re just trying to get everything figured out,” Kemp said. “Colo-Nesco wasn’t the best game, but we started to get things figured out. We had a nice practice on Monday and now we’ve got things clicking.”

Tommy Galloway scored 11 points and dished out two assists. Zach Samson had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists and Seth Balke finished with eight points, six rebounds and two steals.

Cole Gidel hit four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points to lead Nevada. Riley Huhn had seven points, seven rebounds and four steals and Alex Merfeld chipped in six points for the Cubs, who dropped to 1-2 both overall and in the conference.

CMB 52, Nevada 36

CMB 15 11 14 12 – 52

N 12 3 10 11 – 36

CMB (52) – Jake Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Moorman 2-6 0-0 4, Joey Nissen 0-1 0-0 0, Tommy Galloway 2-8 6-11 11, Zach Samson 5-7 0-0 10, Colon Thomson 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Balke 2-2 4-5 8, Bryce Kemp 4-6 9-10 17, Mark Deutsch 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Stover 0-1 0-0 0, Patrick Girard 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 15-32 21-28 52. 3-point field goals (1): Galloway. Rebounds (34): Kemp 11. Assists (8): Galloway 2, Samson 2, Kemp 2. Steals (7): Balke 2, Kemp 2. Blocks (1): Moorman.

Nevada (36) – Cole Gidel 4-10 1-2 13, Patrick Stephenson 0-3 0-0 0, Riley Huhn 1-5 5-8 7, T.J. Fey 0-2 0-0 0, Duncan Westphal 1-4 0-0 3, Zach Hansen 1-4 2-2 5, Alex Merfeld 2-7 2-3 6, Jake Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, A.J. Strottman 0-1 2-4 2, Jake Kapustka 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-36 12-19 36. 3-point field goals (6): Gidel 4, Westphal, Hansen. Rebounds (18): Huhn 7. Assists (5): Fey 2. Steals (6): Huhn 4. Blocks: None.w

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