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Comets blow past Norse, 71-58

STORY CITY – A huge finish secured a big road victory for the North Polk boys’ basketball team over Roland-Story Friday in Story City.

The Comets scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind for an impressive 71-58 victory.

North Polk trailed 30-26 at the half. The inched to within one by the end of the third quarter and then really started clicking over the final eight minutes.

In addition to stepping up on offense in the fourth quarter, the Comets also held Roland-Story to just 12 points in the period, pulling away and earning their fourth win in five games. The victory put North Polk at 6-7 overall and 6-4 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

North Polk used dominant rebounding and a strong showing at the line to get past Roland-Story. The Comets outrebounded the Norsemen by a huge 41-24 margin and they also made 23 of 31 free throws, compared to 13 of 21 at the line by Roland-Story.

The Comets also shot 46 percent from the field and made six 3-pointers. They held the Norsemen to 38-percent shooting, including just a 3 of 16 showing from downtown.

Brett Haun, Blake Brauer and Russell Greene were the key individual performers for North Polk in the win. Haun had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Brauer finished with 20 points and Greene produced 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Austin Hillebo added nine points, Dillon McBee scored five and Reed Smith ended up with two points, six rebounds and two assists for the Comets.

Zach Hovick paced Roland-Story with 22 points and eight rebounds. Ben Clark added 18 points, three assists and two steals and Sam Miller chipped in 11 points for the Norse.

North Polk 71, Roland-Story 58

NP 8 18 19 26 – 71

R-S 12 18 16 12 – 58

North Polk (71) – Russell Greene 3-8 6-9 12, Brett Haun 7-11 8-10 22, Chris Flynn 0-0 0-0 0, Dillon McBee 1-2 2-2 5, Reed Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Austin Hillebo 3-7 1-2 9, Ryley Sandberg 0-0 0-0 0, Max Karpinski 0-1 1-2 1, Berke Osborne 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Brauer 6-12 5-6 20. Totals: 21-46 23-31 71. 3-point field goals (6): Brauer 3, Hillebo 2, McBee. Rebounds (41): Greene 15. Assists (6): Smith 2. Steals (2): McBee, Smith. Blocks: None.

Roland-Story (58) – Alex Urbanek 0-4 0-1 0, John Barclay 0-4 0-0 0, Ben Clark 6-11 4-5 18, Tyler Hovick 1-6 0-0 2, Zach Hovick 8-16 6-11 22, Sam Miller 5-6 0-0 11, Nick Ahrens 0-0 2-2 2, Adam Shorkey 1-9 1-2 3. Totals: 21-56 13-21 58. 3-point field goals (3): Clark 2, Miller. Rebounds (24): Z. Hovick 8. Assists (13): Urbanek 4. Steals (8): Clark 2, T. Hovick 2, Shorkey 2. Blocks (1): T. Hovick.

ALLEMAN – A big second half lifted North Polk to a 56-35 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over Colfax-Mingo Jan. 14 in Alleman.

The Comets only led an overmatched Tigerhawk team by four points at the half. But they started to turn things around in the third quarter, building a 40-30 lead.

Then in the fourth quarter, the Comets dominated to pull away for the decisive victory.

North Polk prevailed despite a poor shooting night from 3-point range and the free-throw line. The Comets only made 3 of 17 3-pointers and 9 of 24 free throws.

Turnovers played a big part in the win as the Comets came away with an impressive 20 steals on the night. North Polk also held Colfax-Mingo without a 3-point basket.

Russell Greene was huge inside for North Polk. The athletic forward put up 22 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field and he also ripped down 15 rebounds and came away with three steals.

Blake Brauer and Dillon McBee also scored in double figures for the Comets. Brauer had 12 points and McBee finished with 11.

Colin Lourens had 15 points and 16 rebounds in losing effort for Colfax-Mingo.

North Polk 56, Colfax-Mingo 35

C-M 9 12 9 5 – 35

NP 9 16 15 16 – 56

Colfax-Mingo (35) – Jared Myers 1-6 5-7 7, Blake Summy 0-3 0-0 0, Gabe Simpson 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Lietz 0-3 2-5 2, Jacob Buehrer 0-0 1-2 1, Kyle Breen 0-0 0-0 0, Marcus Tomlonovic 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Smith 3-10 0-1 6, Colin Lourens 6-10 3-7 15, Michael Deal 1-1 0-0 2, Nicholas Deal 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Borts 0-2 0-0 0, James Stoecker 1-3 0-2 2. Totals: 12-39 11-24 35. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (35): Lourens 16. Assists (5): Lietz 3. Steals (8): Smith 2, Lourens 2. Blocks (4): Smith 3.

North Polk (56) – Russell Greene 10-14 2-7 22, Brett Haun 2-7 0-1 6, Chris Flynn 0-0 0-2 0, Dillon McBee 4-6 3-4 11, Reed Smith 1-4 1-2 3, Hunter Dark 0-3 0-2 0, Austin Hillebo 0-6 1-2 1, Ryley Sandberg 0-3 1-2 1, Max Karpinski 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Grant Rampton 0-0 0-1 0, Berke Osborne 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Brauer 5-12 1-1 12. Totals: 22-56 9-24 56. 3-point field goals (3): Haun 2, Brauer. Rebounds (33): Greene 15. Assists (9): Hillebo 3. Steals (20): Smith 4, Hillebo 4. Blocks: None.

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