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No. 7 Mustangs too much for Comet boys

Max Karpinski scored four points in North Polk’s home loss to No. 7 (Class 2A) Prairie City-Monroe Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman
Max Karpinski scored four points in North Polk’s home loss to No. 7 (Class 2A) Prairie City-Monroe Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman
North Polk’s Reed Smith goes up for a shot during the Comets’ game with PCM Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman
North Polk’s Reed Smith goes up for a shot during the Comets’ game with PCM Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman

ALLEMAN – The first game back from Christmas break was a rude awakening for the North Polk boys’ basketball team Friday at Alleman as the Comets went up against undefeated Prairie City-Monroe and suffered a 68-29 loss.

North Polk seized a 6-3 lead in the opening minutes following a three-point play from Russell Greene, and the Comets were still within 9-8 midway through the opening quarter. But PCM – the No. 7 team in Class 2A – dominated the rest of the game.

With a big edge in size and athleticism, the Mustangs pounded the Comets the rest of the way as North Polk dropped to 2-6 on the season and 2-4 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

“The first part of the first quarter we did OK; then things didn’t go our way and we didn’t respond very well,” North Polk head coach Tron Scott said. “Their coach (Fred Lorensen) does a great job – he’s a great coach.”

North Polk trailed 35-14 at the half. The game complete got away from the Comets in the second half as PCM put up the first seven points of the half and led by as many as 43 points.

“We missed a few shots and our confidence leaked away,” Scott said. “We just have to keep working hard and build one step at a time.”

North Polk shot just 29 percent from the field and the Comets had 21 turnovers. PCM made 51 percent of its shots and 11 of 12 free throws and the Mustangs only had 10 turnovers.

Ryley Sandberg had seven points, three rebounds and one steal and Austin Hillebo hit two 3-pointers and finished with six points, one assist and one steal for the Comets. Russell Greene and Dillon McBee each added three points and Blake Brauer had two points, four rebounds and two assists for North Polk.

Dillon Bruxvoort paced PCM (7-0, 6-0) with 19 points and he added five rebounds, two steals and one block. Logan Gilman tallied 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals and Ryan Jennings had 12 points for the Mustangs.

PCM 68, North Polk 29

PCM 19 16 17 16 – 68

NP 8 6 8 7 – 29

PCM (68) – Zach Uhlenhopp 2-5 3-3 7, Tory Vittetoe 1-2 0-0 3, Trey Lindsay 1-3 0-0 3, Ricky Reeve 2-2 1-1 5, Ryan Jennings 4-6 2-2 12, Devon Woody 1-4 0-0 2, Dillon Bruxvoort 7-10 5-6 19, Logan Gilman 8-13 0-0 17, Tyler Espenscheid 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Kuening 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Warrick 0-1 0-0 0, Carson King 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Townsend 0-1 0-0 0, Joe DeReus 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-51 11-12 68. 3-point field goals (5): Jennings 2, Vittetoe, Lindsay, Gilman. Rebounds (24): Uhlenhopp 7. Assists (17): Gilman 4. Steals (12): Uhlenhopp 3, Lindsay 3. Blocks (1): Bruxvoort.

North Polk (29) – Ryley Sandberg 2-5 2-2 7, Austin Hillebo 2-5 0-0 6, Max Karpinski 2-4 0-0 4, Russell Greene 1-4 1-1 3, Dillon McBee 1-2 0-0 3, Blake Brauer 1-7 0-0 2, Hunter Dark 1-2 0-0 2, Jonah Claussen 1-3 0-0 2, Chris Flynn 0-2 0-0 0, Brett Haun 0-1 0-0 0, Reed Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Rampton 0-1 0-1 0, Patrick Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-38 3-4 29. 3-point field goals (4): Hillebo 2, Sandberg, McBee. Rebounds (15): Brauer 4. Assists (7): Brauer 2. Steals (5): Sandberg, Hillebo, Karpinski, Greene, Dark. Blocks: None.

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