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NP boys lose to hot-shooting Saydel, 65-54

ALLEMAN – A hot-shooting Saydel team proved too much for the North Polk boys’ basketball team Friday in Alleman; the Comets could never slow down the Eagles in a 65-54 loss.

Saydel shot 57 percent from the field and the Eagles were 22 of 29 from the foul line. North Polk shot 45 percent from the field and the Comets struggled from the line, only making 8 of 19 free throws.

Turnovers were also a problem as North Polk committed 18 miscues to Saydel’s 12. The Comets did win the rebounding battle by a 25-20 margin and they made six 3-pointers to Saydel’s three.

North Polk was especially sluggish in the first half as Saydel led 32-22 at the break. The Comets did a little better offensively in the third quarter, but Saydel put up 20 points in the period to increase its lead to 16 points.

The fourth quarter saw the Comets finish strong with 18 points over the final eight minutes. But they simply had too much ground to make up, falling to 7-10 on the season and 7-7 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Russell Greene posted a double-double in a losing cause for North Polk. Greene made 9 of 12 field goals to finish with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Blake Brauer hit two 3-pointers and ended up with 10 points and two rebounds for the Comets. Ryley Sandberg added eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

Saydel 65, North Polk 54

S 15 17 20 13 – 65

NP 12 10 14 18 – 54

North Polk (54) – Grant Rampton 1-1 0-0 3, Reed Smith 2-4 0-4 4, Max Karpinski 0-1 2-4 2, Dillon McBee 1-2 0-0 2, Chris Flynn 1-3 0-0 3, Ryley Sandberg 3-5 1-2 8, Austin Hillebo 0-2 0-1 0, Russell Greene 9-12 3-6 21, Berke Osborne 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Brett Haun 0-5 0-0 0, Blake Brauer 3-7 2-2 10. Totals: 20-44 8-19 54. 3-point field goals (6): Brauer 2, Rampton, McBee, Flynn, Sandberg. Rebounds (25): Greene 10. Assists (11): Sandberg 3. Steals (8): Smith 2, Hillebo 2, Greene 2. Blocks: None.

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