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Raider boys surge to 12-3

CMB’s Patrick Girard powers up a shot between Nevada’s Jake Barker (left) and A.J. Strottman during the Raiders’ 51-43 victory over the Cubs Jan. 21 in Baxter. The victory put the Raiders at 11-3 on the season. Photo by Joe Randleman
CMB’s Patrick Girard powers up a shot between Nevada’s Jake Barker (left) and A.J. Strottman during the Raiders’ 51-43 victory over the Cubs Jan. 21 in Baxter. The victory put the Raiders at 11-3 on the season. Photo by Joe Randleman
Bryce Kemp goes for a reverse layup during the second half of the Raiders’ 51-43 win over Nevada Jan. 21 in Baxter. Kemp led CMB with 13 points. Photo by Joe Randleman
Bryce Kemp goes for a reverse layup during the second half of the Raiders’ 51-43 win over Nevada Jan. 21 in Baxter. Kemp led CMB with 13 points. Photo by Joe Randleman
CMB’s Seth Balke controls the ball during the first half of the Raiders’ game with Nevada. Photo by Joe Randleman
CMB’s Seth Balke controls the ball during the first half of the Raiders’ game with Nevada. Photo by Joe Randleman

BAXTER – There was no stopping the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ basketball team Friday in Baxter as the red-hot Raiders blew past Greene County by an 87-57 score for their sixth-straight victory.

CMB, which has won 12 of its last 13 games, put away Greene County early.

The Raiders held the Rams to just three points in the first quarter to build a 16-point lead. A big offensive surge in the second quarter gave the Raiders a huge 46-20 lead to put the game away early as they improved to 12-3 overall and 9-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

CMB shot 54 percent from the field, held Greene County to 31-percent shooting and doubled the Rams in rebounds, 44-22. The game went so well for CMB that all 13 Raider players ended up scoring on the night.

Bryce Kemp had 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and one block and Austin Moorman netted 16 points after making 6 of 8 shots and all three of his 3-point attempts to lead CMB. Seth Balke also put up 15 points and dished out three assists and Zach Samson chimed in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Trey Tucker put up a game-high 24 points for Greene County in a losing effort. Max Neese added 10 points, four rebounds and one block for the Rams.

CMB 87, Greene County 57

GC 3 17 15 22 – 57

CMB 19 27 22 19 – 87

Greene County (57) – Landon Braun 1-11 0-0 3, Trey Tucker 6-12 11-2 24, Tyler Beger 1-2 5-7 7, Ried Lamoureux 0-0 3-4 3, Max Neese 4-10 2-4 10, Riah Nelson 1-1 1-2 3, Will Meinecke 0-3 2-4 2, Mitchell Gorsutch 0-4 0-0 0, Sico Boateng 1-4 0-0 2, Conner Wilkens 1-2 1-1 3. Totals: 15-49 25-34 57. 3-point field goals (2): Braun, Tucker. Rebounds (22): Nelson 6. Assists (6): Braun 2. Steals (9): Braun 3. Blocks (1): Neese.

CMB (87) – Jake Stratton 0-0 2-4 2, Austin Moorman 6-8 1-1 16, Joey Nissen 1-3 2-2 5, Tommy Galloway 1-4 2-2 4, Zach Samson 5-7 1-2 11, Colon Thompson 2-2 0-0 4, Seth Balke 3-7 7-8 15, Bryce Kemp 6-12 3-4 15, Mark Deutsch 1-2 2-3 4, Brady Stover 1-3 0-1 2, Patrick Girard 2-5 1-1 5, Hunter Gunderson 1-2 0-0 2, Brad Ritter 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 30-56 21-28 87. 3-point field goals (6): Moorman 3, Balke 2, Nissen. Rebounds (44): Kemp 16. Assists (18): Kemp 5. Steals (3): Moorman, Balke, Gunderson. Blocks (3): Kemp, Girard, Gunderson.

BAXTER – A big third quarter helped Collins-Maxwell-Baxter fend off a pesky Nevada team Jan. 21 in Baxter as the Raiders railed from a halftime deficit to defeat the Cubs, 51-43.

CMB (11-3, 8-3) was flat out of the gate against a quick and aggressive Nevada team. The Raiders trailed 15-8 early in the second quarter.

“Nevada came out on fire,” CMB senior Bryce Kemp. “We just didn’t come out ready to play.”

By halftime CMB had slowed down the Cubs a bit, but the Raiders still trailed by a 24-20 margin.

In the second half CMB came out much more focused defensively.

The Raiders opened the half with a 6-2 run to tie the score. Tommy Galloway then drilled a 3-pointer at the one-minute, 54-second mark off an assist from Austin Moorman to give CMB a 29-26 lead.

Patrick Girard added a basket inside and then Moorman capped the big quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put CMB up 34-26. Defense was the driving force behind CMB’s success in the third quarter as Nevada only put up two points in the period.

“Our defense really stepped it up,” Kemp said. “At halftime coach (Scott Brummel) gave us a good speech, and we all decided we had to go out and leave it all on the court. The key was switching to the 2-3 (zone) so they couldn’t drive in on us as much. They weren’t hitting their outside shots as much as they normally do, which helped us.”

Nevada closed within 34-30 early in the fourth quarter after Cole Gidel drilled a 3-pointer and Alex Merfeld hit 1 of 2 free throws. But Kemp hit back-to-back baskets, and after a Merfeld free throw, Galloway drilled a 3-pointer to put CMB up 10.

The Raiders eventually pushed their lead to 14 points with 41 seconds left. Nevada scored eight points over the final 40 seconds, but it was far too little, too late for the Cubs.

Kemp finished with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting and he added four rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Kemp had to sit for a large chunk of time in the first half after picking up two early fouls, but he came back with nine points in the second half.

Galloway ended up with 11 points and three assists and Moorman had eight points and three assists. Zach Samson tacked on four points and eight rebounds and Joey Nissen hit two 3-pointers to finish with six points.

Seth Balke added two points, six rebounds and three assists; Brady Stover scored five points and Girard tallied three blocks, two assists and two points, helping CMB earn its 11th victory of the season.

“That’s the best CMB has done in a long time,” Kemp said. “We’re clicking right now and we’re having fun.”

Merfeld led Nevada with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals. T.J. Fey added seven points, eight rebounds and three assists and Gidel tacked on six points and two assists for the Cubs, who fell to 2-9 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

CMB 51, Nevada 43

N 13 11 2 17 – 43

CMB 6 14 14 17 – 51

Nevada (43) – Cole Gidel 2-9 1-2 6, Patrick Stephenson 2-4 0-0 5, Riley Huhn 2-6 1-2 5, T.J. Fey 3-5 1-2 7, Zach Hansen 1-4 1-2 4, Alex Merfeld 4-5 3-5 11, Jake Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett Thompson 1-1 0-1 3, A.J. Strottman 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 16-37 7-14 43. 3-point field goals (4): Gidel, Stephenson, Hansen, Thompson. Rebounds (21): Fey 8. Assists (8): Fey 3. Steals (7): Barker 3. Blocks: None.

CMB (51) – Austin Moorman 1-6 5-6 8, Joey Nissen 2-3 0-1 6, Tommy Galloway 2-4 5-6 11, Zach Samson 1-4 2-4 4, Seth Balke 1-2 0-0 2, Bryce Kemp 5-8 3-4 13, Brady Stover 2-3 0-0 5, Patrick Girard 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 15-31 15-21 51. 3-point field goals (6): Nissen 2, Galloway 2, Moorman, Stover. Rebounds (22): Samson 8. Assists (13): Moorman 3, Galloway 3, Balke 3. Steals (4): Kemp 3. Blocks (5): Girard 3.

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