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Raiders roll past Comets in HOIC clash

BAXTER – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ basketball team used an efficient offensive attack and a disruptive defense go blow past North Polk by a 60-43 score Dec. 17 in Baxter.

CMB scored 16 points in each of the first three quarters. That helped the Raiders build an 18-point lead, allowing them to coast home over the final eight minutes to earn their fourth-straight win and improve to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

The Raiders shot 51 percent from the field and made 12 of 17 free throws in the victory. On defense they forced 22 turnovers, posted a 26-25 rebounding advantage and held North Polk to 3 of 12 shooting from 3-point range.

Senior guard Austin Moorman had a huge night individually for the Raiders. Moorman scored a game-high 22 points after making 7 of 10 field goals, 2 of 4 3-pointers and 6 of 7 free throws; he also delivered three steals and two assists.

Bryce Kemp and Seth Balke also scored in double figures for CMB. Kemp had 14 points, six rebounds and one block, steal and assist apiece and Balke finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four steals.

North Polk dropped to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the HOIC. The Comets shot 39 percent from the field and made 8 of 15 free throws and they forced 14 turnovers.

Russell Greene had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for North Polk in the loss. Dillon McBee and Blake Brauer both netted eight points and Brauer added four rebounds and two assists for the Comets.

CMB 60, North Polk 43

NP 12 9 9 13 – 43

CMB 16 16 16 12 – 60

North Polk (43) – Russell Greene 6-1 2-6 14, Dillon McBee 2-4 2-2 8, Austin Hillebo 2-4 0-1 5, Ryley Sandberg 2-10 2-2 6, Blake Brauer 4-5 0-0 8, Brett Haun 0-3 1-2 1, Reed Smith 0-0 1-2 1, Hunter Dark 0-1 0-0 0, Chris Flynn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-41 8-15 43. 3-point field goals (3): McBee 2, Hillebo. Rebounds (25): Greene 9. Assists (8): Greene 4. Steals (6): Haun 3. Blocks: None.

CMB (60) – Jake Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Moorman 7-10 6-7 22, Joey Nissen 0-1 0-0 0, Tommy Galloway 2-9 0-0 5, Zach Samson 2-4 1-3 5, Colon Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Balke 3-5 5-7 12, Bryce Kemp 7-10 0-0 14, Mark Deutsch 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Stover 0-1 0-0 0, Patrick Girard 1-3 0-0 2, Hunter Gunderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-43 12-17 60. 3-point field goals (4): Moorman 2, Galloway, Blake. Rebound (26): Kemp 6. Assists (10): Galloway 5. Steals (17): Balke 4, Girard 4. Blocks (2): Kemp, Girard.

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