STATE CENTER - West Marshall raced to an early lead and the four-time defending NICL West Division champions remained unbeaten in league play with a 57-39 triumph over South Tama on Friday night.
Duncan Ferch had 20 points and three steals, Christian Vis tallied a career-high 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Matt Van Metre added 11 points and five boards as West Marshall (3-1) improved to 3-0 in conference play.
Vinny Lasley scored 12 points to pace South Tama (2-2, 2-1), which suffered its first league loss. Jose Fonseca chipped in with nine points and Clay Waterbury had five for the visiting Trojans.
West Marshall returns to its home court tonight for a non-conference contest against Colo-NESCO, while South Tama hosts South Hardin on Tuesday.
East Marshall 70, Grundy Center 52
LE GRAND - Ben Terrones poured in a career-high 25 points while Walker Steward and Mitch Berry both notched season highs as the East Marshall boys notched their first win of the season, 70-52, over NICL West foe Grundy Center.
Steward tallied 19 points and Berry 13 as the Mustangs (1-2, 1-2) prevailed. Nick Mommer added seven points, Josh Wilson had six, and Zack Johnson had a team-high nine rebounds.
Dylan Lyman charted 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Grundy Center (0-4, 0-3). Ryon Appel had nine points, and Riley Wells and Lane Bangasser both chipped in six points.
Colo-NESCO 63, GMG 57, OT
GARWIN - Colo-NESCO won the overtime battle by an 8-2 margin to spurn GMG's comeback, 63-57, in Friday's Iowa Star Conference thriller.
GMG's Luke Petty made a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation to force overtime, but the visiting Royals ran away with it from there. Brandyn Niemeyer scored a career-high 27 points and had 12 rebounds and four steals to lead Colo-NESCO (3-2, 3-1) to victory.
J.T. Adams contributed 15 points and Cole Osbun had nine for the Royals, who play tonight at West Marshall.
Brock Fisher had a career-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds for GMG (2-1, 2-1), which suffered its first loss. Petty finished with 17 points, Chad Plaehn had 10 and Austin Vaughn eight. Blake Warren was limited to two points but led the Wolverines with nine boards.
GMG also plays on the road tonight, going to Eldora to face South Hardin.