West Marshall withstands Spartan rally
GRUNDY CENTER — A lull in free-throw shooting and tempo nearly cost West Marshall the game Friday night. But David Disney’s 17 points, coupled by Cameron Bannister’s 14, helped propel the Trojans away from a Grundy Center comeback in a 60-55 win.
Bryce Flater went for 23 points, making 11 field goals and 1-for-4 at the free-throw line, to help lead a late comeback. The Spartans trailed by 16 points at the end of the third quarter, but scored more points in the fourth period (28) than they did in the first three combined (27).
“We stopped moving on offense,” said West Marshall head coach Paul deNeui. “We got that lead, and we talked about how we keep that going. We just stopped moving and let them get back in it. I mean, hats off to them, they came back while some teams will just quit. They fought back and [Grundy Center head coach Joe Nelson] got them to fight back. They did a hellauva job.”
A 3-pointer from Mitchell Munson with less than 4 minutes, 30 seconds remaining started a comeback for Grundy Center (0-3, 0-3 NICL West), down 51-44. After a pair of buckets, Chase Boren came down off missed free throws to hit another 3, bringing the deficit to five at 56-51 with 1:23 to go.
After getting a stop on defense, a 3-pointer that missed was tipped in by Flater to make it a one-possession game (56-53) with a minute to play.
“It seems every game we have, we come out relaxed and we are a little staggered in the first half,” Nelson said. “We’re running through the motions. In the second half, we realize we need to find a sense of urgency and we tend to kick it into gear. We gave ourselves a chance tonight, but we’ve got to go a possession at a time, get some stops and we were in it. The ball didn’t roll our way tonight, and sometimes that’s the way it goes.”
Bannister made his free throws down the stretch, putting the Trojans ahead 59-53. And after a Flater and-one opportunity didn’t go, the rest was history, giving the Trojans their first win of the year.
It hasn’t been an easy course to navigate, however. The Trojans have faced — and lost to — 2A No. 8 South Hamilton, 1A No. 1 Gladbrook-Reinbeck, AGWSR and East Marshall in their first four games this year.
“The boys are ecstatic,” deNeui said. “But, I had to remind them we play again [today]. But enjoy the moment, and tomorrow morning we’ll start focusing on our next game. And I really think they will. They really want to go in the right direction.”
Early on, the Trojans stretched a seven-point lead to a 28-15 lead at halftime. DeNeui said the Trojans did a fine job on both ends of the floor, executing their game plan and getting out to run the floor.
“We got to their shooters on the perimeter on defense, and on offense we moved,” deNeui said. “We didn’t stand around. The last couple games we’ve been standing around on offense. We changed a few things on offense to get us moving and it paid off.”
West Marshall made four 3-pointers but made 19 field goals overall. 10-for-19 at the free-throw line was a long way from perfect, but it was enough to get the job done.
Alex Dickey had two of the Trojans’ four 3-pointers, while David Disney had seven field goals to help pace him along. Bannister was 3-for-4 from the charity stripe, including two big ones down the stretch.
Grundy Center knocked in six 3-pointers and 22 field goals altogether. Flater owned 11 of them and Boren canned three 3s on the night. As a team, the Spartans were 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.
West Marshall hosts Colo-NESCO today, tipping off at 4 p.m., while Grundy Center will head to No. 1 Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday, before hosting Sumner-Fredericksburg on Friday.
West Marshall 60, Grundy Center 55
WEST MARSHALL (1-5, 1-2) — Beau Coberley 2 2-4 6, Alex Dickey 4 1-4 11, Cole Baccam 1 0-0 2, Cameron Bannister 5 3-4 14, David Disney 7 3-6 17, Chandler Sponseller 1 0-0 2, Josh Larsen 2 1-1 5, Joe Halverson 1 0-0 3. TOTALS 23 10-19 60.
GRUNDY CENTER (0-3, 0-3) — Drew Rathe 0 0-0 0, Jared Krausman 3 0-0 8, Chase Boren 4 2-2 13, Bryce Flater 11 1-4 23, Braiden Buhrow 0 2-2 2, Jake Bangasser 0 0-0 0, Sage Klar 3 0-1 6, Finn Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Munson 1 0-0 3, Cade Rohler 0 0-0 0, Tanner Appel 0 0-0 0, Cameron Stenock 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 22 5-9 55.
W. MARSHALL 13 15 15 17 — 60
GRUNDY CTR. 6 9 12 28 — 55
3-Point Goals–WM 4 (Dickey 2, Bannister, Halverson), GC 6 (Boren 3, Krausman 2, Munson). Total Fouls–WM 11, GC 18.