BCLUW topples GMG for second victory

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW junior Jack Garber (11) pulls up for a shot just outside the paint while GMG sophomore Adam Cox attempts to contest during the Comets’ 71-57 win over the Wolverines in Garwin on Saturday.

GARWIN — For only the second time this season, the BCLUW boys basketball team found itself on the winning side of a game with a 71-57 victory over GMG on Saturday night.

It was arguably the best game the Comets have played this season too, as five players finished the night in the double-digit scoring column, led by junior Jack Garber with 18 points.

After the win, Garber said he was able to succeed so much against the Wolverines because the whole team showed up to play.

“I thought I played a lot better than I usually do and that’s because everyone else was doing their job too,” Garber said. “When I wasn’t able to go up I was able to find someone else and that’s what I thought, everyone was doing the right stuff and being where they needed to be and that helped.”

Joining Garber in the double digits was Jonny Neff with 14 points, Logan Mann with 14, Mason Yantis with 13 and Treye Teske with 11.

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BCLUW head coach Luke Higgins said he needs to see that kind of even scoring from his guys moving forward if they want to experience more wins.

“That’s what we need from our guys, to just have that even scoring, and I thought our intensity was up all night tonight,” Higgins said. “In the South Hardin game on Tuesday it was also the same, so we just have to build off a win like this and continue on. We have Grundy Center coming up and that’s a game that we can win. If we play like we did tonight we will be right in there.”

Though the Comets (2-11) lost to South Hardin last Tuesday, both Higgins and Garber agreed that the team experienced a little bit of a turning point in the 73-61 defeat. Garber said the main difference is the team is better about actually playing a full game now.

“We have been playing a lot of games but haven’t been able to put it all together,” he said. “We’ve played parts of games and it seems like the last few games we’ve been able to put it together a lot more.”

Though the Wolverines (5-7) lost their fifth-straight game on Saturday night, there were a few good individual performances from GMG. Brayden Petersen led the team with 17 points, while Brock Baldazo had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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GMG head coach Michael Plett said what has hurt his team in this recent skid has been a lack of execution on the defensive end, and that needs to change quickly if the Wolverines want to get back on track.

“We have to improve defensively, I am sure 71 points is the most Conrad has scored this year, and that seems to be a common theme here,” Plett said. “We have to get that fixed or we have no chance to win a game for the rest of the year basically. It starts with on-the-ball defense and it finishes with help-side defense and rotations and communication, all those types of things. We have to get that fixed.”

The 71 points was the best offensive game of the season so far for BCLUW, tied with their only other win this year, a similar 71-57 victory over North Tama. The Comets have a shot at a third win in their next game, as they play the 1-12 Grundy Center boys in an NICL West Division battle at home on Friday.

Higgins said in order to secure a victory over the Spartans, his guys have to play a good all-around game like they did on Saturday night, especially on the defensive end.

“We’ve been working on that a lot, the biggest problem is we just weren’t finding bodies and they were getting second-chance points, and that’s honestly where a lot of their points were coming from, getting easy putbacks,” Higgins said. “We have to clean that up a little bit, but it’s a lot more fun working on something after a win than a loss.”

BCLUW 71, GMG 57

At Garwin

BCLUW (2-11) — Jack Garber 7 4-8 18, Treye Teske 2 7-9 11, Logan Mann 6 1-1 14, Jonny Neff 7 1-6 15, Keegan Rhinehart 0 0-0 0, Jesse Moore 0 0-0 0, Mason Yantis 5 3-3 13. TOTALS 27 16-27 71.

GMG (5-7) — Aaron Fleming 2 4-6 8, Brock Baldazo 5 2-6 12, Brayden Petersen 6 2-2 17, Blaze Krull 2 0-0 6, Hunter Smoldt 3 0-0 6, Justin Savadty 0 0-0 0, Kolton Gill 3 0-0 8, Adam Cox 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21 8-14 57.

BCLUW 18 19 14 20 — 71

GMG 13 15 12 17 — 57

3-Point Goals–BCLUW 1 (Mann), GMG 7 (Petersen 33, Gill and Krull 2). Total Fouls–BCLUW 13, GMG 19. Fouled Out–Baldazo, Krull.