TRAER - With the battle for Iowa Star Conference supremacy postponed yet again, the North Tama boys' basketball team received a worthy challenge from a South Division foe.
GMG led 11-8 early but could not keep pace as the Class 1A No. 7-ranked Redhawks scored a 57-45 conference victory here Tuesday night.
Mitchell Boerm had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead North Tama (19-1, 15-0), which has long since secured the South Division crown. Dalton Hulme added 16 points, Nolan Hefty had seven points and six boards, and Brent Billerbeck chipped in six points in the Redhawks' ninth straight win.
The Iowa Star title will come down to a clash with No. 9 Dunkerton, a meeting that on Monday night was postponed for the second time. The two teams are scheduled to try again next Monday in Traer.
GMG (9-8, 8-6) gained the early lead but could not play catch-up at the end when forced to foul. Chad Plaehn and Luke Petty both tallied 13 points to lead the Wolverines, while Brock Fisher had 10 points and five rebounds.
Blake Warren had seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and Austin Vaughn added six boards for GMG, which had won five of six coming in.
The Wolverines go on the road Thursday to face Cedar Valley Christian and host CAL on Friday. North Tama hosts Dunkerton Monday and closes out the regular season next Tuesday at Union Community in La Porte City.
South Hardin 54, Grundy Center 50
GRUNDY CENTER - South Hardin (6-12, 4-9) snapped an eight-game losing streak with a come-from-behind, 54-50 victory over Grundy Center in NICL West Division action.
The Tigers outscored Grundy Center 24-13 in the fourth quarter to rally back from a 37-30 deficit.
Dylan Lyman led the host Spartans (5-14, 3-10) with 18 points. Brady Hook had nine points and nine rebounds, Ryon Appel added eight points, Riley Wells added six points and seven rebounds, and Elliot Eggleston tallied five points, eight assists and three steals.