Area boys basketball
East Union 29
AFTON — Martensdale-St. Marys built a 33-17 lead in the first half on its way to a 60-29 win over East Union here on Friday.
“Poor execution, lack of ball security and low levels of defensive interest made for a quick hole to climb out of in the first quarter and half,” head coach Thad Tussey said.
Trevor Barnett led East Union with seven points, while Cole Campbell added six points. Dustin Hoyt and Mason Gossman each scored four points. Gabe Nixon chipped in three points, as did Sean Schmitz. Jesse Akers scored two points.
Pleasantville 50, Lenox 45
PLEASANTVILLE — Lenox held a 39-34 lead after three quarters, but scored just two points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter in a 50-45 loss here on Friday.
Trevor Zoss shot 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final minute of the game to seal the victory for Pleasantville.
Spencer Brown scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Lenox, while Todd Stoaks also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Caleb Lange scored 12 points with five rebounds, while Francisco Martinez scored two points and Dustin Gordon added one point with five assists.
Interstate 35 60, Southwest Valley 55
CORNING — Southwest Valley chipped away at Interstate 35’s lead here on Friday, but came up short in its comeback attempt, falling 60-55.
“We played a very competitive game,” head coach Jim Obermeier said. “The difference was in the second quarter when defensively, we got lost three or four times and didn’t stop I-35’s dribble penetration to the basket.”
Keegan Longabaugh had a big game for the Timberwolves, scoring 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the floor to go with 12 rebounds. Nick Spring added 11 points with five boards.
Evan Baldwin chipped in five points, while Scott Vanderhoof scored four points. Colten Drake grabbed five rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Clarinda 75, Southwest Valley 52
CLARINDA — Clarinda shot 9-of-14 from behind the 3-point line in a big first half that saw the Cardinals build a 54-27 lead over Southwest Valley in a 75-52 win here on Saturday.
“We settled down defensively, closed on shooters better and held them to only one made three the second half,” head coach Jim Obermeier said. “Scott Vanderhoof moved from his post position to a perimeter position in the game and responded with six made threes. His improvement in shooting should hopefully allow us some more flexibility on offense the rest of the season.”
Vanderhoof finished with 20 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves. Colten Drake added 11 points with three boards. Keegan Longabaugh scored five points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Gunnar McCuen scored five points with four steals. Evan Baldwin added three points, as did Nick Spring. Spring also grabbed six rebounds.
Mount Ayr 60,
SE Warren 22
LIBERTY CENTER — Mount Ayr held Southeast Warren scoreless in the first quarter here Friday, helping to offset the Raiders’ slow start in a 60-22 win.
“We didn’t really get off to a great start tonight, but after they were challenged during our first timeout, we snapped back and really did a nice job on the offensive end,” head coach Bret Ruggles said. “We still have some things to shore up on the defensive end, but we did a great job tonight running the floor and getting into the lane.”
Jack Jones scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor to lead Mount Ayr. Jake Sobotka added six points with a team-high 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.
Caleb Schnoor scored six points with five boards, while Kyle Dolecheck added six points and five rebounds. Riley Weehler dished out four assists. Jake Ricker scored four points.