Lenox 62, Red Oak 59
RED OAK — After Red Oak caught fire from behind the 3-point arc in the first quarter, Lenox slowly but steadily chipped away at the lead in a 62-59 win over Red Oak here on Friday.
Red Oak knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first quarter and led Lenox 36-15 with 4:00 to go in the first half.
But, Lenox outscored Red Oak 13-4 over the final four minutes of the half, cutting the lead to 40-28 at halftime.
Lenox still trailed 57-51 midway through the fourth quarter, but finally took the lead with 1:00 to go at 60-59 and a pair of free throws in the final minute gave Lenox the 62-59 win.
Caleb Lange had a big game for Lenox with 37 points and six rebounds. Spencer Brown recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards. Todd Stoaks finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Dawson Tullberg scored one point and dished out four assists, while Dustin Gordon finished with one point, five assists and three rebounds.
O-M 53, East Union 50
ORIENT — Orient-Macksburg survived for a 53-50 win over East Union in Thad Tussey's first game as an opposing coach against the Bulldogs here on Friday.
After taking a 31-26 lead into the fourth quarter, Orient-Macksburg saw that lead slip away as East Union outscored the Bulldogs 14-9 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
But the Bulldogs outscored East Union 13-10 in the overtime period for the 53-50 win.
"Too many self-inflicted mistakes," Tussey said. "Poor execution on both ends, missed easy shots, missed free throws, silly tunovers and giving up offensive rebounds do not lead to wins."
Cole Campbell and Trevor Barnett both scored 14 points for East Union, while Dustin Hoyt added 10. Sean Schmitz chipped in six points, while Gabe Nixon scored four and Mason Gossman added two.
Dylan Nichols led Orient-Macksburg with 17 points, while Chantz Davidson scored 15. Jordan Thompson finished with 12 points. Jesse Johnson dropped in five and James Sullivan contributed four points.
Kuemper Catholic 65, Nodaway Valley 52
CARROLL — Carroll Kuemper Catholic jumped out to a 49-33 halftime lead in knocking off Pride of Iowa Conference champion Nodaway Valley here on Friday, 65-52.
Alex Gunnerson scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half, knocking down four 3-pointers to help propel the Knights.
Nodaway Valley held Kuemper's two leading scorers — Cole Neary and Sam Brincks — to just 10 points apiece in the loss.
The Wolverines were led by Jackson Lamb with 17 points and nine rebounds and TJ Bower with 14 points. Zach Plymesser chipped in six points, while Mason Clarke scored five. Delson Grantham netted four points, as Nate Andrews, Caleb Mueller and Tanner Armstrong each scored two points.
Grantham grabbed 10 rebounds and finished with three steals, while Lamb dished out four assists.
Nodaway Valley opens district play 8 p.m. Thursday at home against CAM, which defeated Stanton 63-47 Monday in the district opener.
Mormon Trail 71, O-M 57
ORIENT — A 24-10 first quarter was the difference in an otherwise even game here Saturday between Orient-Macksburg and Mormon Trail, as the Saints knocked off the Bulldogs.
Jordan Thompson shots 11-of-14 from the free throw line in scoring a team-high 26 points for the Bulldogs. Dylan Nichols added 16 points and Chantz Davidson scored 10 points.
Wyatt Hensley netted three points and Seth White added two for Orient-Macksburg.
Orient-Macksburg opens district play 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Griswold against Guthrie Center.