D-NH boys hold off rival A-P

The Dike-New Hartford student section mobs the boys basketball team after a 53-50 victory against Aplington-Parkersburg in Dike on Monday night. (Jake Ryder photo)

DIKE – Greg Moore didn't want Cade Fuller and the Dike-New Hartford boys basketball team to settle for jump shots.


Down by 3 to Aplington-Parkersburg at halftime of Monday night's game, the boys head coach told Fuller and the Wolverines in the locker room to take the fight to A-P's doorstep.


Nothing came easy, but D-NH stepped up to the challenge, attacking the rim and making the free throws necessary to eke out a 53-50 win over A-P in a crucial NICL East game played in front of a capacity crowd at D-NH High School.


Fuller had a game-high 26 points, with 17 of those points coming in the second half. D-NH's senior post Colton Harberts, pestered by foul trouble, still mustered eight points and 18 rebounds for the Wolverines. Dane Fuller added 10 points and Derek Kinney contributed seven rebounds.


D-NH's victory opened up a 1.5-game lead on A-P at the top of the NICL East standings. The Wolverines played in Sumner-Fredericksburg on Tuesday with a chance to earn at least a share of the league title.


"Cade had a big night for us," Moore said. "He's a senior leader out there. … He was settling for perimeter shots early on but we talked at half that it was time to get to the rim and he did a better job of mixing it up and getting to the free-throw line."


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