Saturday's basketball roundup: Comets rout Redhawks for Janssen's 1st win

Jake Ryder


BCLUW 65, NORTH TAMA 30: Evan Janssen is still wanting that first NICL West victory.

But he can't deny that it felt good to get in the win column as a coach, with the Comets locking down North Tama in a 65-30 victory at BCLUW High School on Saturday for the first-year head coach's first career win.

"You gotta get that first win," Janssen said. "It's just like getting that first basket in a game, everything feels good right after that. That's big for the kids."

Jesse Moore scored 13 points to lead the Comets, one of three in double figures along with Treye Teske (11 points) and Mason Yantis (10).

Janssen pointed to the team's defensive pressure and rebounding as keys to the weekend victory.

"We try to emphasize our strengths and we were applying that press well instead of just waiting for the half-court," Janssen said. "One of the things we harped on with the guys, though, was that this … can't be the high point of our season. We go in with the expectation of competing our butts off, but we celebrate the wins that are competitive."

GLADBROOK-REINBECK 52, DUNKERTON 35: The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys basketball team is still undefeated after a 52-35 victory against Dunkerton at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School on Saturday.

The Rebels (4-0) played BCLUW in Reinbeck on Tuesday and close out the 2019 schedule at Wapsie Valley on Friday.

William Kiburis led G-R with 16 points and added five rebounds, six assists and five steals. Luke Riffey and Tyler Tscherter scored eight points each.

G-R led 27-21 at halftime.



BCLUW 64, NORTH TAMA 30: Four players on the BCLUW girls basketball team scored in double figures in the Comets' 64-30 victory over North Tama at BCLUW High School on Saturday.

The Comets improved to 4-3 overall. BCLUW played at Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday and completes the 2019 side of the schedule at East Marshall on Friday.

Payton Pekarek led the way on Saturday with 17 points. Madison Ubben notched a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Allison Engle scored 13 points with four assists and Chloe Walters had 11 points and six rebounds.

The Comets led 35-12 at halftime. BCLUW shot 47.7 percent from the floor, including making seven of 16 three-point attempts and 15 of 20 free throws.

DUNKERTON 37, GLADBROOK-REINBECK 34: Dunkerton held on for a 37-34 victory against the Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls basketball team on Saturday at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School.

Emma McClintock led the Rebels (1-5) with 12 points. Saari Kuehl added 11 points and nine rebounds and Katie Clark had five points with 10 rebounds.

The Rebels led 20-19 at halftime. Dunkerton outscored G-R 11-6 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck shot just 22.9 percent (11-of-48) from the floor, including 6-of-17 from three-point range and was 6-of-13 from the free-throw line.



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