WACO’s Simeon Reichenbach produced a double-double Friday to highlight boys basketball play.
Comets able to outlast WACO
ELDON — After a fast start, Cardinal had to withstand a furious WACO comeback attempt in the fourth quarter of a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division game. The Comets clung to a 43-38 victory.
Cardinal led 20-10 at halftime and 31-17 after three quarters, but WACO staged a late rally by pouring in 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Elias Elammari led the Comets with 15 points. Blaine Bryant added nine, and Dawson Lewis had seven and 10 rebounds.
Reichenbach finished the night with 13 points and 16 rebounds for WACO. Hunter Hughes added 13 points.
Porter’s 35 leads NL past VBC
KEOSAUQUA — New London stepped up its defense in the second half to beat Van Buren County 74-54 in South Division action.
Van Buren County had a 45-31 lead at halftime, but the Tigers won the third quarter 21-5, and the fourth quarter 22-4.
Blaise Porter led the Tigers with 35 points, seven steals and seven assists. Kade Benjamin finished the night with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Devin Swanson added 13 points.
Despite the loss, VBC’s Jackson Manning had another big day in the score book. He finished with 32 points.
Ours pours in triples
KALONA — In a North win, Hillcrest’s Eli Ours drained six 3-pointers in the first half and hit a seventh one in the second half as Columbus fell to Hillcrest 65-27.
Ours made a couple of twos to finish with 25 points and John Hughes added 15.
Owen Watson led the Wildcats with 10 points and Brody Frost added eight.
Keota rings up Belle Plaine
KEOTA — The Eagles grabbed a first-quarter lead at 17-7 on the way to a 54-40 South Iowa Cedar League home win over the Plainesmen (9-9).
Carson Sprouse and Luke Hammen each scored 19 points for Keota (13-1). Hammen hit 8-of-13 with 2-for-2 triples while Sprouse was 6-of-13 and 2-for-6 on triples. Bryce Greiner had seven points and seven rebounds. Brady Duwa tallied four boards and four assists.
Ben DeMeulenaere had 24 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and three steals for the visitors.
Golden Hawks fall
CAMANCHE — In a possible postseason preview, River Valley Conference foes Camanche (11-4, 11-2) and Mid-Prairie tangled with the home team winning 66-51. Visiting Mid-Prairie lost the first quarter and half 14-4 and 31-15, then outscored the Indians 36-35 in the second half. Jordan Lawrence scored 24 in the win.
Carter Harmsen had 14, Aidan Rath 13 and Alex Bean nine in the loss. Will Cavanagh and Rath each grabbed nine rebounds as Mid-Prairie’s record dropped to 8-4 overall, 8-3 RVC.
No. 10 Pekin wins
PACKWOOD — The Panthers scored a home North win over Louisa-Muscatine 69-31 with a 21-8 first quarter and a 44-17 lead at halftime.