Wildcats get 1st victory with 4th quarter rally

Columbus secured its first win in boys basketball this season with a victory over Louisa-Muscatine Friday

Columbus ekes out triumph

COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Justus Lekwa kept the Wildcats with striking distance with nine of his 15 points in the first half of Columbus’ 35-34 win against the Falcons. Columbus trailed after every quarter but outscored the visitors 11-5 in the final stanza for the win. Owen Watson dominated the defensive boards in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division home game and scored six points. Mason Hodges added 11.

Comets rally back for win

ELDON — Cardinal trailed Holy Trinity 26-20 at halftime, but a 38-point second half helped the Comets pull out a 58-51 South Division win.

Cardinal outscored Holy Trinity 18-9 in the third quarter and 20-16 in the fourth to get back into the winner’s column.

Highland outlasts Winfield-Mt. Union

RIVERSIDE — Highland held Winfield-Mt. Union to a dismal 29.4 percent field goal percentage to topple the Wolves 54-43 in North Division action.

The Huskies led 13-5 after one quarter and 23-14 at halftime. WMU cut the lead down to 34-26 after three quarters, but Highland scored 20 in the fourth to pull away.

Cam Buffington led WMU with 16 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Bryce Wade had 11 points, and Abram Edwards finished with 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Indians climb past Hillcrest

WAPELLO — Wapello stayed unbeaten in the North doling out a 56-39 setback to Hillcrest Academy, the Ravens’ first loss in their last six games. The Indians led 19-11 after one quarter and then 34-19 at the half.

Eli Ours scored 17 points, including three treys for the Ravens. John Hughes had six points while Aaron Hershberger and Grant Bender each scored five. Aiden Krabill knocked down a triple. Ours passed out four assists and brought in four rebounds. Bender recorded four rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Hershberger totaled four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“We moved the ball pretty well, but had a tough time making shots against their length and activeness,” Hillcrest head coach Dwight Gingerich said.

Keota falls to Braves

MONTEZUMA — It was not a good game for the Class 1A No. 7 Eagles against South Iowa Cedar League nemesis Montezuma in their first loss, 80-46. Keota couldn’t find any offense, trailing 44-13 at the half. Bryce Greiner scored 16 points for Keota, going 6-of-9 overall on field goals and 4-of-6 on treys. Luke Hammen scored 11 and Brady Duwa nine.

Pekin packs punch

PACKWOOD — The Panthers edged Pekin 49-43 for a North win, giving up a 13-9 first-quarter lead to a 26-26 halftime score but led 39-32 after the third.

The Pekin triumvirate of Brayden Sobaski (15), Brady Millikin (12) and Brock Long (12) were responsible for 39 of Pekin’s 49 points. Sobaski gathered up 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. Millikin snagged eight rebounds and Long six while both doled out four assists apiece.

New London rolls past WACO

WAYLAND — The Tigers captured a 68-39 South Division win over WACO Thursday. The Tigers jumped to the lead early and never looked back.

Blaise Porter scored 20 points to lead New London. Kade Benjamin finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Devin Swanson scored 13, and Camden Kasel had 11.

WACO was led by Zach Schmitz, who ended the night with 10 points. Simeon Reichenbach put up nine.

Wolves crush Lone Tree

LONE TREE — Winfield-Mt. Union held the Lions to just nine first-half points en route to a 54-34 North Division road win.

Cam Buffington went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Wolves. Ebram Edwards had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Jacob Kongable nailed a trifecta of 3-pointers to finish the night with nine points.

Columbus toppled at Sigourney

SIGOURNEY — The Wildcats lost the road nonconference game Thursday 71-36. Hodges led Columbus with 14 points and eight boards. Owen Watson added 12 points.