Knights take showdown
POMEROY - Nick Loots scored and Nick Ford each scored 18 points and Dustin Thompson added 14 to help send No. 2 Pomeroy-Palmer to a 63-53 victory over No. 4 Newell-Fonda in a Northwest Conference game Friday night at Pomeroy.
Newell-Fonda jumped out to a 27-17 lead after the first quarter and the Mustangs led 33-28 at the half. Pomeroy-Palmer, however, led 44-39 heading into the fourth period.
Wade Brower scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mustangs, now 9-2 in the league and 9-2 overall. Brandon Kies had 12 points and six rebounds, while Jon Grote had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Newell-Fonda was 22 of 49 from the field or 45 percent. Pomeroy-Palmer 22 of 40 for 55 percent.
Pomeroy-Palmer attempted 15 free throws to the Mustangs' six.
"I thought our boys played hard under the conditions," Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos said. "We had four guys on the floor with the flu. I thought the officiating could have been better for that big of a game."
SL St. Mary's 59, Aurelia 56
Joe Fitzgerald finished with 17 points and Eric Wordekemper added 15 points as Storm Lake St. Mary's edged Aurelia in a Northwest Conference game Friday night at Aurelia.
St. Mary's jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first period of play. It was 28-25 Aurelia at the half and 45-44 St. Mary's entering the fourth period.
Kyle Drey cleared 11 rebounds and Wordekemper 10. Billy Mach charted five assists and Fitzgerald four. Wordekemper had three steals.
Tadd Suhr poured in 20 points for Aurelia, now 3-7 in the league and 4-7 overall. Eric Sonksen netted 18 points.
Suhr cleared nine rebounds and Neil Gustafson added eight. Kasey Reilly handed out six assists.
"I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy and it got us off to a good start," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "That little extra effort on defense and we were able to execute on offense and get good shots."
Read the rest of the area Boy's Basketball Round-up in the 1/20/01 Pilot Tribune.