DES MOINES - Nick Ford scored 29 points and handed out five assists to help top-ranked Pomeroy-Palmer open defense of its Class 1A state title with a 77-60 victory over Iowa City Regina in a quarterfinal game at the boys state basketball tournament on Monday at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.
Pomeroy-Palmer, now 26-0, will play Boyden-Hull (23-2) in a semifinal game on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Pomeroy-Palmer jumped out to a 14-10 lead after the first quarter. The Knights extended to a 32-26 lead at the half.
Pomeroy-Palmer used a 22-16 spurt in the third quarter to take a 54-42 lead into the fourth quarter. The Knights finished off the game by scoring 23 fourth-quarter points.
Ford made 11 of 15 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Knights made 28 of 55 field goals for 51 percent, including 13 of 29 from 3-point range. Regina was 26 of 48 for 54 percent and 1 of 4 from 3-point range.
Chris Hanssen made 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points. Dustin Thompson added 10 points and six rebounds.
Pomeroy-Palmer, which was outrebounded 33-25, committed only seven turnovers. Regina was forced into 18 turnovers.
Keita led Regina with 37 points and 14 rebounds.