STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake boy's basketball leveled their record at .500 for the first time since a December 14th win over Emmetsburg as they took down North Union 63-30 Monday night to improve to 5-5 on the season.
A late surge by Cherokee provided some dramatics in an otherwise comfortable win by the Tornadoes last Friday, but there would be no such theatrics Monday as the Tornadoes opened with an 18-6 first quarter lead and opened a 30-point lead at 57-27 after three.
Kuony Deng had another nice outing for the green and white, turning in a game-high 18 points to go with five rebounds against North Union, who dropped to 2-11 with the loss.
Ethan Kenkel turned in 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, Aaron Krier had eight points and three assists, Geoff Converse scored seven, Jay Grant had five points and seven rebounds, and Nic Seaman had four points, three rebounds and three assists.
The Tornadoes remain at home Friday night as they take on LeMars. The Bulldogs sit at 7-3 on the season and have one their last three straight over Cherokee (75-28), Estherville-Lincoln Central (77-55) and Sergeant Bluff-Luton (82-78).
Jake Irwin leads the Bulldogs with 15 points and 3.8 assists per game on the year. The long range specialist has knocked down a conference best 27 three-pointers at a 35% clip. Kyle Dolph follows with 10.7 points per game and Gabe Rahn 8.6. 6-foot-5 Kyle Borchers adds 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game and will try to slow down the Tornadoes' double-double machine, Ethan Kenkel (14.9 points, 10.4 rebounds). Krier and Grant both average double-digit scoring for the Tornadoes.