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Redhawks return to form against Colo-Nesco 50-35

January 18, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (cjeilers@traerstarclipper.com) , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama boys basketball team is back in the win column after breaking a three-game losing skid with a decent showing against Iowa Star rivals Colo Nesco 50-35 on Friday, Jan. 11.

"Colo-Nesco was really good tonight," coach Alex Tagtow said. "When we got them the first time, it was the first week of the season and I think they were trying to find their way. They have a new coach and they're learning. They brought good energy and good timely shots later in the game."

The Redhawks got off to a scorching start as they got back to what lead them to a 8-1 start on the season: effort and good shooting. In the first quarter, North Tama put together 22 points, capitalized by a thunderous dunk by Hale Hulme. While the Redhawks held the Royals to only nine points in the first quarter, the visitors came back to close the gap to 27-24 by halftime with the home team barely holding their once double-digit lead.

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Cael Even returned to the starting lineup against Colo-Nesco and put together his best game since coming back from injury this year.

"We took [Colo-Nesco] out of what they wanted to do to start the game and it didn't faze them at all," Tagtow said. "They moved onto the next quarter and proved tough to guard. We came out with great effort and knew the scouting report. Second quarter, we all relaxed while they didn't. I told them at halftime I believed we were capable of being really good. I know we can be great, and they responded well."

The second half saw the Royals continue to push to take the lead, getting as close as 32-31 and forcing the Redhawks to take a timeout to gather themselves. Slowly, the Redhawks struck back with several mini-runs, including Hale Hulme willing his teammates with four quick points. Up by seven after the third quarter, North Tama killed some clock and took quality shots to pull away 50-35 after the Colo-Nesco comeback lost steam.

Hulme led the Redhawks with 21 points six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ryan McLean followed with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Cael Even tallied nine points, five rebounds, four steals and an assist as he made his return to the starting lineup in the win.

"Cael is still trying to find his stroke as he's not shooting it well, but he affected the game in a lot of other ways," Tagtow said. "He was rebounding, defending, finding others. That's exactly what we needed out of him and he was ready today."

The Redhawks are 9-4 as they start their second half of the conference season behind the effort and energy of Hulme nearly 20 points a game and continues his personal goal to beat the all-time school assist record, needing only about 30 more assists to achieve the feat.

"I don't know what the next step for Hale is, but I know he's been great up to this point," Tagtow said. "The sky's the limit, but he's got another level. Same for the team. We need to be more consistent on defense all four quarters and then we can be a special team."

North Tama will next travel to West Marshall on Friday, Jan. 18 and then to Baxter on Monday, Jan. 21.

 
 

 

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