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Redhawks outpaced in first half in 77-65 loss to Plainsmen

January 16, 2020
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama boys basketball played the third of a five-game home stand on Thursday, Jan. 8 as they fell to Belle Plaine 77-65 behind a slow start in the first half in a fast paced matchup.

"We can expect a lot out of Belle Plaine everytime we face them," coach Alex Tagtow siad. "It took us a few minutes to sort things out. This game was exactly what we expected out of them."

The first quarter had the feel of a track meet as both teams dashed up and down the court in a pace that appeared to favor the visiting Plainsmen. North Tama found itself late getting back on defense in several instances in the half as Belle Plaine drew fouls and extended their lead in the second quarter to 36-23.

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Adam Greiner scored 17 points for the Redhawks in their 77-65 loss to Belle Plaine on Thursday, Jan. 8. Greiner is averagaing 10 ppg this season.

"We were doing things a little differently to adjust to their personnel and I feel we took a while to settle in," Tagtow said. "Once we did that, I felt we did that, we were good on both ends."

Digging out of a 13-point deficit in foul trouble didn't bother the Redhawks in the third quarter and they shrunk the Belle Plaine to as little as four points courtesy of the three ball. The Plainsmen would go off on their own run to end the third quarter leading once again in double digits. North Tama would pull one more run out early in the fourth quarter before Belle Plaine sealed the game with free throws. North Tama hit 14 threes in the game, a season high.

"We missed a couple of wide open threes and free throws in that first half, but in the second we started hitting those open jumpers," Tagtow said. "We weren't bad, but streaking. There were spells we missed several in a row and then made them and then missed them."

The Redhawks were led by Adam Greiner and Luke Pennell with 17 points each, combining for six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Ryan McLean had 16 points and a team-high five rebounds in the loss, followed by Michael Schrier with seven points. Zach Greiner started his first game of the season after coming off the bench the past two games.

"Honestly, we've had so many guys injured coming into the season and out with sickness that with our lineup changes it's not that we're unhappy with anyone," Tagtow said. "We're trying to get our whole team healthy and be able to decide from there. We've been forced into our fifth different starting lineup in ten games."

North Tama continues to search for their first win of 2020 as they fell to Don Bosco 54-48 on Tuesday, Jan. 7. McLean finished with a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) and Skyler Staker provided 12 points off the bench.

"Our effort against Don Bosco was great," Tagtow said. "When we're engaged, we're playing hard and the game gets easier for us. Don Bosco is a great team. They have one of the top scorers in the state and we held him to his average. We battled to the end, but we couldn't get a bucket when we needed it most."

The Redhawks hosted conference rival Meskwaki on Tuesday, Jan 14 before they complete their home stand against Valley Lutheran on Friday, Jan. 17. North Tama will travel to Baxter on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The team is currently 4-6 on the season.



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