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Area boys basketball round up: Murray win big, Central Decatur stay hot

Brady Hilpipre.
Brady Hilpipre.

Lamoni 65, Orient-Macksburg 18

LAMONI – Lamoni cruised to a 65-18 victory over Orient-Macksburg on Tuesday.

A 22-6 first quarter put Lamoni ahead comfortably and O-M was unable to make ground up, trailing at the half 41-12.

Lamoni scoring was led by Patrick Savage, who scored 10 points.

Noah Nichols led scoring for O-M, scoring seven points.

Central Decatur 51, East Union 35

LEON – Central Decatur grabbed its sixth win of the season on Tuesday, beating East Union 51-35.

Stout defense from the Cardinals kept East Union out of double-digit scoring until the fourth quarter, too late in the game to surmount a comeback.

A 21-point third quarter helped CD hold its lead for all four quarters.

Michael Evertsen and Cash Tharp scored 15 points each for the Cardinals. Cole Pederson scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked a school record 12 shots, enough for a triple double.

East Union was led in scoring by Matt McGuire with 19 points.

Nodaway Valley 51, Shenandoah 39

GREENFIELD – Nodaway Valley downed Shenandoah on Tuesday 51-39.

Scoring for the Wolverines came mostly from Brady Hilpipre, totalling 17 points.

Shenandoah held the deficit at five coming into the fourth quarter, but was unable to gain ground as it was outscored 11-4 in the final frame.

Clay Hohertz finished a point shy of a double double for Nodaway Valley, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Bedford 57,

Lenox 35

BEDFORD – A 23-4 first quarter was all Bedford needed in its 57-35 win over Lenox on Tuesday.

The Tigers were only outscored by four points for the remaining three quarters of play, unable to chip away at the sizable deficit.

The Tigers’ Colton Vieux led in points for Lenox, scoring 15 points.

Keegan Christensen grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, scoring four points.

Mount Ayr 73, Southwest Valley 45

MOUNT AYR – Mount Ayr found scoring from all over in its 73-45 win over Southwest Valley, with 10 separate Wolverine players falling in the points column.

The Raiders outscored Southwest Valley 45-22 in the second half on their way to their eighth win of the year.

Of the scoring brigade, Dawson Frost and Payton Wheeler crossed the 20-point mark with 22 and 21 points, respectively.

Myles Greene had an unconventional double double for the Raiders, grabbing 10 boards and assisting 14.

Dustin Lund led Southwest Valley in scoring with 11 points. Jacob Webb trailed with 10, collecting 12 rebounds in the loss.

Murray 85, Melcher-Dallas 68

MELCHER-DALLAS – Murray beat Melcher-Dallas on Tuesday, wining 85-68.

Melcher-Dallas didn’t find its scoring touch until the second half started, but the deficit was too great to overcome.

Reece Held scored 30 in the win for the Mustangs, assisting 11 scores. Devin Slaughter also scored 18, shooting 6-12 from the field.

“I thought we played a pretty good first half,” said Murray head coach Darin Wookey. “We rebounded the ball much better in that half than we had been doing in previous games. ...We will need to play much better defense on Friday to beat a Lamoni team that is playing really well.”

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