Boys Basketball Roundup: Liberty High Pulls Away After Half for Second Straight Win


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Liberty High broke opening a one-point halftime game to secure its second straight win, knocking off Tipton 60-49 on Saturday in Tipton.

Andre Brandon led four players in double figures as Liberty High improved to 3-3 on the season.

Liberty High trailed 29-28 at halftime but pulled away in the second half as freshman guard Bo Gryp scored all 11 of his points after halftime.

Ethan O’Donnell had eight of his 11 points in the second half while Sam Funke finished with 13 points for the Lightning.

Logan Hoffman had a game-high 18 points for Tipton (7-2) which had a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Tipton (49) – Trent Pelzer 4, Frank Bierman 4, Logan Hoffman 18, Andrew Stewart 8, Luke Becker 6, Jacob Tischuk 9.

Liberty High (60) – Grayson Tyler 1, Bo Gryp 11, Iziah Poulsen 5, Ethan O’Donnell 11, Ben Houselog 2, Andre Brandon 16, Sam Funke 13, Corey Baldwin 1.

City High Snaps Two-Game Skid at Burlington

After back-to-back losses to open the week City High got back in the win column on Saturday.

Antonio Turner scored a game-high 22 points as City High snapped a two-game losing skid with an 81-50 win over Burlington (0-6) in a non-conference contest in Burlington.

Carter Westlake had 16 points and Jeremy Kambomba had 12 as City High improved to 2-3 on the season.

Ry Threlkeld-Wiegand had eight points and DeAngelo McNeil added seven points for the Little Hawks.

City High (81) – Antonio Turner 22, Carter Westlake 16, Malik Kimber 2, Jeremy Kambomba 12, DeAngelo McNeil 7, Juwan Beard 3, Keshawn Christian 6, Ry Threlkeld-Wiegand 8, Quincy Wells 3, Liam McComas 2.

Burlington (50) – Mason Leinbach 3, Austin Brown 2, Cedric Peterson 4, Brendon Hale 14, Daniel Topping 2, Carlton Martinez-Hale 4, Kevonne Peterson 3, Daxton Washington-Smothers 18.

West Branch Snaps Two-Game Skid

West Branch snapped a two-game losing skid with a 68-34 win over West Liberty in a River Valley Conference South Division contest on Saturday in West Liberty.

Beau Cornwell had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals as West Branch improved to 3-4 on the season and 2-4 in RVC play.

West Branch led 14-4 after the first quarter and 29-11 at the half while snapping a four-game RVC losing streak.

Ben Thompson added 10 points and Ted Bridges had nine while Tanner Lukavsky added six points and seven rebounds.

West Branch              14  15  22  17  –  68

West Liberty              4    7    8   15  –  34

West Branch (68) – Cade Aspelmeier 6, Jeff Bowie 2, Beau Cornwell 18, Ben Kyllingstad 4, Brady Lukavsky 4, Zach Thompson 2, Brett Schiele 2, Tanner Lukavsky 6, Ben Thompson 10, Ted Bridges 9, Trey Eagle 5.

West Knocks Off Illinois Opponent

Class 4A top-ranked West High improved to 5-0 with an 81-65 win over Bolingbrook, Illinois at the Jerry Slykhuis Basketball Showcase in Cedar Falls.

Seybian Sims had a game-high 28 points to lead West High.