The Boyden Hull Comets opened the Class 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament with a 64-44 win over Iowa Mennonite in quarterfinal action Monday afternoon. The Comets will meet defending champion Storm Lake St Mary’s at 12:15 on Thursday.
Iowa Mennonite took a 19-15 first quarter lead behind 5 three-pointers in the quarter from Chance Miller. Due to adjustments by the Comets and foul trouble he would finish the game with 15 points. At the half Boyden Hull moved in front 30-28. at the end of the third quarter the lead was up to 46-38. In the fourth quarter the Comets pushed the lead to as much as 20 points as they went on to win it 64-44.
Bryce Moss scored a game high 18 points for Boyden Hull. He was joined in double figures by Taylor Francis with 16 points and Brandt Van Roekel with 15.
Iowa Mennonite had two players in double figures as Cameron Gingerich contributed 13 points to Miller’s 15.
Turnovers were a key with Iowa Mennonite committing 21 compared to 12 for the Comets. Before Boyden Hull took control in the second half the game featured 12 lead changes and 2 tie scores.
With the win Boyden Hull improves to 24-2 on the year while Iowa Mennonite ends the season at 22-5.
In the other lower bracket quarterfinal Storm Lake St Mary’s jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead. At the half the lead was up to 39-19 as they rolled to the win.
Kennedy Drey had a double double with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Lenhart hit for 21 points. The Panthers never trailed in the ball game.
In the lower bracket semi final Thursday it’s second seed and undefeated Storm Lake St Mary’s at 27-0 against third seed Boyden Hull who comes in at 24-2.
Listen for the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 12:05 with tip off at 12:15. We’ll stream from the website as well at www.kiwaradio.com