ALLEMAN - The North Polk boys’ basketball team had trouble getting stops on defense against Prairie City-Monroe Jan. 4 in Alleman as the Comets gave up at least 17 points in all four quarters in a 75-42 loss.


PCM broke a 9-9 tie with a 16-5 run and pushed its lead to 15 points by halftime. The Mustangs never let North Polk get closer than 13 the rest of the way, thanks to hot shooting, as PCM converted 54 percent of its shots and made 18 of 22 free throws.


“On the defensive side, we need to continue to work on stopping the ball early in transition and flying around in the half court.,” North Polk head boys’ basketball coach Nick Wilkins said.


On offense North Polk shot 37 percent from the field, finishing with 13 assists on 16 field goals. The Comets made five 3-pointers and 5 of 8 free throws.


“Our offense looked better with better ball movement, which allowed us to get some really great looks at the basket,” Wilkins said.


Caleb Lomica had 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting and he also added four rebounds and one block for North Polk. Colten Parkins tallied eight points and five assists, Cameron Markert finished with nine points and four assists and Clark Hood chipped in five points.


The loss put the Comets at 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. PCM improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Elijah Sperfslage had 19 points, Jason Stafford 11 and Derek Brown 10 for the Mustangs and Andrew Van Ryswyk tacked on six points, five rebounds and five assists.


PCM 75, North Polk 42


PCM 21 17 17 20 - 75


NP 14 9 9 10 - 42


PCM (75) - Elijah Sperfslage 6-11 6-9 19, Sage Burns 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Warrick 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Stafford 4-5 0-0 11, Reed Worth 4-8 0-0 9, Dayton Boell 0-2 2-2 2, Preston Van Wyk 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Dredge 0-1 2-2 2, Jackson Thomas 3-7 1-1 8, Noah Lanphier 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Van Ryswyk 1-2 3-4 6, Derek Brown 5-6 0-0 10, Isaac Telfer 1-1 2-2 4, Jordan DeVries 0-1 2-2 2, Dane Owens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-46 18-22 75. 3-point field goals (7): Stafford 3, Sperfslage, Worth, Thomas, Van Ryswyk. Rebounds (28): Van Ryswyk 5, Telfer 5. Assists (15): Van Ryswyk 5. Steals (6): Worth 2. Blocks (7): Lanphier 5. Fouls: 11.


North Polk (42) - Cole Bouchard 1-4 0-0 3, Austin McArthur 0-0 0-0 0, Clark Hood 1-3 2-5 5, Colten Parkins 3-14 0-0 8, Quinten Sommers 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Markert 3-4 2-2 9, Luke Maring 0-2 0-0 0, Caleb Lomica 7-10 1-1 15, Sam Carstensen 0-2 0-0 0, Mark Cox 1-3 0-0 2, Tyler McCloud 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-43 5-8 42. 3-point field goals (5): Parkins 2, Bouchard, Hood, Markert. Rebounds (16): Lomica 4. Assists (13): Parkins 5. Steals (3): Parkins, Markert, McCloud. Blocks (1): Lomica. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Carstensen.