MAXWELL - The Collins-Maxwell boys’ basketball team finished strong, but North Tama proved too much over the first three quarters in a 78-51 loss to the Redhawks Friday in Maxwell.


North Tama led 40-20 at the half and increased its lead to 29 points after three quarters. Collins-Maxwell did have something to build off of — outscoring the Redhawks 18-16 over the final eight minutes before falling to 1-16 overall and 0-9 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division.


Ben Hofer had a tremendous game in defeat for Collins-Maxwell. Hofer finished with a career-high 21 points and he added 11 rebounds and three steals.


John Kasper put up nine points and two assists; Carter Fricke delivered five points, rebounds and assists apiece and Brett Livesay recorded five points, eight rebounds and one block.


North Tama 78, Collins-Maxwell 51


NT 19 21 22 16 - 78


CM 11 9 13 18 - 51


Collins-Maxwell (51) - John Kasper 2-4 3-9 9, Frank Sposeto IV 1-3 0-0 2, Carter Fricke 2-8 1-3 5, Noah Rhoades 1-2 0-0 2, Mason Markley 1-6 0-0 3, Brett Livesay 1-2 3-6 5, Mike Hartgers 2-6 0-0 4, Ben Hofer 7-18 6-9 21. Totals: 17-49 13-27 51. 3-point field goals (4): Kasper 2, Markley, Hofer. Rebounds (44): Hofer 11. Assists (9): Fricke 5. Steals (9): Hofer 3. Blocks (3): Kasper, Livesay, Hartgers. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Kasper.


CHURDAN - Collins-Maxwell had a difficult first half in a 60-40 loss to Paton-Churdan Jan. 23 at Churdan.


The Spartans were outscored 36-19 in the first half. They played the Rockets tough in the second half, but couldn’t make up any ground, falling to 1-15.


Collins-Maxwell totaled 34 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end. The Spartans also went 14 of 23 from the foul line.


Collins-Maxwell was held to 24-percent shooting overall from the field. The Spartans had 11 steals on defense.


John Kasper hit two 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals. Carter Fricke went for 11 points, four steals and two assists for Collins-Maxwell.


Brett Livesay had 10 rebounds and three points and Mike Hartgers five points and rebounds apiece.


Paton-Churdan 60, Collins-Maxwell 40


CM 8 11 12 9 - 40


PC 18 18 16 8 - 60


Collins-Maxwell (40) - John Kasper 3-10 8-11 16, Frank Sposeto IV 1-3 0-0 2, Kadin Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Fricke 4-14 3-4 11, Noah Rhoades 0-2 1-2 1, Mason Markley 0-5 0-0 0, Brett Livesay 1-4 1-4 3, Mike Hartgers 2-6 1-2 5, Ben Hofer 1-6 0-0 2. Totals: 12-50 14-23 40. 3-point field goals (2): Kasper 2. Rebounds (34): Livesay 10. Assists (2): Fricke 2. Steals (11): Fricke 4. Blocks: None. Fouls: 6.