ALLEMAN - Defensive struggles in the third quarter cost the North Polk boys’ basketball team in a 77-56 loss to Greene County Friday at Alleman.


The Comets fell behind 33-25 at the half, then were outscored 29-17 in the third to drop to 4-13 overall and 3-9 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.


North Polk fell despite shooting at a solid 48-percent clip from the field and making 7 of 14 3-pointers. Greene County converted an outstanding 59-percent of its field goals, including 9 of 15 3-pointers, and the Rams also had a 30-22 rebounding advantage.


Braden Hoksbergen had 19 points, five assists and four steals for North Polk on the night. Colten Parkins put up 12 points; Caleb Lomica had 10 points, four rebounds and one block and Cameron Market finished with four points, 10 rebounds and four assists.


Greene County went to 10-6 overall and 8-4 in the conference with the win. Joe Towers scored 19 points; Trey Hinote had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists and Wade Adcock finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Rams.


Greene County 77, North Polk 56


GC 20 13 29 15 - 77


NP 18 7 17 14 - 56


Greene County (77) - Xavier Hayes 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Hinote 6-10 2-3 18, Ben Bravard 2-5 2-2 8, Carter Morton 1-2 0-0 2, Terance Bingley 0-0 0-0 0, Lance Hughes 4-7 1-1 9, Jordan Patterson 2-3 0-0 4, Logan Lawson 0-0 0-0 0, Wade Adcock 6-10 1-2 13, Austin Easterlie 1-1 0-0 2, Kyle Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Wilkins 1-1 0-0 2, Joe Towers 7-11 2-3 19. Totals: 30-51 8-11 77. 3-point field goals (9): Hinote 4, Towers 3, Bravard 2. Rebounds (30): Adcock 8. Assists (19): Hughes 7. Steals (6): Adcock 2, Towers 2. Blocks (3): Adcock 2. Fouls: 16.


North Polk (56) - Cole Bouchard 0-3 0-0 0, Austin McArthur 1-1 0-2 3, Braden Hoksbergen 6-12 3-6 19, Colten Parkins 5-13 0-0 12, Quinten Sommers 0-0 2-2 2, Cameron Markert 2-4 0-0 4, Coby Bouchard 1-1 0-1 2, Caleb Lomica 4-7 2-3 10, Quinton McArthur 0-0 2-2 2, Sam Carstensen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 20-42 9-16 56. 3-point field goals (7): Hoksbergen 4, Parkins 2, A. McArthur. Rebounds (22): Markert 10. Assists (10): Hoksbergen 5. Steals (10): Hoksbergen 4. Blocks (1): Lomica. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: A. McArthur.


DES MOINES - North Polk used an efficient offense to trounce Saydel by a 63-43 score Jan. 23 at Saydel High School in Des Moines.


The Comets shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 21 from 3-point range to post their third Heart of Iowa Conference victory of the season. North Polk led 34-24 at the half and ended the game on a 19-10 run.


Braden Hoksbergen registered 19 points, four rebounds and four assists for North Polk in the win. Cole Bouchard hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points; Colten Parkins had nine points, six rebounds and five assists and Cameron Markert came through with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.


Clark Hood and Sam Carstensen both finished with six points and Caleb Lomica chipped in four points, six rebounds and one block.


Colton Myers led Saydel with 11 points and four steals. Zach Bobenhouse added nine points and four rebounds for the Eagles.


North Polk 63, Saydel 43


NP 20 14 10 19 - 63


S 9 15 9 10 - 43


North Polk (63) - Mark Cox 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Bouchard 4-9 0-0 11, Austin McArthur 0-0 0-0 0, Clark Hood 2-3 0-0 6, Braden Hoksbergen 7-15 0-0 19, Colten Parkins 3-8 2-5 9, Quinten Sommers 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Markert 4-5 0-0 8, Caleb Lomica 2-5 0-0 4, Sam Carstensen 2-3 2-2 6, Tyler McCloud 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-48 4-7 63. 3-point field goals (11): Hoksbergen 5, Bouchard 3, Hood 2, Parkins. Rebounds (32): Markert 8. Assists (17): Parkins 5. Steals (9): Bouchard 2, Parkins 2, Markert 2. Blocks (2): Markert, Lomica.


Saydel (43) - Luke Vitiritto 1-4 0-0 3, Colton Myers 4-8 1-2 11, Cash Lee 1-2 0-0 3, Devin Walker 1-1 2-2 4, Zach Bobenhouse 4-14 0-0 9, Cal Gebhart 0-3 2-2 2, Garrett Shinn 0-1 1-2 1, Mikel Nuzum 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson Jarrell 3-8 0-0 6, Dakota Ellsworth 0-2 2-2 2, Nick Garrison 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 14-45 10-12 43. 3-point field goals (5): Myers 2, Vitiritto, Lee, Bobenhouse. Rebounds (21): Bobenhouse 4, Jarrell 4. Assists (10): Jarrell 5. Steals (6): Myers 4. Blocks: None. Fouls: 8.