Ballard improves to 8-5

HUXLEY – After a week to stew over a loss to Carlisle, the Ballard boys’ basketball team came out focused and determined against Boone Friday in Huxley. The Toreadors never had a chance, as the Bombers led big early and coasted to a 65-39 victory.

Ballard took a nine-point lead after one quarter and upped that advantage to 31-18 at the half. The Bombers put the game away with a 20-point third quarter as they improved to 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the Raccoon River Conference.

The Bombers shot 48 percent from the field and got to the line 24 times. They held Boone to 29-percent shooting and the Toreadors shot nine fewer free throws than Ballard.

Ballard also dominated the glass, outrebounding Boone by a 44-17 margin.

Mason Jensen produced 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for Ballard in the victory. Mason Edwards tallied a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Hartman contributed eight points and 10 boards, Kolby Jensen and Tanner Petersen also scored eight points apiece, Jaden Moody netted six and Jacob Nethers finished with four steals and two assists.

Bret Romig led Boone with 14 points and two steals. Brandon Eisner added seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one block for the Toreadors.

Ballard 65, Boone 39

Bo 6 12 12 9 – 39

B 15 16 20 14 – 65

Boone (39) – Bret Romig 6-13 0-0 14, Brandon Eisner 3-11 1-4 7, Tyler Newbold 2-5 1-2 6, Tyler McDonald 0-1 0-0 0, Danny Anderson 1-6 2-3 4, Brett Slight 0-4 0-2 0, Jake McBirnie 0-1 0-2 0, Nathan Pohl 2-4 0-2 4, Sabin Hicks 1-5 0-0 2, Bailey Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Krafcisin 1-5 0-0 2. Totals: 16-55 4-15 39. 3-point field goals (3): Romig 2, Newbold. Rebounds (17): Eisner 4. Assists (11): Eisner 3, Hicks 3. Steals (3): Romig 2. Blocks (1): Eisner.

Ballard (65) – Nick Hartman 3-6 2-2 8, Mason Jensen 6-10 7-11 20, Conner Pietsch 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Herrin 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Wilson 1-2 0-0 2, Mason Edwards 5-6 0-2 10, Kolby Jensen 3-7 2-4 8, Jacob Nethers 1-7 0-0 2, Chase Seibert 0-0 0-3 0, Kobe Schulze 0-3 0-0 0, Jaden Moody 3-5 0-0 6, Nathan Carlin 0-0 0-0 0, Tanner Petersen 2-2 2-2 8. Totals: 24-49 13-24 65. 3-point field goals (4): Petersen 2, M. Jensen, Nethers. Rebounds (44): Edwards 12. Assists (13): M. Jensen 4. Steals (9): Nethers 4. Blocks: None.