ALLEMAN – A poor first half left the North Polk boys’ basketball team with too big a hole to climb out of against Pella Christian in a non-conference game at Alleman Saturday.

The Comets trailed a hot-shooting Eagle team 37-22 at the half. North Polk outplayed Pella Christian in the second half, but the Comets could only make up a small amount of ground, falling to 4-7 on the season.

North Polk shot just 36 percent from the field and made only 5 of 21 3-pointers. Pella Christian shot at a strong 56-percent clip from the field, the Eagles were 20 of 28 from the line and they posted a big 40-18 rebounding advantage.

The Comets made 17 of 26 free throws and forced nine steals to keep the game from getting out of hand.

Blake Brauer scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds for North Polk in the loss. Dillon McBee had eight points, two steals and two assists; Russell Greene and Max Karpinski both netted seven points and Hunter Dark scored six for the Comets.

All 11 North Polk players who played scored. Austin Hillebo and Ryley Sandberg each finished with three points and Brett Haun, Chris Flynn, Reed Smith and Berke Osborne chipped in two points apiece.

Five players scored in double figures for Pella Christian. Levi Jungling and Nate Haveman led the way with 13 points apiece, Jared Van Wyk netted 12 points, Coltin Collins scored 11 and Josh Posthuma finished with 10.

Collins also had seven rebounds and four assists and Haveman finished with six boards and three assists. Sebastian Baugh tacked on six points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eagles.

Pella Christian 72, North Polk 60

PC 17 20 12 23 – 72

NP 9 13 13 25 – 60

Pella Christian (72) – Brent Vermeer 0-1 2-2 2, Sebastian Baugh 2-6 2-4 6, Jason Holwerda 2-2 1-2 5, Levi Jungling 4-8 5-6 13, Nate Haveman 6-7 1-3 13, Jared Van Wyk 3-5 4-6 12, Josh Posthuma 3-4 4-4 10, Coltin Collins 5-11 1-1 11, Chase Riggen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-44 20-28 72. 3-point field goals (2): Van Wyk 2. Rebounds (40): Baugh 7, Collins 7. Assists (17): Baugh 4, Collins 4. Steals (8): Riggen 2. Blocks (2): Van Wyk 2.

North Polk (60) – Russell Greene 3-6 1-2 7, Brett Haun 0-5 2-2 2, Chris Flynn 1-1 0-0 2, Dillon McBee 3-6 1-2 8, Reed Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Hunter Dark 2-7 2-3 6, Austin Hillebo 1-4 0-2 3, Ryley Sandberg 1-2 1-2 3, Max Karpinski 2-4 3-4 7, Berke Osborne 0-1 2-2 2, Blake Brauer 5-15 5-7 18. Totals: 19-53 17-26 60. 3-point field goals (5): Brauer 3. Rebounds (18): Brauer 6. Assists (9): McBee 2, Sandberg 2. Steals (9): Greene 2, Haun 2, McBee 2, Sandberg 2. Blocks (1): Flynn.

ALLEMAN – Three strong quarters were just enough for North Polk versus South Hamilton Friday in Alleman as the Comets withstood a strong Hawk rally for a 56-54 Heart of Iowa Conference victory.

North Polk had a great first half on offense. The Comets put up 36 points over the first two quarters to build an 11-point lead.

In the third quarter, both defenses stepped it up and North Polk was able to increase its lead to 47-34. But in the fourth quarter South Hamilton caught fire and put up 20 points.

That nearly allowed South Hamilton to catch North Polk. But the Comets did just enough to hold on as they evened their HOIC record at 4-4.

South Hamilton attempted a whopping 24 more field goals than North Polk. But both teams made 21 as the Comets shot 58 percent and held South Hamilton to 35-percent shooting.

The Comets also made eight 3-pointers to South Hamilton’s two. That helped them overcome a poor 6 of 16 showing at the foul line and a 34-24 rebounding deficit.

Blake Brauer continued to be the go-to guy on offense for North Polk. Coming off a 30-point performance in an 82-77 overtime win over Greene County, Brauer had 17 points against South Hamilton and he dished out three assists.

Russell Greene also turned in a strong game for North Polk with eight points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block. Ryley Sandberg and Reed Smith added seven points apiece and Brett Haun and Austin Hillebo each scored six points.

Collin Hill scored a game-high 23 points for South Hamilton in a losing effort. Andrew Wintermote posted a double-double with 11 points and an outstanding 20 rebounds and Matt Hislop tacked on 13 point for the Hawks.

North Polk 56, South Hamilton 54

SH 19 6 9 20 – 54

NP 20 16 11 9 – 56

South Hamilton (54) – Trevor Ullestad 2-9 0-0 4, Matt Hislop 5-7 2-3 13, Trevor Smith 0-4 0-0 0, Ross Enderson 0-6 0-0 0, Collin Hill 8-20 6-9 23, Zach Zoske 1-1 1-2 3, Zach Puls 0-2 0-0 0, Andrew Wintermote 5-10 1-3 11, Landon Quam 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-60 10-17 54. 3-point field goals (2): Hislop, Hill. Rebounds (34): Wintermote 20. Assists (11): Enderson 4. Steals (13): Ullestad 4, Hill 4. Blocks (4): Hill 2, Puls 2.

North Polk (56) – Russell Greene 3-4 2-9 8, Brett Haun 2-4 0-0 6, Dillon McBee 2-3 0-0 5, Reed Smith 3-4 1-1 7, Hunter Dark 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Hillebo 2-4 0-0 6, Ryley Sandberg 3-4 0-0 7, Max Karpinski 0-1 0-0 0, Berke Osborne 0-1 0-0 0, Blake Brauer 6-11 3-6 17. Totals: 21-36 6-16 56. 3-point field goals (8): Haun 2, Hillebo 2, Brauer 2, McBee, Sandberg. Rebounds (24): Greene 12. Assists (14): Greene 5. Steals (7): Greene 3. Blocks (2): Greene, Sandberg.

JEFFERSON – Strong shooting and rebounding earned North Polk a hard-fought 82-77 overtime win over Greene County Jan. 7 in Jefferson.

The Comets shot 57 percent from the field and held Greene County to 40-perecent shooting. They also posted a 42-28 rebounding advantage and that helped overcome some turnover issues and eight Ram 3-pointers to earn the victory in a high-scoring affair.

North Polk led by three points through three quarters, but Greene County came back to knot the score at 64-64 by the end of regulation. In the overtime. both teams picked up the pace on offense and the Comets produced just a little more firepower than the Rams to pull off the victory.

Blake Brauer had a tremendous game to lead North Polk to victory. He made 11 of 12 field goals – including both of his 3-point attempts – and 6 of 10 free throws to finish with a career-high 30 points.

Brauer also pulled down six rebounds and dished out two assists.

Russell Greene also had a big game for the Comets. Greene scored 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting and he also ripped down 15 rebounds and came away with three steals, two assists and two blocks.

Ryley Sandberg added 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal; Max Karpinski netted eight points; Reed Smith finished with seven points and two assists and Brett Haun had six points and two steals for the Comets.

Landon Braun scored 20 points and Trey Tucker tacked on 19 for Greene County. Tucker also had six assists, five steals and four rebounds.

North Polk 82, Greene County 77 (OT)

NP 14 14 22 14 18 – 82

GC 17 16 14 17 13 – 77

North Polk (82) – Russell Greene 5-7 4-8 14, Brett Haun 2-2 2-2 6, Dillon McBee 0-1 3-6 3, Reed Smith 3-6 1-2 7, Austin Hillebo 0-2 0-0 0, Ryley Sandberg 3-13 5-8 11, Max Karpinski 3-4 1-2 8, Berke Osborne 1-2 0-0 3, Blake Brauer 11-12 6-10 30. Totals: 28-49 22-38 82. 3-point field goals (4): Brauer 2, Karpinski, Osborne. Rebounds (42): Greene 15. Assists (16): Hillebo 3, Sandberg 3. Steals (12): Greene 3. Blocks (3): Greene 2.

Greene County (77) – Landon Braun 7-11 1-2 20, Trey Tucker 7-17 4-7 19, Tyler Beger 2-11 1-4 5, Ried Lamoureux 1-2 1-2 3, Max Neese 1-5 3-4 5, Riah Nelson 1-6 4-5 6, Will Meinecke 4-7 0-1 9, Mitchell Gorsutch 2-5 3-3 8, Sico Boateng 1-1 0-0 2, Conner Wilkens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-65 17-28 77. 3-point field goals (8): Braun 5, Tucker, Meinecke, Gorsutch. Rebounds (28): Nelson 8. Assists (15): Tucker 6. Steals (12): Tucker 5. Blocks (1): Boateng.