March 06, 2021

Area boys basketball roundup: Clarke struggles, CD battles POI pack

Mount Ayr, 73 Central Decatur 59

MOUNT AYR – Mount Ayr beat Central Decatur (10-5) Monday night 73-49.

The Cardinals led by nine entering halftime before a second-half rally by the Raiders put pressure on CD. The Raiders then pulled the game back and stormed ahead with a 20-11 third quarter and a 27-13 fourth quarter, both in their favor.

Kyle Linhart scored 17 points for CD, all off the bench. Cauy Masters scored 14 and Matt Boothe scored 11.

Pleasantville 67, Clarke 45

OSCEOLA – Clarke (5-9) lost to Pleasantville (5-9) Saturday, falling 67-45.

The Indians led 14-12 after the conclusion of the first quarter, but were outscored by eight in the second, leading to a halftime score of 35-29.

The Indians couldn’t regain the lead as Pleasantville hauled off for the win.

Stats were unavailable at time of press.

Central Decatur 65, Southwest Valley 62

CORNING – Central Decatur held on for a win against Southwest Valley Friday night, winning 65-62.

The Cardinals led 28-26 at halftime before expanding their lead to eight entering the fourth quarter. A late rally by the Timberwolves had CD sweating, but SWV couldn’t get ahead in the final minutes.

Trey Hullinger scored a game-high 24 points. Masters had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points.

Clarke 51, Davis County 48

OSCEOLA – A four-game losing skid was snapped Friday with Clarke topping Davis County in a 51-48 final.

Trailing at 25-22, the Indians rallied back to to take the lead and hold it for the win. An 11-6 third quarter helped close the gap for Clarke.

Leading in scoring was Nick Neer with 18 points. Jack Cooley had 11 points with seven rebounds.

Central Decatur 71, Chariton 44

LEON – Central Decatur routed Chariton Thursday night, winning 71-44.

CD led by three after the first quarter and never looked back, entering the fourth quarter with a 26 point lead.

Four Cardinals had double-digits in points. Masters and Boothe both tied for the high with 16 points, Jack Scrivner scored 15 points and Hullinger chipped in 12 points.

Masters had a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds.

Centerville 64, Clarke 59

CENTERVILLE – Clarke fell to Centerville Jan. 23 in a 64-59 score.

The Indians trailed 14-13 through the first quarter before Centerville pulled away with a 12-point difference in the second quarter. Clarke outscored Centerville by eight in the second half, but was short on a rally attempt.

Cooley led in scoring with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Neer scored 16 points.

Albia 72, Clarke 53

ALBIA – Clarke dropped an away game to Albia, losing 72-53 Jan. 22.

Trailing by five entering the fourth quarter, Albia got separation on a 20-6 fourth quarter to lock up a win.

Leading in scoring for Clarke was Cooley with 12 points. He also had nine rebounds.

Central Decatur 68, Nodaway Valley 47

LEON – The Cardinal boys beat Nodaway Valley Jan. 22, winning 68-47 in a Pride of Iowa contest.

A 21-12 first quarter in favor of the Cards put pressure on NV through the rest of the game. CD never led the margin slip, leading to the win.

Masters scored 23 points in the win and grabbed 13 rebounds, both game-highs.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 72, Clarke 48

EDDYVILLE – Clakre lost big to E-B-F Jan. 19, losing 72-48.

Clarke trailed by 10 through the first quarter (26-16) and never closed the gap as E-B-F expanded throughout the contest.

Cooley scored a game-high 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He had a team-high six assists. Neer led in steals with five.

Central Decatur 50, Bedford 37

LEON – Central Decatur beat Bedford in a Pride of Iowa battle, winning 50-37.

The Cardinals led by nine after the first quarter and held the margin entering halftime at 25-16. CD expanded the lead and held for the win.

Boothe led in scoring with 17 points. Trey Hullinger led in scoring with 12 points.

Clarke 78, Chariton 40

CHARITON – Clarke blew out Chariton, winning 78-40 Jan. 12.

Clarke led 18-9 before expanding the lead to 46-26 at halftime. The Indians expanded the lead, and never let the Chargers contend for the win in the second half.

Eleven different Indians got into the scorebook, Dalton Sutbbe and Neer being the leaders in points with 14. Stubbe also led in rebounds with nine.

Cooley had eight rebounds and a team-leading nine assists. He scored 13 points.