January 31, 2014

North Mahaska boys edge Sigourney

Herald correspondent


North Mahaska was looking for a way to handle Sigourney’s top scorer in order to capture a South Iowa Cedar League win Tuesday. 
The job fell to sophomore Jakob Bortell, who limited Sigourney’s Blaine Gretter to nine points and scored seven of his own to help the Warhawks to a 52-47 victory.
Gretter was averaging 19 points per game. Bortell shadowed him and kept him from getting into his rhythm. Gretter managed seven rebounds.
Bortell meanwhile had a strong evening adding six rebounds, two assists and a steal to his scoring total.
North Mahaska coach Jeff Phillips was pleased with the effort.
“Jakob Bortell did a very nice job of keeping Gretter at nine points,” said Phillips. “He averages 19 per game. Bortell also made a key three-point play down the stretch for us.”
Sigourney held the lead 11-6 after the first period and was able to keep the edge at halftime leading 24-19. North Mahaska rallied in the third period to take  control in the third period out scoring the Savages 17-9  to lead by three.
North Mahaska’s Trent Roose was back in the lineup and scored 11 points and had four assists. Connor Hehli recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was credited with three blocked shots. North Mahaska point guard Adam Pothoven had 13 points with three assists and three steals.
Despite Gretter’s limited scoring, Junior Colby Kerkove drilled 4-of-5 three pointers to finish with 12 points to lead the Savages. Teammate Kevin Weber had 11 points and three steals. Shane Swearingen had five points but collected seven assists.
North Mahaska will host English Valleys Thursday in a makeup contest.