No. 5 Royals suffer first loss at Gilbert

Story and photos by Joe Randleman
No. 5 Royals suffer first loss at Gilbert

GILBERT - The Colo-Nesco boys’ basketball team couldn’t quite finish off a comeback versus Gilbert, suffering its first loss of the season, 68-63, at the hands of the Tigers Saturday in Gilbert.

The Royals, ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, hadn’t been even remotely tested in their first seven games of the season. Colo-Nesco entered the game with an average victory margin of 55.1 points per game.

Going up against a quality 3A school, Colo-Nesco looked out of rhythm in the early stages of competition. The Royals couldn’t get many stops on defense all throughout the first quarter, falling behind 22-11.

Colo-Nesco eventually settled down and got back in the game. The Royals shaved the Tiger lead to 31-27 at the half and by the end of the third quarter, Colo-Nesco was within one point.

But a comeback was not to be as Gilbert rallied with 21 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Royals and drop them to 7-1 on the season.

The 3-point shot wasn’t falling for Colo-Nesco versus Gilbert. The Royals only made 3 of 17 shots from behind the line.

Overall, Colo-Nesco shot just 36 percent from the field. The Royals did do a good job from the foul line, making 22 of 28 free throws and they also rebounded well in compiling 39 boards, including 13 on the offensive glass.

Christian Reischauer had 21 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block for Colo-Nesco in the loss. Brady Stoeffler put up 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block and Matthew Hill came off the bench to contribute 11 points and one block.

Grant Tiarks chipped in six points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block for the Royals.

Ryan Blum hit five 3-pointers and led Gilbert with 18 points. Adam Baker netted 14 points and Ryan Fleener tacked on 13 for the Tigers, who improved to 6-1 on the season.

Gilbert 68, Colo-Nesco 63

CN 11 16 19 17 - 63

G 22 9 16 21 - 68

Colo-Nesco (63) - Christian Montgomery 0-1 0-0 0, Brady Stoeffler 4-15 5-6 16, Philip Bower 0-0 0-0 0, Steven Cutler 0-0 0-0 0, Garret Tiarks 1-6 3-4 5, Matthew Hill 3-5 5-6 11, Tanner Clatt 2-4 0-0 4, Christian Reischauer 7-16 7-10 21, Caleb Cobbs 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Tiarks 2-6 2-2 6.

Totals: 19-53 22-28 63. 3-point field goals (3): Stoeffler 3.

Rebounds (39): Reischauer 12.

Assists (13): Reischauer 5. Steals (10): Stoeffler 3.

Blocks (4): Stoeffler, Hill, Reischauer, Gr. Tiarks.

Gilbert (68) - Adam Baker 5 3-5 14, Ryan Blum 5 3-4 18, Austin Graber 2 0-2 4, Ryan Fleener 6 0-4 13, Schuyler Hop 2 0-0 5, Will Turner 2 2-2 7, Cody Dvorak 0 0-0 0, Steven Lawrence 2 3-4 7, Zach Becker 0 0-0 0, Matt Barragy 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 24 11-21 68.

3-point field goals (9): Blum 5, Baker, Fleener, Hop, Turner.

COLO - It took a little wake-up call, but No. 5 Colo-Nesco eventually found its groove and ran away from Clarksville, 84-23, in an Iowa Star Conference matchup Friday in Colo.

The Royals had run roughshod in the first quarter over each of its first six foes. They had a scoring margin of 18.5 points through one quarter of play over their first six outings.

But with a game against Class 3A school Gilbert looming the following night, Colo-Nesco didn’t come out focused against Clarksville. The Royals actually found themselves trailing 7-2 midway through the quarter before rallying to take a 12-7 lead by the end of the period.

“I didn’t have them ready to go tonight,” Colo-Nesco head coach Pat Wynja said. “Their heads just weren’t in it. But that’s OK. We came back and did some good things.

After their poor start Wynja actually sat his starters for a stretch in the opening quarter. That proved to light a fire under the Royals for the rest of the game.

“He told us to get our stuff together and start focusing,” Colo-Nesco’s Christian Reischauer said. “Playing as a team and locking down.”

The Royals’ full-court press began to overwhelm the Indians in the second quarter. Reischauer scored six consecutive points - including two baskets off steals - to ignite a 13-2 run to start the quarter for Colo-Nesco.

“We wanted to come out and really pressure them and speed up the game so they couldn’t stall the time so we could get things going faster,” Reischauer said. “It helps us with our game plan to get going faster.”

By halftime, Colo-Nesco’s lead had swelled to 44-15. The Royals atoned for their poor first eight minutes of play with a 32-point explosion over the second quarter.

Colo-Nesco continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Colo-Nesco scored 29 points in the period and its defense was phenomenal, holding Clarksville to just two points during that stretch.

The huge spurts over the second and third quarters increased the Royals’ lead to 56 points going into the fourth quarter.

Balance once again was a major advantage for Colo-Nesco on offense. Six different players scored in double figures for the Royals.

“It’s nice to have a bunch of guys who can score from anywhere,” Reischauer said. “It’s nice to get them looks when they’re wide open.”

Reischauer did a fantastic job distributing the ball Friday as he handed out eight assists. He almost finished with a triple-double after also recording 12 points and nine steals.

Brady Stoeffler led Colo-Nesco in scoring with 19 points. He also had three assists and steals apiece.

Garret Tiarks put up 12 points and six rebounds and his older brother Grant tacked on 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Matthew Hill chipped in 10 points and one block off the bench.

The victory put Colo-Nesco at 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the ISC. Clarksville fell to 0-6 and 0-4 respectively.

Tanner Gilbert had eight points for the Indians in a losing effort.

Colo-Nesco 84, Clarksville 23

C 7 8 2 6 - 23

CN 12 32 29 11 - 84

Colo-Nesco (84) - Christian Montgomery 2-5 0-0 4, Sean Cutler 1-1 0-0 3, Parker Eley 1-1 0-0 2, Brady Stoeffler 8-11 2-5 19, Philip Bower 0-1 0-0 0, Steven Cutler 0-0 0-0 0, Garret Tiarks 6-7 0-0 12, Matthew Hill 5-7 0-0 10, Tanner Clatt 4-10 1-1 10, Bryce Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Reischauer 5-6 2-4 12, Caleb Cobbs 1-2 0-0 2, Grant Tiarks 4-5 2-2 10, Jacob Clatt 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 37-56 7-12 84.

3-point field goals (3): Se. Cutler, Stoeffler, T. Clatt. Rebounds (27): Ga. Tiarks 6, Gr. Tiarks 6.

Assists (22): Reischauer 8.

Steals (24): Reischauer 9.

Blocks (5): Gr. Tiarks 2, Stoeffler, Hill, Reischauer.

WATERLOO - Three awesome quarters were more than enough for Colo-Nesco in an 89-24 dismantling of Waterloo Christian Dec. 15 in Waterloo.

The Royals outscored the Regents by at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters. Colo-Nesco led 30-10 after one quarter, 59-16 at the half and 85-20 through three periods before coasting the rest of the way for its sixth victory of the season.

Colo-Nesco shot 62 percent from the field and held Waterloo Christian to nine field goals and 20-percent shooting from the field. The Royals had 31 assists on 40 field goals, posted a 42-18 rebounding advantage and came up with 24 steals.

Christian Reischauer had 20 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead a balanced attack that saw six Royal players score in double figures.

Matthew Hill put up 16 points, four rebounds and two blocks off the bench and Garret Tiarks and Tanner Clatt each netted 14 points. Clatt also had eight assists, six rebounds and five steals.

Brady Stoeffler finished with 12 points, six assists and one block and Grant Tiarks delivered 11 points, seven rebounds, eight steals and two blocks.

Timothy Doering led Waterloo Christian with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Luke Zwack added seven points and one block for the Regents.

Colo-Nesco 89, Waterloo Christian 24

CN 30 29 26 4 - 89

WC 10 6 4 4 - 24

Colo-Nesco (89) - Christian Montgomery 1-3 0-0 2, Parker Eley 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Stoeffler 5-8 0-0 12, Philip Bower 0-2 0-0 0, Steven Cutler 0-0 0-0 0, Garret Tiarks 7-8 0-0 14, Matthew Hill 5-7 6-6 16, Tanner Clatt 7-12 0-0 14, Bryce Niemeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Reischauer 10-13 0-0 20, Caleb Cobbs 0-4 0-0 0, Grant Tiarks 5-8 1-2 11.

Totals: 40-65 7-8 89.

3-point field goals (2): Stoeffler 2.

Rebounds (42): Gr. Tiarks 7.

Assists (31): Reischauer 9.

Steals (24): Gr. Tiarks 8. Blocks (5): Hill 2, Gr. Tiarks 2, Stoeffler.

Waterloo Christian (24) - Timothy Doering 3-13 -34 10, Luke Zwack 3-12 0-0 7, Ethan VanSickle 1-1 0-0 2, Jordan Liverance 1-5 0-0 3, Josh Fickus 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Cline 0-1 0-0 0, Timothy Thrall 0-2 0-0 0, Isaiah Krause 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Peters 0-4 0-0 0, Luke Wynthein 1-6 0-0 2.

Totals: 9-45 3-4 24.

3-point field goals (3): Doering, Zwack, Liverance.

Rebounds (18): Doering 5. Assists (3): Doering 2.

Steals (4): Doering 2.

Blocks (1): Zwack.