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Transition game helps Reivers run past Tigers

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — The telling moment in No. 6 Iowa Western's 79-66 Region XI win over Marshalltown Wednesday came after a fast-break basket by Reiver Tavian Pomlee in the first half.

Marshalltown coach Brynjar Brynjarsson turned to his bench in disgust and uttered, “We have no transition defense.” He was exaggerating, of course, but his description didn't seem far off at times.

The No. 6 Reivers (21-1) turned sound defense into easy points in their first game since suffering their lone loss Saturday at Indian Hills. With the bounce-back victory, Iowa Western is 2-1 in Region XI play.

“I thought it was one of our best defensive efforts we've had in years,” Iowa Western coach Jim Morris said. “I thought we just guarded and took away their sets. Playing with a seven-man rotation, that was a tough, physical effort for us defensively.”

Iowa Western held Marshalltown's leading scorer, Chris Caird, to three points on 1-of-8 shooting. He had been averaging 17.4 points per game and scored 35 and 33 in recent Tiger contests.

Morris praised the defensive play of Josiah Coleman, who guarded Caird most of the night.

Offensively, Pomlee had the best night of his two-year college career. The sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, hit his first nine shots and finished with 28 points, including 18 in the first half.

Pomlee scored 10 of Iowa Western's first 16 points and also had three baskets during a 15-4 run by the Reivers in the first half that put their advantage into double figures for the rest of the game.

“I felt the confidence, and my teammates got me the ball in the right spots,” he said. “We just converted. I figured our defense would get our offense some buckets. We're a fast-break team.”

Pomlee got help on the offensive end from point guard Devin Brooks, who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists despite being charged with eight turnovers.

Tyrone Haughton led Iowa Western to a 56-36 rebounding advantage by grabbing 12 boards. The 6-foot-9 freshman post also blocked seven shots in the game and had a pair of dunks offensively.

Troidell Carter, averaging 9.4 points per game coming in, had 24 points for the Tigers (15-5), who fell to 0-3 in Region XI play. Cameron Robinson added 12 points for Marshalltown.

Marshalltown (15-5, 0-3) 2442—66

Iowa Western (21-1, 2-1) 3643—79

M: Holloway 0-1 0-0 0, Delinac 2-14 6-6 10, Caird 1-8 0-0 3, Gatali 2-6 2-4 8, Carter 11-22 2-2 24, Robinson 6-10 1-1 15, Ja. Coleman 2-4 1-2 6, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Adair 0-0 0-2 0, Brue 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 12-17 66.

IW: Pomlee 10-12 7-7 28, Jo. Coleman 3-8 2-4 8, Haughton 2-7 1-4 5, Brooks 8-18 3-5 21, Walker 4-19 1-2 12, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Bowie 2-6 0-0 5, Hudson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-71 14-22 79.

3-point goals: M 6-15 (Delinac 0-5, Caird 1-4, Gatali 2-2, Robinson 2-3, Ja. Coleman 1-1), IW 7-16 (Pomlee 1-3, Brooks 2-5, Walker 3-5, Bowie 1-3). Rebounds: M 36 (Gatali 12), IW 56 (Haughton 12). Assists: M 10 (Delinac 3), IW 15 (Brooks 7). Turnovers: M 14, IW 17. Total fouls: M 19, IW 14. Fouled out: None.

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