There’s no slowing down for Kalvin Langreck on his way to the basket Thursday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)
There’s no slowing down for Kalvin Langreck on his way to the basket Thursday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Two more conference wins last week kept the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team (17-3, 13-2 UIC) tied for the Upper Iowa Conference title. It all comes down to this week as co-leader MFL MarMac is left to play North Fayette Valley, while the Trojans host Clayton Ridge Tuesday night.

Slow start

Hosting Kee High (8-12, 7-8 UIC) Thursday night, the Trojans got off to a slow start, before getting down to business for the 70-43 win.

Down 9-4 early and left trailing 14-12 after the first eight minutes, TV needed to find the right gear to take control. In the second period, the Trojans picked up the defensive intensity and combined it with good ball movement on offense to turn the tides to a 30-19 halftime lead.

“At halftime we were all on the same page that this wasn’t our best two quarters of basketball but we still have the lead and in the second half we needed to come out and extend this lead and the kids responded,” said Coach Chris Sullivan.

In the third quarter, the Trojans outscored the Hawks 24-6 to put the game on ice despite Kee High’s best effort with 18 fourth-quarter points.

In a balanced offensive attack, five Trojans were in double figures. Keegan Balk poured in 15 points to lead the way. He provided support with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Ethan Leibold was there for a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Also with 11 points was Garrett Kurtenbach, while Eli Nymeyer knocked down 10 points. Kurtenbach also grabbed nine boards and came away with four steals.

On the road again

In the third game of the week, the Trojans faced North Fayette Valley (11-9, 8-7 UIC) Friday night on the road, topping the TigerHawks 69-41. 

“We challenged the kids to ‘complete the week’ and go give their best effort and play as hard as they can for as long as they can. The kids responded by being locked in and getting off to a quick start,” said Coach Sullivan.

And locked in the Trojans were, as they rolled out to a 23-5 first quarter lead. Keeping NFV in single digit scoring in the second frame, TV fired off 23 points for a 46-14 halftime advantage. The Red and White were spurred to the large lead with eight first-half treys. In the second half, Turkey Valley’s scoring slowed; however, the lead that was already built provided the cushion the Trojans needed for the win.

Nymeyer led the scoring charge with 21 points to accompany five rebounds and three steals. With 17 points was Balk with five boards and three assists. Leibold led TV under the basket with 10 rebounds, while Garrett Kurtenbach and Kalvin Langreck each chipped in seven points off the bench. 

Final week

The Trojans close out the regular season with two home games. TV hosted Don Bosco Monday night and will welcome Clayton Ridge tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.