By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Pella Chronicle
---- — Pella left little doubt as to who was going to win Friday’s Little Hawkeye Conference clash between themselves and the Newton Cardinals.
Newton, playing at home, fell to the Dutch 86-60.
Pella’s Jordan Pingel and Isaac Naaktgeboren combined for 32 points, but that was only in the first half, as the Dutch took a 40-29 advantage into the halftime break.
In the second half, the two added to Newton’s misery by finishing with a combined 55 points.
Naaktgeboren had 31 points and Pingel chipped in 24.
Newton tried to counter with their strong guard play of Chandler Sturtz and Tyler Wood, but it wasn’t enough. Sturtz led the Cardinals with 21 points followed by Wood with 14. Nick Easley chipped in 12 points for Newton.
“We moved the ball well. We got some points inside, we hit some threes and we ran transition,” stated Pella Coach Mark Core. “We’re just becoming a difficult team to guard.”
The coach said add in the unselfish play of the players and their strong decision-making on the court and the Dutch look to be a team to be dealt with in the postseason.
Toss in some strong play on the boards. Nathan Clayberg has 16 rebounds for the Dutch, eight of them at the offensive end of the court.
Naaktgeboren added seven boards and three assists. Pingel was the assist leader with four.
Ryan Van Vark and Naaktgeboren each had two steals for Pella and Bryce Bortscheller blocked two shots.
There was never any serious doubt from the start of the game to the end as the Dutch were strong throughout the night.
Pella led 25-14 at the close of the first quarter. Pingel had 12 and Naaktgeboren 11 in the opening quarter.
The score was 40-29 at the half and 59-47 at the end of three.
The game went so well for the Dutch that reserves Sage Brandt and Ben Konfrst, who haven’t seen a lot of varsity action, were both 1-for-1 from three-point range to end the game.
Pella improved to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the Little Hawkeye Conference, good for second place behind league champion Dallas Center-Grimes.
Newton slipped to 8-6 in the LHC and 9-10 for the year.
Pella has now won five in a row and 12 of its last 13 contests.
Pella Scoring - (86) - Isaac Naaktgeboren 31, Jordan Pingel 24, Nathan Clayberg 8, Ryan Van Wyk 7, Seth Johnson 5, Garret Jansen 4, Sage Brandt 3, Ben Konfrst 3, Adam Carey 1.
Newton Scoring - (60) - Chandler Sturtz 21, Tyler Wood 14, Nick Easley 12, Daquan Allen 6, Connor Gholson 3, Joseph Banfield 2, Nick Glotfelty 2.