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Solon boys roll past South Tama, 70-36

Spartans add road loss at West Delaware
Bo Janssen drives to the basket during Solon’s 63-43 loss to Beckman Catholic Jan. 31 in Solon.

TAMA– Solon kept South Tama winless.
Solon’s varsity boys notched their fifth basketball win of the season Feb. 4 in Tama, never looking back after an early lead for a 70-36 victory over the Trojans.
The Spartans were without leading scorer David Bluder, who suffered a sprained ankle in a Jan. 31 game against Beckman Catholic.
Stepping up to the plate was the entire team.
Twelve Solon players scored and the same number pulled down a rebound, led by junior Bo Janssen with 15 points (on 6-7 shooting from the floor) and eight rebounds. Junior Carson Shive added 13 points going 6-10 from the field, while junior Ben Cusick chipped in with nine.
The Spartans took a 14-3 first-quarter lead and built it into a 40-15 margin at halftime. Solon held the Trojans to nine points in the third, and held them overall to 38.7 percent shooting from the field, including 2-11 from three-point land (18 percent).
The Spartans shot 48.1 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from distance.
Solon also held the edge on the glass, out-rebounding South Tama 27-14, with 15 offensive boards (four by junior Drew Turner). The Spartans recorded 22 steals, with five by junior Will Noonan and four by senior Cam Miller.
But Solon could not keep the road magic going.
The West Delaware Hawks held the Spartans to 13 points over two periods Feb. 7 in Manchester and handed Solon a 65-41 loss.
The Spartans trailed 20-13 at the end of the first period but could only manage seven points in the second and six in the third. The Hawks enjoyed a 51-26 advantage heading into the final quarter.
West Delaware had three players in double figures, led by junior Kyle Kelly (19), junior Mitch Krogmann (16) and junior Eric Salow (10). The Hawks shot 51.2 percent from the floor, 43.7 percent from deep and 72 percent at the free throw line. Game statistics for Solon were not available.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 5-14 on the year with two games remaining in the regular season.
After heading to Maquoketa Feb. 11, Solon returns home to host Clear Creek Amana Friday, Feb. 14.