The North Tama boys' basketball team is off to a fast 2-0 start thanks to their propensity to shut down opponents early. The boys leapt to a big lead against Belle Plaine in the season opener and never looked back, repeating the feat in their home opener the following night against Colo-NESCO in Traer.
On Monday night, the boys led 36-13 at the half and allowed just two points in the third quarter of play, allowing them to coast to a 68-37 victory over Belle Plaine.
Jacob Wrage led the team with 13 points, dealt out three assists, compiled five steals and snagged a pair of rebounds. The Redhawks' leading rebounder was Nolan Hefty, who grabbed seven. Hefty also scored 11 points in the lopsided defeat.
Brent Billerbeck had three assists on the night to go along with four steals, and sophomore Paul Kaufmann was proficient from behind the arc, hitting two of his three-point attempts.
The boys had a quick turnaround, returning home to face Colo-NESCO the following night, but the short layoff didn't affect them one bit - they jumped out to a 44-19 lead at the half and finished the game with a 40-point margin of victory, winning 81-41.
Skyler Kvidera scored a career-high 16 points, and everyone got in on the action. Every Redhawk who took the court on Tuesday night scored at least once.
Nolan Hefty had 13, Paul Kaufmann scored 12 points, and Mitchell Boerm netted 10 points and six rebounds.
Jacob Wrage was a bit off his scoring average with seven points, but did compile four steals. Dalton Hulme, who also had four steals in the contest, chipped in with six assists and four points of his own.
The Redhawks take their 2-0 record on the road this Friday night when they play Don Bosco Catholic at 8 p.m. in Gilbertville.