IKM-Manning coach Keith Wagner (middle) talks with his team during a timeout. IKM-Manning’s Ethan Carter (40) and Amos Rasmussen box out Treynor’s Jack Tiarks on a free throw during last week’s game. Wolves’ junior Colten Brandt (24) shoots a floater in the lane. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

Cardinal boys hold off strong challenge from IKM-M

 MANNING (Jan. 25) -- Though it rarely led, IKM-Manning played right with 5th-ranked (2A) Treynor most of the way last Friday in a Western Iowa Conference boys game dominated by defense.
 The Wolves trailed 33-30 after three quarters and pulled within 42-38 following four straight Nathan Blankman free throws midway through the fourth.
 The Cardinals had the final word, however, using back-to-back deep three-pointers from Jack Stogdill and Jerry Jorgenson to push the lead to 10, then holding off IKM-M 56-46 to remain unbeaten in the WIC.
 The Wolves made it 50-45 with less than a minute to play, but Stogdill made six straight free throws the rest of the way (9-for-10 in the quarter) to cap a 19-point outing.
 Treynor, which also beat IKM-M 50-36 in December, improved to 14-1 overall and 12-0 in league play. The Wolves are now 11-6 overall and 10-4 in the WIC.
 Using their overall length, led by 6’10” post Jon Schwarte, the Cardinals held IKM-Manning’s top offensive player, Alex Lingle, to just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.
 Colby Keller hit 4-of-6 threes for the Wolves, including two in a row early that gave IKM-M a quick 8-4 lead, and finished with a team-high 12 points.

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