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North Mahaska could not pull off the upset Tuesday when they hosted Montezuma. They had defeated the Braves in Montezuma in December, but the Braves hit two more treys and two more free throws to take a 57-50 win and likely knocked them out of contention for the league title.

Montezuma scored eight unanswered points to close out the first quarter to lead 18-10 and was able to hold a nine-point edge at halftime. In the third quarter North Mahaska held the Braves to just four free throws and one field goal in the third to trail 42-40. Monte went 5-for-6 at the foul line in the fourth quarter and held NM to four field goals for the victory.

Monte’s Masin Sharer led all scorers with 22 points and Gavin Strong had 12.

North Mahaska was led by Lane Harmon with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Nolan Andersen hit for 10 followed by Braden Steel with nine and Nash Smith with eight.