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Triton men edged at home

The Iowa Central men couldn’t overcome turnovers and a cold shooting performance here Saturday on day two of the Great Western Shootout.

After coming up just short on Friday night vs. Dakota County, the Tritons dropped a 58-54 decision inside Hodges Fieldhouse to Central-Columbus.

Kevin Taylor had a double-double, scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds, while Jordan Majeed scored 14 and Javonte Keck added 11.

For the Raiders, Kevin Cook had 16 points and 14 rebounds with both Trey Deveaux and Jayden Byabato scoring 12.

“So far this season, we’ve had stretches where we play really good, smart basketball, and stretches where we don’t,” Iowa Central head coach Chad Helle said. “Plain and simply, that’s why we have the record we do at this point. Until we can put it together for 40 minutes, we’re going to find ourselves in games like this.”

Iowa Central took an early lead on Central-Columbus as Majeed scored eight first half points and both Baker and Keck added six each. They led 28-19 at halftime, but finished the game shooting just 9-for-26 from the field, including 1 of 7 from the 3-point line.

Out of the break, the Raiders went on a 12-2 run to cut into the Triton lead, taking the lead at 38-36. Iowa Central would go back on top, 41-40, but Central-Columbus continued to apply pressure. Fueled by a 29-13 scoring run, the Raiders went up by seven late in the second half.

“We didn’t attack the basket there when our shots weren’t falling,” Helle said. “In the first half, we did a good job of that. When we got behind, we started rushing things.”

Taylor tied the game at 53-all but Central-Columbus scored the next five points.

In the loss to Dakota County, Barber scored 24 points and Baker had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Iowa Central returns to action Tuesday when they travel to Marshalltown.

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