Cats win 2 straight to claim hardware

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
The Galva boys varsity basketball team won its first tournament hardware in a few years on Dec. 30, claiming the consolation title of the Princeville Holiday Tournament. Seen displaying their plaque are (front, from left) Brady Landis, Jake Warner, Tauge Rux, Jake McClintic; (back, from left) Brennan Steward, Greg Cortes, Kile Mott, Matt Pankau and Dustin Jacobson.

The Galva High School boys basketball team avenged a Dec. 18 home loss to Princeville and captured the consolation championship - winning their second game in a row - by defeating the Princes 64-51 in the Princeville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30.

“What a difference 12 days and a rededication to the fundamentals and excellence can make,” Galva coach Clay Haurberg said. “We had several opportunities to reach goals we had set for ourselves: One to place in this tournament, which we did, and the other was to avenge an earlier loss at home to Princeville.”

The win came a day after a 45-point blowout win by the Cats, who overwhelmed DePue 80-35 in a consolation semi-final game.

Sophomore guard Brady Landis nailed five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points in a 33-2 second quarter that propelled the Cats to the easy win.

In the Cats’ Dec. 28 opener, a sluggish second quarter led to a 78-54 loss to Lowpoint-Washburn.

For the rest of this story, which includes quotes and a recap of each game, see the Jan. 7 Galva News.