TAMA - After watching Class 2A then-No. 2 West Marshall hold its top returning scorer without a point, Gladbrook-Reinbeck took the initiative and made a change.
Get Parker Bolt the ball.
The senior forward posted up and put down 13 of his season-high 19 points in the first quarter alone, sparking the G-R boys' basketball team to a 56-31 victory over winless South Tama in Monday's NICL West Division game.
Bolt scored nine of G-R's first 12 points - the Rebels led 12-0 before South Tama (0-7, 0-6) reached the scoreboard - and finished with 17 first-half points.
Colby Luethje added 10 points in the paint while Jacob Smoldt made three 3-pointers for nine points to lead Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-2, 4-2) back into the win column after Friday's 56-21 setback against now-No. 1 West Marshall.
"We're going to be the smaller team just about every time we play, that's just the reality of it," said South Tama head coach Lonnie Hammond. "There were some things we were trying to do and they didn't work. You can't paint that any other way."
Bolt's fast start was more than enough for the Rebels to hold STC at bay, even though the Trojans were coming off their two highest-scoring games of the season. South Tama was led by Jose Fonseca's 11 points, seven from Sam Kuhter and six out of Clay Waterbury, but G-R would not let them match their 69.5 point-per-game average from last week.
"They're solid inside and we knew they'd try to take advantage of their size, and at the other end we knew they were going to come with the pressure and we didn't handle that," said Hammond. "They didn't do anything to surprise us, we just didn't execute."
South Tama was hindered by 27 turnovers.
"Even though we came out flat, they kept fighting and trying," Hammond added of his squad. "I'm disappointed because we could have played better, the kids even said we could play better, but I'm not disappointed in their desire."
Kuhter and Waterbury both had six rebounds, while Brad Evans chipped in four points and three steals for STC. The Trojans close out the first month of the season with tonight's non-conference home game against Vinton-Shellsburg.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck is off until a Jan. 3 cross-NICL game against Hudson in Reinbeck.