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Bulldogs battle past Woodward Academy

Sam Martin/DCN Ben Flaherty scored 16 points in Van Meter's 67-51 over Madrid on Tuesday.Buy Photo
Sam Martin/DCN Ben Flaherty scored 16 points in Van Meter's 67-51 over Madrid on Tuesday.

The Van Meter boys’ basketball team improved to 14-1 on the season with a 67-51 victory over Madrid on Tuesday at home.

The Bulldogs needed no furious second-half comeback as they did in a 68-63 overtime win over the Tigers earlier in the season. Solid shooting and a balanced attack were keys to victory this time, and a 20-point fourth quarter help secure the victory.

Ben Flaherty scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Stephen Folkerts added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Brittain had 15 points and seven assists, and Parker Suckow had 10 points and five steals. Van Meter shot 50 percent from the field (24-of-48) for the game.

Against Woodward Academy on Jan. 17, Van Meter turned on the jets in the first quarter and never looked back.

The Bulldogs outscored Woodward Academy 25-6 in the first quarter and rolled to a 74-42 victory, their 13th in 14 games this season.

Folkerts scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shoting, and added six rebounds as well. Flaherty scored 10 points and Brittain finished with nine. Eslick had eight points, four assists and seven steals, and Suckow finished with seven points and six steals.

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