Only one team in class 3A finished with a higher winning percentage than the Carroll boys basketball team this regular season.
It was a team Carroll beat.
The Carroll boys basketball team completed their regular season with a 72-68 victory over Harlan. The win gave Carroll their 20th win of the season. Only one other class 3A team, Ballard, finished with 20 wins in the regular season.
The Tigers were tested throughout their last regular-season game. At halftime, the Tigers were hanging onto a one-point, 37-36 advantage. Carroll had to crawl out of a 23-15 first-quarter deficit. They did so by getting the extra pass and getting Harlan to overextend the defense a little too much.
After grabbing the lead at halftime, the Tigers weren’t clear of the Cyclones just yet.
Both teams seemed to match each other in the third quarter. Eventually, Carroll came out with a two-point advantage to extend the lead.
The fourth quarter was even closer, as the Tigers outscored the Cyclones by one point to secure a 20th regular-season win.
Kaleb Booth led the Tigers with 25 points.
Tory Feldman added 13 points. Colby Christensen added 12 points. Treyton Goins and Nick Macke finished the game with seven points each. Kelin Jones added six points. Logan Fricke rounded out the scoring with two points.
Ballard finished the season as the No. 1 ranked team in class 3A with a 20-1 overall record. The one loss was in overtime to Carroll. Carroll fell twice in the regular season, once to Southeast Polk (4A) and once in a rematch against Ballard.