The freshman Alta Cyclone boys basketball team extended its record to 3-0 with a convincing 65-35 win over the Knights.
The Cyclones took control of the first quarter with an 18-6 lead. By the end of the half they had extended their lead by 18 with a score of 38-16. By the beginning of the fourth quarter the game was out of reach for the Knights with the Cyclones leading 59-23.
Drew Lietz had a huge game with 21 points for the Cyclones. Tyler Boyd followed with 15 points. Paul Allerdings' in hs first game back, had 12 points.
Tyler Sliefert had 6, Alan Hinkeldey 5, Adam Holton 3, Brian Pedersen 2, and Jordan Letzring with 1.
Tyler Boyd led the team with 12 rebounds, Paul Allerdings had 10, Drew Lietz 7, Alan Hinkeldey 5, Brian Pedersen and Tyler Sliefert each had 3, and
Jordan Letzring followed up with 2.
Drew Lietz led the team with 3 steals. Allerdings and Pedersen added 2, and Hinkeldey and Sliefert both had 1.
Tyler Boyd had 5 assists, Alan Hinkeldey and Drew Lietz had 3, Paul Allerdings and Brian Pedersen had 2, Holton and Sliefert each with 1.
"I thought our team won this game because we pushed the ball up the floor well and got easy lay-ups. We also rebounded the ball very well as a team. We had 27 defensive rebounds which limits the opponent to very few second chance shots," said coach Smith.
The freshman Cyclones traveled to Milford where they improved their record to 4-0 while beating Pocahontas 58-31 in a round robin tournament.
At the end of the first quarter the Cyclones jumped out to a 22-6 lead. By halftime, the score was 33-17 and the Cyclones never looked back. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the score was 48-23.
Tyler Boyd and Paul Allerdings both led the team with 13 points each, Drew Lietz and Brian Pedersen both had 8, Alan Hinkeldey had 6, Jordan Letzring and Adam Holton chipped in 5 a piece.
Paul Allerdings grabbed 8 rebounds, Hinkeldey and Ridout each had 5, Tyler Boyd had 3, Sliefert and Lietz each had 2, and Holton, Letzring, and Pedersen pulled down 1.
Allerdings had 4 steals, Hinkeldey and Lietz each had 3, Boyd, Letzring, and Pedersen had 2 a piece, Sliefert with 1. Holton and Allerdings had 3 assists, Sliefert with 2.
"As a whole, the team played exceptionally well for it being a Saturday morning. I was very pleased with how they handled a 2-3 zone for the first time this season. Pocahontas was a tall and athletic team and I thought we
did a good job making them shoot from the outside instead of posting up our smaller players and getting easy buckets," added coach Smith.
In the second game at Milford, the Cyclones maintained their undefeated season of 5-0 by beating Okoboji by a score of 46-36.
At the end of the first quarter the Cyclones led 10-8 but at the half the Cyclones trailed 22-18. The Cyclones came out in the second half and regained the lead of 32-26 going into the final quarter.
Paul Allerdings led the team with 22 points while Boyd contributed with 11. Drew Leitz and Brian Pedersen each had 4, Hinkeldey and Ridout put in 2 each, while Jordan Letzring added 1.
Allerdings led the team by grabbing 8 boards. Boyd added 5, while Ridout had 4, Pedersen with 3, Lietz 2, and Letzring with 1.
Hinkeldey, Allerdings, Boyd, and Pedersen all had 4 steals. Tyler Sliefert, Holton, and Lietz each had 1.
Boyd led the team with 4 assists. Lietz and Pedersen each had 3, Holton with 2, Allerdings and Letzring had 1 a piece.
"I was pleased to see us maintain our composure while trailing at halftime. We made a few adjustments at half and made some early defensive stops toallow us to only hold them to 4 points in the third quarter," Smith said.
"We did not shoot the ball extremely well in this game but our defense made up for that. The reason we won this game was because of good half court defense."