The Schaller-Crestland boys basketball team improved to 4-8 on the season here Saturday night with a 69-54 win over Rockwell City-Lytton.
Wildcat senior post player Kevin Drake had a big night, notching a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Jim Alesch added 12 points and seven rebounds while Adam Barlow added 11 points.
The Wildcats broke the game open in the third quarter. After leading Rockwell City-Lytton 21-17 after one frame and 36-26 at the half, S-C allowed just three points in the third quarter while scoring 14 for a 50-29 lead at the last break.
"I was pleased with our man to man defense in the first half," said Wildcat head boys basketball coach Dale Tokheim. "But we went to a 2-3 zone in the third quarter and that confused them. We shut them down in that quarter."
Brent Miller led Rockwell City-Lytton with a game-high 23 points.
"They haven't won a game all season, but they have some good young talent," Tokheim said of RC-L.
"I was also pleased with our halfcourt offense and the way we passed the ball. We were even with them on the boards."
The Wildcats travel to Pomeroy-Palmer tonight in a return to Northwest Conference action. They're at Albert City-Truesdale Friday.
Alta 54, Cherokee 47
Alta's senior point guard Eric Holton scored a game-high 21 points in Cherokee Saturday night to lead the Cyclones to a 54-47 win in a non-conference, Class 2A showdown.
"We knew this would be a tough battle and it was," said Alta coach Larry McNutt. "We did a good job late in the game and made the big plays we had to."
"We did a better job at the free throw line and we got two nice wins over the weekend to end a tough week."
Saturday night, Alta led 17-14 after the first quarter and 31-24 at the half. But Cherokee outscored Alta 12-9 in the third quarter to pull to within 40-36 at the last break.
In a defensive-oriented game and fourth quarter, the Cyclones outscored Cherokee 14-11 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Steve Hamer added nine points for Alta while Jon Weinhold netted eight. Cherokee's Brock Campbell led his team with 14 points but was the only Cherokee player in double figures.
The Cyclones had a big edge on the boards, outrebounding Cherokee 37-22. Senior post player Heath Stille led the way with eight boards while Justin DeMan added seven and senior post player Luke Letzring six.
Alta was 14 of 24 from the free throw line while Cherokee made 14 of 16.