Trailing through most of three quarters, the Sioux Central boys basketball team played tough down the stretch here Friday night, dealing Schaller-Crestland a 50-48 loss.
The Rebels trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, and took their first lead at 40-39 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Sioux Central trailed 39-38 after three frames, then outscored Schaller-Crestland 12-9 in the fourth quarter for the final two-point margin.
The Rebels trailed 22-10 after one quarter but allowed just 26 Wildcat points after that.
"We didn't play with much energy in the first half," Sioux Central coach Chris Wildeman said.
"We played good team defense and that's what won it for us."
Rebel post player Tyler Walker had a big night, notching a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Cole Buchholz added ten points and seven rebounds while guard Josh Dahlin added nine points and three boards.
Walker hit the game's biggest shot in the fourth quarter, canning a three to turn a three-point deficit into a tie at 46.
Dahlin made one of two free throws for a 47-46 lead with 1 minute, 30 seconds left.
Schaller-Crestland had a number of opportunities to tie or take the lead, but could never retake the lead.
Schaller-Crestland's all-conference guard Justin Pyle led the Wildcats with 17 points.
St. Mary's 37
The Panthers played right with the Mustangs for three full quarters, but were outscored 14-10 in the fourth quarter in Newell Friday night.
The Mustangs led 10-8 after one quarter, and the game was tied at 20 at the half. The Mustangs went on a 15-7 run for a 35-27 lead after three frames.
With the win, N-F improved to 4-2 in conference play and to 45-4 overall.
"St Mary's came out ready to play and also played some tenacious defense," N-F coach Paul Loos said.
"We weren't patient with out offense in the first hall, but their defense had something to do with that," he added.
"We were more relaxed in the second half and were able to knock down some shots."
Sophomore Brad Anderson led the Mustangs with 13 points while Chad Buchholz and senior Jacob Jeppeson each hit double figures with ten points.
Devin Landgraf led the Panthers with 11 points while senior center Andy Dahm pitched in with ten. Newell Fonda plays host to Alta Tuesday night.
St. Mary's will play in as CYO tournament today and Sunday.