A slow start cost the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team a win here Friday in a non-conference game.
The Mustangs trailed early, but a rally in the second half fell a point short, falling 54-53 to Odebolt Arthur.
"We had a slow start offensively," coach Paul Loos said. "Our defense allowed us to get back in the game."
Loos said his team was down by as many as 13 points in the first half.
"We were within two in the third quarter, but OA built the lead back up to four points going into the fourth quarter," the coach added.
With six seconds left, Loos said, OA's Marcus Hansen made two free throws to give them a 54-50 lead. Newell-Fonda's Kane Koster hit a three point shot with about two seconds left for the final margin.
"I was pleased with our defensive intensity, but we have to settle in offensively at the start of games," Loos said.
The Mustangs were led by Matt Spaulding, who scored a team-high 22 points and added five rebounds. Kane Koster netted nine points.
Newell-Fonda committed 15 turnovers to 16 for Odebolt-Arthur. The Mustangs outrebounded O-A 36-25.
Shea Finneran led O-A with a game-high 28 points, with Bryan Leonard adding 18.
Sioux Central 47
Despite this loss last Friday in Alta, Sioux Central coach Chris Wildeman said his team played with 'great energy and intensity.
"We just got off to a slow start (an early 18-4 Alta lead) and couldn't recover,," he added. "I was proud of how the kids played. They just ran into a very good Alta team that shot the ball very well."
He says if this Rebels play with that type of intensity, "we'll win a bunch of games."
Tyler Walker led Sioux Central with 12 points and nine rebounds. Cole Buchholz pitched in with nine points and five assists.
Alta was on fire from three-point range, hitting 11 of 21 three-point shots. Sioux Central ourebounded the Cyclones 22-19. The Rebels forced Alta into 18 turnovers, and committed 17 of their own.
Sioux Central couldn't match the Cyclones'three-point shooting; The Rebels hit two of eight three-point shots.