The Pirate boys of Galva-Holstein came out in dominant form as they led Alta 19-4 after the first quarter, and 41-18 at the half, before cruising to a 71-48 victory over the Cyclones in a non-conference basketball matchup Monday night.
Galva-Holstein power forward Taylor Nees nearly outscored Alta on his own as he turned in an absolutely dominant game. The senior finished with 36 points on 14-22 shooting, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.
Patrick McAreavy added 10 points for the Pirates while Isaiah Miller chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. Jordan Else totaled six points, five rebounds, and eight assists.
Galva-Holstein was firing on all cylinders shooting an even 50% (23-46) on the night while out-rebounding the Cyclones 43-29.
After a lights-out shooting performance against Aurelia in their prior game, Alta struggled to get their shots to fall as they went 21-63 including just 2-16 from three point range.
Austin Stille led the Cyclones with 19 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Ryan Friedrich added ten, and Michael Huseman finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
"We dug ourselves a big hole early and never seemed to get on track in the first half," said Cyclone head coach Dean Lietz. "We played them even in the second half, but the game was decided by then. Give Galva-Holstein credit as they are a very good team and played well."
The Pirates (5-0) are back on the court Friday night when they hit the road to take on Maple Valley-Anthon Oto.
Alta's matchup with Newell-Fonda on Tuesday was canceled due to weather conditions. No make-up date has been set yet.
The Cyclones are now off until January 6th when they travel to take on St. Mary's (2-2).