SIOUX RAPIDS - The top two teams in the Northwest Conference squared off in Sioux Rapids Monday night as the Sioux Central Rebels and Laurens-Marathon Chargers squared off to make up their previously canceled game that was set to take place December 19th.
The effects of the long layoff showed as both teams turned in their lowest scoring efforts of the season. In the end, clutch free throw shooting and a dominant performance on the boards propelled the Rebels to a 41-34 decision.
"Both teams looked rusty coming out of Christmas break," said Sioux Central head coach Chris Wildeman. "We were fortunate enough to make some big shots at the right time."
Neither team shot particularly well with the Rebels making just 9 of 38 field goal attempts to 10 of 35 for Laurens-Marathon. Sioux Central was able to convert on 14 of 21 free throws to just 5 of 18 for the Chargers.
The Rebels trailed 20-18 at the half and 29-28 after three, but a 13-5 fourth quarter advantage pushed them to 6-0 on the season.
Sioux Central dominated the boards as the outrebounded Laurens-Marathon 40-22 led by 21 from senior center Stuart Goslinga who also led all scorers with 13. The Northwestern (Ia) commit is currently third in state, in all classes, with just over 15 rebounds per game.
Adam Ehlers had another impressive showing for the Rebels as he turned in 11 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Trevor Tiefenthaler added five points and four steals.
Ryan Stumbo led the Chargers with eight points and six rebounds on the night. Adam Woodin added seven points and four boards, and Zach Lovin and Brett Wollum each chipped in with six points apiece.
Laurens-Marathon (4-1) now gears up to take on Alta (3-3) at home Friday night with tip off at 8PM. Sioux Central begins a four-game road stand tonight at East Sac (5-2) followed by Southern Cal (4-2) Saturday. Both games are set to tip off at 7:30PM.