ALTA - Subzero temperatures outside couldn't match the fever inside the gym in Alta as the Cyclone boys basketball team snapped their two-game skid with a 49-47 upset of the previously unbeaten Sioux Central Rebels.
Sioux Central entered Tuesday night's Northwest Conference matchup a perfect 8-0 on the season and had taken it to Alta 60-40 in the season opener. What a difference a month can make.
The two squads battled back and forth all night with the Rebels holding small leads at the end of each of the the first three quarters of play.
However, the Cyclones kept hanging around, and with five seconds left to play in the game, Michael Huseman nailed a three to seal the Cyclone victory.
"What a tremendous high school basketball game," said Alta head coach Dean Lietz. "Sioux Central has a great team, and we played our hearts out. They grabbed the early lead and kept it but we kept playing and battling."
Alta trailed 14-18 after one, 26-31 after two, and 40-45 after three, but they held the Rebels to just two fourth quarter points to pull off the upset.
Huseman was clutch for the Cyclones all night as he had a team high 14 points to go with five rebounds, five steals, and three assists.
Austin Stille added 11 pints and six boards for Alta while Jack Mills and Jeremy Lambert rounded out their balanced scoring attack with 11 and 10 respectively.
Senior center Stuart Goslinga led Sioux Central with a game-high 18 on the night while Adam Ehlers added 13.
The win keeps the Cyclones in a tie for third place in the Northwest Conference at 4-3 in conference play alongside St. Mary's who topped Newell-Fonda 69-37.
"Our crowd was really supportive and provided a great atmosphere for a game, and our kids made the necessary adjustments and pulled out the win," said Lietz. "These two teams can each do very well in postseason."
Sioux Central (8-1, 6-1 in NW Conf.) looks to bounce back on the road against Aurelia (1-6) Friday night. Alta will look to build momentum as they head to Schaller Friday night to meet the Wildcats (0-7). Both games are scheduled to tip off at 8PM.