BOYS BASKETBALL - Strong second half lifts SL boys
STORM LAKE - Scott Ellens poured in a career-high 30 points, including 15 in the third quarter when Storm Lake made its comeback as the Tornadoes pulled out a 71-62 win over Schaller-Crestland on Saturday night at Tornado Fieldhouse.
Schaller-Crestland led 19-16 after the first period and 38-30 at the half. However, Storm Lake used a 25-12 spurt in the third quarter to grab a 55-50 lead heading into the fourth period.
Ellens scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half. Jeff DeHaan scored 15 points, Nick Skibsted eight and Bob Blanchard six.
Ellens cleared 15 rebounds for the Tornadoes, now 4-0. Skibsted and Mike Pierce each added six. DeHaan handed out five assists and Kurt Hanna, Brady Miller and Ellens each had three. Hanna charted four steals and DeHaan two.
Storm Lake made 26 of 53 field goals for 51 percent.
"We put a chaser on that Marcus Malcom, who was tearing us apart in the first half," Storm Lake coach Tim Keigan said. "I thought that kind of gave them a different look. We just hit the boards that third quarter and Scott Ellens kind of took over and we did a good job of getting him the ball."
Schaller-Crestland was led by Malcom's 32 points.
Marcus Malcom poured in 17 points to lead five players in double figures to help send Schaller-Crestland past Aurelia in Northwest Conference play last Friday night.
Schaller-Crestland jumped out to a 20-11 lead after the first period. It was 36-24 at halftime and 61-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
Nathan Johnson and Drew Wiener scored 14 points apiece, while Jim Alesch had 13 and Jason Pyle 12.
Heath Brecher led Aurelia with 13 points. Kasey Reilly added 12 for the Bulldogs.