The Alta junior varsity boys basketball team split two games this past weekend at their own tournament, downing BCIG, 64-40, and falling to TRV, 66-58.
Alta 64, BCIG 40
The Cyclones controlled the contest against BCIG from the start, as they raced out to a 29-14 halftime lead and increased that lead throughout the second half, finishing with the 24-point victory.
Balanced scoring paced Alta in the BCIG win, as every Cyclone scored at least three points. Justin DeMan was the only Alta player in double figures with 14, while Jamie Hammer and Jon Francis each scored nine, Nick Nesbitt seven, Heath Stille six, Steve Hamer five, Nate Hinkeldey and Joel Corlew four, and Luke Letzring and Thomas Allerdings each contributed three points.
DeMan led the Cyclones on the boards with 11, while Allerdings posted seven rebounds and Hinkeldey and Francis each grabbed five boards. Hamer and Hammer each had two steals and Nesbitt dished out four assists.
"We dictated the tempo and the game, except a stretch in the beginning of the second half, in which we turned the ball over way too many times," Coach Grant Bousum said. "Overall I was pleased with our play in the BCIG game. We received contributions from everyone and everyone quite a few minutes. It is great when every player on your team scores."
TRV 66, Alta 58
The beginning of the game was a carbon copy performance from Alta, as the Cyclones burst to a 16-8 lead, but TRV rallied late in the first half to take a 33-28 lead at the break.
TRV led by three after three periods, but a late fourth-quarter comeback by Alta was not enough as TRV held on for a 66-58 victory.
Hinkeldey led the way for Alta with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Stille scored 11 and DeMan chipped in 10 points. Nesbitt also dished out five assists and DeMan handed out three assists.
"The effort was there to win this game, but we turned the ball over too many times to beat a quality team like TRV," Bousum said. "We did not handle their pressure late in the first half and they scored about six straight points. The second half was close the whole way, but we just could not regain the lead. We have a big week this week and I know we will bounce back from this loss."
The Cyclones now hold a 6-5 overall record after the split of the Alta Junior Varsity Tournament.